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  • Lissa Walls Vahldiek, '80

    EXTRA, EXTRA – Read all about her!

    November 19, 2007

    Lissa Walls Vahldiek '80 isn't from Texas, but as the saying goes, "she got here as fast as she could!" And, to borrow another expression, "that's a good thing." This enterprising woman who chairs the Trinity Board of Trustees is also the vice...Read more

  • Cecil Hale, '38

    A Man of True Chemical Ingenuity

    November 19, 2007

    A stellar career as a chemist and a philanthropic nature has earned Cecil H. Hale '38 Trinity University's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hale will be honored, along with co-recipient David Weekley (see related profile in this edition of Alumnet),...Read more

  • Helen Degen Cohen, '57

    Writing the War

    November 19, 2007

    "While they were heroic and good people, my parents did not want me to write. They were very practical and thought writing was frivolous, and perhaps dangerous, in Europe. The woman who hid me from the Nazis, when I was about eight, had a more...Read more

  • Russell Hair, '58

    Once in A Blue Moon

    November 19, 2007

    Russell Hair '58 is a Southern gentleman with a story. This one is about his walk on St. Simons Island, Ga., with two Cavalier King Charles spaniels and one Yorkshire "terror."

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  • Lee Hunnell, '58

    Reaching Up to God

    November 19, 2007

    Lee Adcock Hunnell '58 has dedicated her life to her family, God, and a law career with the prestigious firm of Fulbright and Jaworski. Lee says she is most proud of her family life - a long marriage to husband, Jack, who has a doctorate in food...Read more

  • Arlene Cortez Leonhardt, '55

    With a Drama Degree, She Became a Star Teacher

    November 19, 2007

    When Arlene Cortez Leonhardt '55, received her BA in drama, she never dreamed her theatrical stage would be a rural Texas GED classroom with parts being played by Hispanic parents, eagerly learning English to help their children through school....Read more

  • Patricia Salmon, '54

    Patricia Salmon '54, Charmed Citizen of the World

    November 19, 2007

    San Antonio native Patricia Salmon '54 knew she wanted to travel as soon as she graduated from Trinity with a degree in speech and drama. What she didn't know was that her desire would turn her into a global traveler and a collector of one of the...Read more

  • Ben White, '51

    Big Ben

    November 19, 2007

    Most sleepy Texas mornings, you'll find 76-year-old Ben White '51 up and at 'em, as they say around these parts. Never one to let grass grow under his feet, this retired auto fuel specialist spends his time working his acreage in Helotes, just...Read more

  • Joe Armstrong, '65

    Friendly Texan Conquers New York Media World

    November 19, 2007

    Don't let the Justin boots and the cheerfully drawled "Howdy" fool you. Joe Armstrong '65 is one savvy and sophisticated dude. And in spite of being what New York columnist Liz Smith calls a "professional Texan," he has taken the New York...Read more

  • Melissa Brownell, '64

    Taking a Page from An Artist’s Book

    November 19, 2007

    "It's all fun to me!" That's Santa Fe artist Melissa Brownell '64, never one to miss an exciting opportunity. This talented painter and ceramic molder just finished her first book, "The Gypsy Watchers." Patrons in her art gallery requested the...Read more