On Saturday evening, I attended a grand celebration at Baylor University. As a life-long Sooner fan, I do not frequent hostile environs without caution! The Baylor Club, which is located in the upper reaches of McLane Stadium, was the site for the 2020 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.
Central’s dear friend and benefactor, Babs Baugh, was among those feted at the gathering, and it was my joy to see her honored. The Baylor Line Foundation conferred the W. R. White Meritorious Service Award to her, and thereby she became a member of the Baylor Hall of Fame. Well known among the Baylor family, she is a worthy recipient of this award as she has served in many capacities there.
In her acceptance speech she was in her usual witty form. She suggested that the way to keep on funding the foundation was for Baylor students to marry someone rich among the student body and give a gob of money back to Baylor. Her family has surely done that, not the least of which is tuition for the nine family members who have graduated from that venerable institution.
Babs’ service to Baptist causes is legendary. Baptist Child and Family Services, a premier social service agency, claims her as the “matriarch of BCFS.” The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, which her parents began, funds many entities: schools, CBF initiatives, Baptist Women in Ministry, the Baptist Joint Committee, among other things. The generosity of this foundation means a great deal to those who care about a more progressive vision of how to be Baptist in our day.
Ms. Baugh (actually Dr. Baugh since Central Seminary awarded her Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa), literally has friends around the globe. Her capacity for friendship, perceptive analysis of key dynamics among Baptists, and remarkable stewardship of her parents’ legacy has actually constructed her own amazing legacy. I give thanks for her life and am grateful to be among her circle of friends.
Molly T. Marshall
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