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TJC Homecoming alumni events Oct. 28-29

Published Friday, 21st October 2011

TJC Homecoming alumni events Oct. 28-29

The Tyler Junior College Alumni Association has a host of events planned for TJC’s Homecoming 2011 weekend Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29.

At 6 p.m. Friday, the annual Alumni Awards Dinner & Dance will be held in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the TJC main campus.

This year’s TJC Alumni Awards honorees are: June Walling Murphy ’54, Distinguished Alumna; Margaret and James I Perkins, Black and Gold Award; Shirley McCorkle Mallory ’52, Apache Spirit Award; and Mary Jane McNamara ’42, Special Recognition Award.

June Walling Murphy ’54
Distinguished Alumna

The Distinguished Alumna Award recognizes a former student for distinguished professional achievements and distinctive contributions to society, thus bringing honor to the College. It is the highest honor given by the TJC Alumni Association to a former student.

The youngest of 10 children, June Walling Murphy, wanted to be a nurse for as long as she could remember. It wasn’t until after she married her high school sweetheart, Earl Murphy, and had three little girls, that she was able to pursue her dream.

In May 1951, the Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees authorized the founding of a nursing school. June applied, but her hopes were dashed after her application was rejected because she was not a traditional student – she was a homemaker and mother of three. A short time later, she was contacted by the College. They were required to enroll 20 students to start the program, and they needed her. She was in, and her dream was within reach. Classes in the Texas Eastern School of Nursing started in September 1951 and, in May of 1954, she was among the first eight to graduate. She immediately went to work in the operating rooms of both Tyler hospitals.

She went on to receive her bachelor of science in nursing from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She taught nursing at TJC for almost 20 years and retired as program administrator in 1979.

In retirement, June has continued to serve those in need. In 1992, she and retired pediatrician Dr. William Reid volunteered their time to help St. Paul Methodist Church start an indigent children’s clinic. With Tyler ophthalmologist Dr. C.R. DeHaven, she traveled to Africa three times to assist at his clinics, including a six-week trip to Kenya in 2003 – when she was in her 80s! She has conducted numerous seminars to help counsel individuals, including classes for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Her board appointments and honors are many: TJC Outstanding Student for 1954; charter member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in March 1988; State of Texas Commissioned member State Board of Nursing from 1977-83; State of Texas Commissioned member Silver Haired Legislator from 1988-90; East Texas State Fair Senior Citizen of the Year Award for 2004; and was the only East Texas nurse appointed by then-Gov. Dolph Brisco to the State Board of Nurse Examiners.

For more than 35 years, June assisted her husband, Earl, a Methodist pastor, until his death in 2002; and she continued to teach Sunday school until last year. They have three daughters, Lynnetta Wright, Phyllis York and Susan King, who all live in Smith County.

Margaret and James I. Perkins
Black and Gold

The Black and Gold Award recognizes outstanding devotion to Tyler Junior College by individuals who are not necessarily former students but who volunteer their time, effort and resources to promote the mission and goals of the College

Margaret Hoover Perkins has a distinguished record of public service and was a co-recipient with her husband of the T.B. Butler Award as Tyler’s outstanding citizens of the year in 2006. She has been a member of the Tyler Junior College President’s Circle and a TJC student since 1994. A former teacher and school board member, Margaret has served as a bank director for more than 20 years.

Margaret’s dedication to Tyler Junior College is most evident in her generous support of the College’s fine arts programs. Through her inspiration, TJC art students have created two large-scale, abstract paintings now located at Citizens 1st Bank in Tyler and six silhouette paintings featured recently in the Tyler Morning Telegraph and are now permanently housed in the Margot and Lilly dance studios in the Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center on the TJC main campus. Margaret is also a longtime student and a generous patron of TJC’s Academy of Dance.

Margaret's involvement in the community includes serving the Literacy Council of Tyler; Meals on Wheels; Sister Cities International; secretary for the Texas State Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Tyler Junior College President's Circle member; patron member and former board member for the Tyler Museum of Art; and a Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary member.

James I. Perkins has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Citizens 1st Bank since 1971. He has been appointed by three Texas governors to serve on state boards and has served as advisor to the State Comptroller and State Banking Commissioner. He is a member of the TJC Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the board’s investment committee, and is a co-chair of the TJC 85th Anniversary Campaign. He is a Navy veteran, Eagle Scout and former president of the UT Law School Alumni Association.

Jim has served on many boards and committees throughout the state of Texas including East Texas Medical Center; Texas Chest Foundation; United Way of Tyler/Smith County; Tyler 2000; Rusk State Hospital; UT Tyler; East Texas Communities Foundation; East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; Marvin United Methodist Church; First United Methodist Church; Rusk Chamber of Commerce; Rotary Club, Tyler; Kiwanis Club, Rusk; Rusk Industrial Foundation; and the East Texas Chamber of Commerce.

More than 75 scholarships are awarded annually by the Perkins Family Foundation and Citizens 1st Bank, many to Tyler Junior College, including TJC Art Scholarships, Harold Beaird Band Scholarships and Citizens 1st Bank/ Rusk High School/Tyler Junior College Scholarships.
Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have two children, Laura Perkins Fonville of Dallas and James I Perkins, Jr. of Houston, both attorneys and directors of Citizens 1st Bank.

