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Soar Day 2021



September 17th was LeTourneau Technical Institute's first official day of classes. That day, in 1946, was when LeTourneau University took off and started to soar!!!

On this Soar Day we want to capture "who made a difference" for you or for your graduate while attending LeTourneau. In recognition of our 75th anniversary of LeTourneau’s existence, we are suggesting a minimum gift of $7.50 per faculty or staff that you are wanting to honor or remember (example: 2 honorees = $15.00 etc.).

After you complete the gift section below, please complete the section telling us who you are honoring (and why). Every honoree that we have contact information for will be informed of the difference they made in your life.

Of course, you can also give a gift in recognition of your class year, your floor, your team, or the academic department where you spent most of your time. We only ask, in that case, that you consider making a gift that contain the numbers "7" and "5"*.

*Any amount at or above $5.00 will be accepted but gifts that recognize our 75th anniversary are being encouraged.

Wall of Celebration

Honoree Note of Celebration
Hughey, Jim Thanks for your leadership
Fowler, Dr. Richard Thanks for your impact in my life
Johnson, Dr. Bobby You really mattered to our son, Nicholas. Thank you for making a difference!
Johnson, Dr. Bobby Thank you for encouraging me in grad school. You always knew I would be a history teacher/professor long before I knew it.
Mason, Dr. Steven Thanks for believing in me and for all your encouragement through the years!
Feezell, John He provided excellent guidance in my faith and educational walk on a weekly basis.
Kubricht, Dr. Paul Thank you, Dr. K, for sharing your days, wit, and wisdom with us and teaching us to see the end from the beginning.
Anson, Dr. Scott You were the first voice and face of LETU to our family that God used to show us this was the place for our son! Thank you for your passion for your ministry at LETU.
Chance, Dr. Sherry So thankful you were Jasmine's Advisor!! You made and continue to make a HUGE difference in her life. We appreciate you so much!!
Ames, Dr. Jimmy

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Teel-Borders, Dr. Julie

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Stephens, Dr. Kathy

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Jacobs, Dr. Wayne

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Hilburn, Jodie

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Trogdon, Mary Beth

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Trogdon, Dr. Duane

Thank you all for impacting our Daughter's Education and life

Courson, Rita

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Ostendorff, Daniel

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Yeakley, Randy

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Bevan, Tom

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Fritz, Michelle

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Werman, Roberta

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Ames, Elissa

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Ritchey, Gail

You are a blessed Teammate!!

Austin, Dr. Bud

Thanks for your leadership!

Lunsford, Dr. Dale

Thanks for inviting me back!

Phillips, Portia

Thanks for your service!!

Batts, Dr. Martin

Thanks for you impact in my life!

Farrell, Dr. Hobert

Thanks for the impact in my life!

Bassett, Sheldon

Thanks, Coach, for all the memories!

Greer, Bert

In loving memory!

Hardwick, Dr. Harry & Edith

In loving memory!

Crane, Dale

Dale made a huge difference for me as I prepared to do Aircraft Maintenance for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 46 years.

Merritt, Coach Suzanne

Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do for the Tennis Teams at LeTourneau. You are the best!

Low. Dr. Darryl

Thank you for the influence you have had on our son and his education and success.

McGraw, Joe

Mr. Joe McGraw was the best math professor ever and gave memorable devotions each class as well.

Durham, Dr. Ken

Dr. Ken Durham was a wonderful history professor, and his classes were so interesting. He became my friend as well as professor.

Crawford, Jack

I'm honoring him for his teaching methods, I learned a lot and spent 26 1/2 years teaching HS, MS, Alternative, and Part-time College Math. I'm now retired.

ErickStad, Roger

My counselor

Beatty, Dr. Phillip

My physics professor

Batts, Dr. Martin

Dr. Batts taught my two most favorite courses at LeTourneau; C.S. Lewis and Christian Apologetics. Many of the things I learned still guide me today, especially the exhortation to be a critical thinker.

Douty, Mrs. Connie

Patience, kindness, and sweet joy in the Lord are what I saw in you. Thank you for your loving example. I am richer for having known you. You are missed.

