'60s

'60s

Paul W. Wire ('61) of Bethany, OK passed away on September 27, 2011. Surviving relatives with SNU connection are: Spouse- Teddy (Wood, '71) Wire; Siblings-Ruth (Wire, '65) Briscoe, Carol (Wire, '68) Coose, Mary (Wire, '88) Taylor; Children-Patty (Wire, '80) Shelhorn, Eddie Wire ('79); Grandson-Kevin Kastner ('95.) (10/11)

Orlando Jantz ('61) of Minneola, KS passed away May 24, 2011. Surviving family members connected with SNU include wife, Naomi (Kornelson, '61) Jantz; daughter, Denise (Jantz, '83) Franklin; daughter, Charlene (Jantz, '97) Janzen; and sibling, Ken Jantz ('60). He was a faithful member of the Planned Giving Club. (7/11)

James Turner ('60) joined the US Navy after his Freshman year at BNC.  He served as a Flight Engineer on a R6D transport aircraft at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.  He worked for IBM for ten years.  He then worked in construction for many years.  He finished his BS and MS in Construction Management at Texas A&M.  He continued to work until June, 2008.  He says, "I am unemployed, not retired yet!"   (9/08)

Karen (Peer/Robertson, '62) Kennedy and her husband, Garth are both retired.  They enjoy volunteering at the Visitor's Center at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.   (9/08)

Roberta Steininger Reed ('62) passed away August 19, 2007.  She was a resident of San Diego, California.   (1/09)

Nelda Charm Thomas ('62) passed away October 17, 2008.  She was a resident of Hamilton, Montana.  Nelda was a popular speaker at Bible conferences, retreats, seminars and Bible camps. She maintained a full schedule of speaking engagements and additionally, taught two Precept-Upon-Precept Bible classes each week. Nelda was first and foremost a Bible teacher who brought joy, inspiration and encouragement to the hearts of thousands. With her contagious passion for the word of God she communicated in such a clear and understandable way as to cause her students to want to dig deeper and learn more about God and His ways.    (1/09)

Clifton O. Wooldridge ('63) passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008.  He married Hermione "Billie" Mayfield on her high school graduation day.  After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked in the oil field service business. When he received his call to preach, he attended Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) where he received his bachelor's degree in 1963.  Wooldridge served pastorates in Nocona, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; West Memphis, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas, before his final church, Fort Worth, Texas, Northside Church of the Nazarene, where he pastored for more than 26 years.   (1/09)

After 16 years managing Student Finance departments in college and universities, Jo (Alexander, '65) Leopard has accepted a position as a SFA Compliance Auditor in which She audits colleges and universities to ensure federal funding is processed according to the US Department of Education regulations.  She lives in Gulfport, Mississippi with her ShihTzu puppy, Alex.   (9/08)

Laverne R. Wilson ('65) passed away in September.  He was a resident of Frederick, Oklahoma.  (10/08)

Linda (Ladd, '66) Nicholson is the University Fund Director at Northwest Nazarene University.  She makes her home in Nampa, Idaho.   (9/08)

Patricia (Gentry, '67) Brown is working for the US Department of Homeland Security. She makes her home in Austin, Texas.   (1/09)

Walter “Rusty” Smith (’67) has retired after 37 years with Texaco and Shell Oil Companies. During his career Rusty held various marketing positions with Texaco in Oklahoma and Texas. He was the founding CEO and President of the Texaco National Bank in Omaha, Nebraska, and served as the Managing Director of Texaco’s Credit Card Center for the US, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Following a partial merger of Shell and Texaco in 2002, Rusty was an employee of Shell Oil until his retirement in 2004. Since retirement he has been a private consultant in the credit card industry. He is married to Jane (Clifton,’66). Jane has had a very rewarding career as a teacher for 32 years in Oklahoma and Texas. They have two grown children, and are currently living on Lake Conroe, in Montgomery, Texas. (10/08)

Lois (Wallis, '67) Woodcook worked at Boise State University as trainer for social workers.  She is now retired.  She and her husband, Dale, make their home in Meridian, Idaho.    (11/08)

Wendell Thompson ('68) retired last July from the Oklahoma Wesleyan University.  He had been the Library Director there for 34 years.  He and Amelia (Coose, '59) have been happily married 41 years and have a doctor son and a pastor's wife daughter.  They are living in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Wendell plans on competing in the Seniors/Masters Croquet Tournament at West Palm Beach, Florida in November.  He was the champion of this tournament in 2005 and he hopes to repeat!  (11/08)

Jim Garlow ('69) Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has recently named Southern Nazarene University’s alumnus, Dr. Jim Garlow as Chairman of Renewing American Leadership (ReAL), a non-profit organization that Gingrich created and is based in Washington, DC. For the last 14 years, Dr. Garlow has served as Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, CA and will continue to do so. He is an author, communicator, commentator, historian, and cultural observer. Garlow is heard daily on over 800 radio outlets nationwide in his one-minute historical commentary called “The Garlow Perspective.” In addition he airs a 30-minute broadcast called “The Garlow Perspective Special.” Garlow has done over 750 radio, TV and print interviews – national and local – covering a wide range of topics: historical, theological, marriage and family issues and cultural trends. Dr. Garlow has authored eleven books including the New York Times best seller Cracking Da Vinci’s Code (co-authored with Peter Jones), selling nearly 450,000 copies. Jim has appeared on numerous national TV shows on NBC, CNN, Fox, NSNBC and CNBC. He graduated from Drew University (Ph.D. in historical theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Theology), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), Southern Nazarene University (B.A. & M.A.), Oklahoma Wesleyan University (A.A.). As a chairman of ReAL, Dr. Garlow’s particular role will be to be the “face” of ReAL in media, such as Fox News, CNN, etc., write op-eds and author books, speak on the topics related to ReAL’s goals, and activate pastors and Christian leaders to challenge their congregations and respective constituencies to fully understand the moral and biblical underpinnings to the freedoms we enjoy. Dr. Garlow and his wife have four children and five grandsons. For more information on Dr. Jim Garlow visit www.jimgarlow.com.