Shirley McCorkle Mallory ’52
Apache Spirit

The Apache Spirit Award recognizes a person or group who has shown spirit and motivation through the contribution of time and energy to a program or activity which measurably benefited TJC.

Shirley McCorkle Mallory graduated from Lindale High School in 1951 and enrolled that fall at Tyler Junior College. She tried out and made the Apache Belles; and that year, the TJC Apache football team, along with the Belles and Apache Band, traveled to Pasadena, Calif., to participate in the Little Rose Bowl.

In May 1952, Shirley graduated from TJC with a certificate of business proficiency, and she still has that certificate, with the yellow and black ribbon around it. After graduation, her first job was working on Judge Brady Gentry’s U.S. congressional campaign with his campaign manager, Judge Harry Loftis.

She married her high school sweetheart, Leroy Mallory, after he completed his military service in 1954. In 1996, Shirley retired from a major insurance company after 23 years of service.

A few of the "TJC jobs" Shirley has held over the years:
• Held absentee balloting for TJC in the early and mid-1970s
• Sold tickets when TJC started a women’s basketball team
• Along with good friend Patsy Lewis, often fed the coaches, football, basketball and baseball teams.
• Has been the official "Dip Lady," furnishing chips and dips for the Apache Belles Spring Show rehearsals continuously since 1987
• Served as president of Belle Gold for their 50th anniversary in 1997
• Served as president of the TJC Alumni Association for 2003-04 and current serves on the Alumni Association Advisory Board
• Wrote the first check for the Belle Heritage Endowment, purchasing an Apache Belle dorm room
• Has attended alumni chapter gatherings in New York, Austin, Houston and Dallas
• Has traveled with the Belles to Ireland, Germany, Austria and Hawaii

TJC is a family affair for Shirley, since she and her husband Leroy, daughter Carol Beggs, grandson Richard Miller and sister Laurel Williams are all TJC alumni.

Mary Jane McNamara ’42
Special Recognition

The Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding professional achievements, contributions to society, and/or service to their community bringing honor to TJC.

Born in Corsicana on Feb. 12, 1924, Mary Jane McNamara is the third child and only daughter of Patrick J. McNamara and Jane Lucille Taylor McNamara. Her father was a pipeline superintendent for Magnolia Petroleum Co., and the McNamara family followed the oil boom around Texas before settling in Tyler in 1931, when she was 7 years old.

A Tylerite for more than 80 years, she remembers downtown Tyler before the streets were paved and when horse-drawn carriages were the norm, the Blackstone hotel where oil executives rented rooms, people lined up for job interviews to work in the fields during the Great Depression, and when the population of Tyler went from 18,000 to 31,000 in a single year.

As a TJC student in the early 1940s, Mary Jane was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an active member of Las Mascaras and a member of the forensics team, where she competed in extemporaneous speaking.

After attending TJC, she was hired by Tyler’s Carnegie Public Library, fulfilling an ambition she’d had since seventh grade. After 28 years, she retired from the Carnegie Library and, at the request of then-TJC President Dr. Harry Jenkins, came to TJC’s Vaughn Library and served as assistant librarian until her retirement in 1992.

A member of the Smith County Historical Society since the early 1960s, she has served in practically every capacity the society has to offer, including chairmanships, secretary, president and board of governors. She continues to volunteer wherever she is needed, as a researcher, docent and speaker at local groups.

Besides volunteering at the East Texas Historical Society, she has worked for Habitat for Humanity, driving a few nails, cleaning floors, cooking lunches for working crews and serving on their board. She is a member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 2005, she was honored by Women In Tyler as one of the Women Who Inspire.

Alumni events on Homecoming Day

At 10 a.m. Saturday in Rogers Student Center, a reunion brunch will be held for the 1966-86 members of the TJC Brothers & Sisters organization.

Throughout the weekend, special reunions will be held for the Apache Belles 45th line and all former Belles, the Las Mascaras speech and drama club, and the TJC nursing department’s 60th anniversary.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, alumni will meet for a tailgate barbecue on the Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium parking lot. Alumni members get in free to the tailgate party, and guests are admitted for $10 each. Tickets are required and reservations must be made in advance. To RSVP, contact Nicole Durham at 903-510-2588 or email ndur@tjc.edu.

The traditional Rim Walk around the stadium will begin at 1 p.m., and pre-game Homecoming court presentations will begin at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the TJC Apaches kick off against the Kilgore College Rangers.

Theatre TJC will present the rock musical "Godspell" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, in Jean Browne Theatre. Complimentary tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Theatre TJC Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, October 26-28, or at the door prior to the performance. For more information, call the theater box office at 903-510-2212.

Immediately following the Saturday performance, the Las Mascaras alumni and the TJC Alumni Association will host a coffee and dessert reception for the cast and patrons in the Jean Browne Lobby. To RSVP for the reception, contact Nicole in the TJC Alumni Office at ndur@tjc.edu or 903-510-2588.

Elise Mullinix


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