Bitikofer, Lauren

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Alexander, Alex

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Robinson, Larry

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Scroggins, Dave

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Benson, Bryan

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Moore, Gordon

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Benson, Mary Jackson

You helped keep me centered and sane while being a great example of God's love. THANK YOU!

Thrasher, Dr. Bill

You help change our daughter’s life. "Remember you are a woman (in Engineer) and appreciate both your effective and affective capabilities". Our daughter graduated in 1997.

Gonzalez, Dr. Roger You help change our daughter’s life. "Remember you are a woman (in Engineer) and appreciate both your effective and affective capabilities". Our daughter graduated in 1997.
Hood, Dr. Don You help change our daughter’s life. "Remember you are a woman (in Engineer) and appreciate both your effective and affective capabilities". Our daughter graduated in 1997.
Graff, Dr. William

Thank you for all the support and opportunities to make a career and living in engineering and providing a model for workplace and faith

Quiett, Dr. Kimberly

Your personal dedication to every nursing student is evidence of your walk with the Lord. May Jesus be praised through your leadership.

Anson, Dr. Scott

Thank you for your dedication and commitment in LETU. Being the instrument of God to minister in the Department of Mechanical Engineer. My son is in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Praying for your continued blessing.

Benson, Bryan & Mary

Thank you for your encouragement and most importantly, your friendship over the years and your prayers. May God continue to bless you. My prayers will always be with you.

Carr, Roger

Thank you for the impact you had in my life as a student and as a colleague. You are a blessing!

Lee, Dr. Kyun

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Reynolds, Dr. Greg

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Hummel, Dr. Scott

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Ball, Dr. Steven

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Zeitlow, Dr. Terry

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Melton, Chad

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Ayers, Dr. Stephen

In the classroom and out, your efforts to value students and teach well (coursework and life!) are much appreciated!

Spottswood, Richard

My mentor who taught me much about all things electrical. Provided a practical & academic base for 39 years of successful electrical field engineering in the power industry.

McKinley, Dr. Kenneth

Made Old and New Testament Survey courses interesting and applicable to my life.

Ellis, Glenn

Provided flight instruction and first dual cross country trip - 3 hours & 45 minutes in Taylorcraft BC-12, Tail Number N44016.

McKinley, Dr. Kenneth F.

Dr. McKinley's ministry changed my life in many ways! I am so thankful that the Lord led me to LeTourneau in the spring of 1959! Dr. McKinley came in the summer of that year and was a blessing to many students! 

Crane, Dale

: I came to LeTourneau with 11 hours of student pilot time. Dale provided additional flight instruction, and helped prepare me for the FAA written test.

Selby, Robert

A wonderful person and teacher of general engineering courses.

Armstrong, Dr, Steve

Your Software Engineering course I ignited a passion for Software Engineering, which I still love many years later! Thank you!

Erickstad, Roger

Erickstad I still remember your stories of skiing in Colorado

Demings, Dr. 

I still apply what I learned in your Statistics course. Thank you!

Chase, Bruce

His passion for aviation has been an inspiration for decades. It’s inspiring and I pray it continues for many more!

Thompson, Earl

Learned a lot about auto engines and auto electrical systems in the mechanical technology area. This included overhauling an engine in class. Took these two elective classes that would be of practical value to me in the future.

Page, Martin

Took a class in Statics from the mechanical technology area. This was interesting and well taught from this young and talented newcomer to the faculty. Later on Martin married one of my classmates, Ellen Bancroft.

Foley, Charles

I had no classes under Mr. Foley. But I did work with him when he was Registrar. We used the LeTourneau plant IBM punched cards and machines to process mid-term and final grade reports. A wonderful person to work with.

LeTourneau, Dr. Richard

I had no classes under Richard LeTourneau. But he and his wife Louise became good, long term friends to me, my wife Barbara, and Barbara’s parents Rev. Charles and Dot Droppa.

Carr, Roger

Even though your classes were excellent, the most thing I remember is the devotions you gave before class each day. They were an inspiration to me and enhanced my walk with Jesus. Thank you for your commitment.

Clark, Tom

I really enjoyed your classes but most of all, your friendship. You and your wife Maggie will always hold a special place in my heart and my wife's Denise. Thank you!

Baumer, Dr. Richard

thank you for the instruction and encouragement you gave our son, Cody. He had a wonderful experience at LETU and you were a big part of that.

Bickford, Gene

Gene Bickford (Class of 1975) who first introduced LETU to our family.

Harder, JC

As an aviation/business transfer student from western Canada I thank the Lord for JC inviting me to be a part of the instructional staff of the then new flight training degree program at LeTourneau. We became fast friends.

Cone, Collin

You are the reason my son Blake wanted to attend LETU. You are an amazing man, person and coach. Thank you for all you do!

Lee, Dr. B Kyun

Dr. Lee pushed me to do better and integrate my walk with the Lord into my schooling and my career. Thank you Dr. Lee!

Younger Jr., Dr. K. Lawson

As an Engineering student, those “other” classes can be seen as a break from the core subjects. Dr Younger made the Old Testament come alive, from finding the theology in the genealogies to the writing style of Judges.

Kielhorn, Bill

for raising a godly daughter, now my wife and for the living example of biblical living.

Williams. Johnny

for a solid foundation in accounting principles

Bitikofer, Lauren

for hours spent in a Cessna 140 cockpit in East Texas summers.

Ball. Dr. Steven

Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character - Harvey

Batts, Dr. Martin Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character -Harvey
Coppinger, Dr. Stan Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character - Harvey
Graff, Dr. Bill Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character - Harvey
Kubricht, Dr. Paul Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character - Harvey
Ostendorff, Dr. Daniel Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character - Harvey
Mason, Dr. Steven Thanks for your spiritual and academic support in my teaching career and being a model for our Christian character - Harvey
Kappa Zeta Chi

Thank you for your brotherhood and development into maturity.

Leiffer, Dr. Paul

who taught, inspired, led, and mentored a young Missionary Kid! Thank you Dr. Leiffer.

Hellings, Richard

We are thankful to God for the impact you are making on our son, JT.

Trogdon, Dr. Duane

Thanks for your investment in my life as my golf coach, professor, & mentor. I'm in year 13 of coaching H.S. athletes on the football field & golf course due to the impact you made in my life & wanting to do the same for others.

Forbis, Gerrie

You are a great mentor and friend. You have been such a valuable asset to LeTourneau University and everyone you came in contact with over the many years you worked here.

Bryan Benson

Thanks

Harder, J C

A man who taught me how to fly, a friend, someone who has helped spread the word of God throughout his leadership in the Aviation school. I will forever remember his sense of humor, calmness, thoroughness and professionalism.

Beacham, Coach Steve

in loving memory of all the hours Coaching/ encouraging us girls in basketball.

Marsh, Coach Bob

Godly Man

Benson, Bryan & Mary

Thanks

"LeTech's" 75th Anniversary

For "LeTech's" 75th Anniversary and all the wonderful educational staff and employees we shared alongside through those early years.

Benson, Bryan

Thank you for giving a Minnesota farm kid a chance

Benson, Mary Jackson

Thank you for all your kindness and support

Moore, Gordon

Thank you for all your patient instruction and for your Godly example

Strash, John

Thank you for your example and high professional standards and the best devotions ever

Ritchey, Fred

Thank you for your patience and your Godly example

Carr, Roger

"I Mean Heyyyy!!!" Love this Guy!!

Donner, Marty

Thank you... thanks for sticking with me.. RIP Brother

Glass, Keith

Thank you for your Godly example

Harder, JC

I was blessed to have known you.

Bitikofer, Lauren

Thank you for your kindness and dedication to all of us.

Bishop, Floyd

Thank you

Archer, Elton

Mr. Archer made the connection from theoretical (engineering) to practical (shop work). His personal journey to being an instructor enabled him to do that.  “Down to earth” individuals: humble servants of God.

Stephens, Dr. Ken

Dr. Stephens was a great statistics and quality control instructor, as well as an inspiration. He took the time to encourage me as a student. “Down to earth” individuals: humble servants of God.

Durham, Dr. Ken

I had a rough time with an American history class in high school but Dr. Durham brought our American history alive to me and I did very well in his class. It was also the beginning of my great interest in the Civil War era. “Down to earth” individuals: humble servants of God.

Garrison, Brent

Probably couldn't happen today, but I do appreciate your taking in stride having my guns in your care while I was a student there.

Dorm floor 3B, 1988-92.

You guys challenged me, debated with me, called me out, and helped me to grow. Thank you!

Ritchey, Fred

Thank you for your meaningful encouragement to me, despite my utter ineptitude with sheet metal.

Donner, Marty

Thank you for showing me what a courageous Christian looks like.

Bitikofer, Lauren

for listening to me, and challenging me.

Baas, Dr. Brent

you were not just an inspiring teacher, but practically family while I was down there.

Men of the Club

This original group defines long-lasting friendships. These gentlemen made my LeTourneau experience one that brings four years of awesome memories to mind.

Kimball, David

for his leadership of the pep band back in the 80's and his leadership of the Student Council.

Flight program and LeTu baseball program.

Our son had an amazing 4 years!

Jiang, Dr. Hanwan

Our daughter is now enjoying her freshman year in civil engineering. She enjoyed meeting with Dr. Jiang.

Vernon, Conrad

Thank you for your investment in preparing me for life.

Moser, Dr. U.S.

Thanks

Selby, Dr.  Robert H. Thanks
Galyon, Norman O. Thanks
Ellis, Glenn Thanks
Crane, Dale. Thanks
Harder, J.C. Thanks
Landis, Don Thanks
Archer, Dr. Elton Thanks
Thompson, Earl E. Thanks
Kerley, Lyndell Thanks
Brinkman, Larry Thanks
McKinley, Dr. Kenneth Thanks
Graff, Dr. Bill It's hard for me to truly measure the impact you have had on me – as a godly example of a man pursuing the Lord, as a husband and dad, and as a teacher and mentor. I will always be grateful for your impact on my life. - JHB
Kim, Dr. Joon Wan

Dr. Kim, I still remember my first class with you in Digital Electronics and later our Senior Design. I especially fondly remember our IEEE trip to Denver. I am thankful for your continued support of me in my career. - JHB

Balachandran, Niranjan J 

You became a fantastic friend through LU - and beyond. I have missed that. Be blessed.

Plitt, Jeff & Cheryl

Craziness and comfort my first year. Thank you for being a blessing to me (and others). Love you both.

Leiffer, Dr. Paul

Dr. Leiffer, I still remember first meeting you at a freshman orientation event when you and Jani had us over to your house. I am grateful for your excellent teaching and humble example of how to serve God and students well. - JHB

McGaughey, Dillie

Thanks

Forbis, Gerrie Thanks
Beaty, Mary Sue Thanks
Douty,Connie Thanks
Johnson, Dr. Dick Thanks
Kieiffer, Roger Thanks
Carr, Roger Thanks
Farrell, Dr. Hobert Thanks
Strash, Dr. John Thanks
Bishop, Floyd Thanks
Austin, Dr. Alvin Thanks
Primrose, Dr. Russ Thanks
Kielhorn, Bill Thanks
Glass, Keith Thanks
Wilkins, John Thanks
Gray, Dr. Paul Thanks
Graff, Dr. Bill Thanks
Kubricht, Dr. Paul Thanks
Durham, Dr. Ken Thanks
Benson, Mary Thanks
Harder, JC Thanks
Benson, Bryan Thanks
Bitikofer, Lauren Thanks
Donner, Marty Thanks
Harden, Gayle Thanks
McKinley, Dr. Ken Thanks
Garrett, Dr. Don Thanks
Ritchey,Fred Thanks
Sumrall, Dr. Glenn Thanks
Hardwick, Dr. Harry Thanks
File, Dr. Chad

thank you for loving our kids and always pointing them to the Lord!

Olson, Craig

thank you for pouring your heart and soul into the lives of our kids, including mine. You are making a difference for now and for eternity!

LAS men and Bryan Benson, their sponsor

thank for pouring into the life of Christopher. Keep soaring!

Carr, Roger

Thanks for your encouragement and your fantastic devotions. It is OK that you could never pronounce my last name.

Ritchey, Fred

Thanks for your steadfastness to LeTourneau.

Ritchey, Gail

Thank you for being such a loving servant.

Bitikofer, Lauren

Thank you for a life of passion for Jesus, teaching, and aviation. You are a role model for me.

Ritchey, Fred

Your encouragement meant a great deal to me. Thank you for taking the time to lift me up.

Bitikofer, Lauren

Thank you for your example of devotion to Christ and excellence.

Benson, Bryan

Thank you for your dedication to Christ and your students.

Benson, Mary

Thank you for sweet calming presence at the airport.

Harris, Dr. B.J.

Great engineering professor and mentor.

Strash, John

Thank you for helping me get through to graduation.

Lett, Dr. Jonathan

Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.

Sheafer, Dr. Vicki

Thank You!! From your friends in Ohio. Rachel loved your classes and you had a huge impact on her life!

Mauriello, Dr. Michael

Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.

Cunha, Dr. Wilson Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.
Quiett, Dr. Jeffrey Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.
Mays, Dr. Patrick Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.
Mays, Dr. Kathleen Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.
Roudkovski, Dr. Viktor Thank You on behalf of Rachael B.
Carr, Roger

Thanks for being a godly example and for investing in me with opportunities that prepared me for a lifetime of service in the workplace and my church.

Donner, Marty

Thanks!

Pessoa, Caires Pereira "Ezequiel"

Thank you for being our son's academic advisor and a great source of inspiration to the Engineering Technology Materials Joining program. May God continue to guide and bless your efforts to build into future leaders.

Foote, Ilene

. I appreciate her support for women at the school. I believe she deserves credit for getting the rule changed in the late 70s so women students no longer had to wear hosiery with dresses (no hosiery was needed with pants).

Stewart, Trudy

Trudy Stewart Loved being in her choir. Appreciated her bringing us together as students with music.

Crawford, Jack

Amazing how he made calculus fun! Remember how he called students by their last names...except for first names for the females.

Johnson, Dr. Richard Johnson

I was always appreciated the thought he put into meaningful and impactful devotions before each of his lectures. Had the privilege to work as a grader for Dr Ford and Dr Johnson in the science dept. Knew they were special and as I moved into the workforce, saw that the joy and fun that they experienced as coworkers was unique and a good example for all.

Ford, Doug

Had the privilege to work as a grader for Dr Ford and Dr Johnson in the science dept. Knew they were special and as I moved into the workforce, saw that the joy and fun that they experienced as coworkers was unique and a good example for all.

Gilbert, Ralph

Do not know how he found time to sponsor all of the student organizations that he did but grateful to be under his tutelage in Theatron.

Brantley, Irma

Great appreciation for 'Mrs B' and her love of the girls and her protection of the women's residence hall.

LeTourneau, Evelyn

Celebrating 75 years because of her vision of a school! Honored to have met her when she came to the WRH for devotions.

Zeitlow, Dr. Terry

I appreciate you so much as a friend, a brother, and a leader.  Thank you for hiring me twice.

Austin, Dr. Bud

You were the president when I first came to work at LeTourneau.  Thank you for all the years of service and dedication you've given to her.

Lunsford, Dr. Dale

Thank you so much for supporting me return to LeTourneau and Thank you for your years of dedication and service as her president.

Mason, Dr. Steve

Dr. Mason, thank you so much for the support you offered my older son, Nicholas, when he was a student and also What you provide our younger son and his family through church.  I look forward to our continued laboring together at LeTourneau University for the sake of God's Kingdom.  God bless you and your family.

Ray, Dr. Scott

Thank you for being a great leader and mentor.

Fairweather, Dr. Ken

Thanks

Development and Alumni Relations

Thank you to the offices of Development and Alumni Relations for a fantastic 75th celebration and Homecoming!