Hoy Casey Gatlin
Former student Hoy Casey Gatlin (FS, ’41), proves the point that a degree isn’t necessary to love and support your alma mater. She attended the then Texas State College for Women (TSCW) in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Although marriage and a family prevented her from attaining her degree, it has not prevented her from supporting the University.
She says she decided to attend TWU because she would not have to decide what to wear each day, as the students wore daily uniforms. Hoy laughingly recalls that during her first year the mandatory uniforms were dropped! Her three years at TWU majoring in business with a minor in Speech served her well, as she met and married the love of her life, Mr. Gene Gatlin, while working for him during his tour as City Manager of Orange, Texas, where Hoy was very involved in the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Pilot Club. Over the years, they moved around Texas as Mr. Gatlin took numerous city manager positions. Their only daughter Betty joined them along the journey. In October, Hoy will begin her 25th year working for Associated General Contractors in Houston.
Unfortunately, Hoy lost her two greatest joys in 1986 when both her husband and her daughter died within three months of one another. In honor of Hoy’s daughter, Dr. Betty Wilson, who had earned her Ph.D. in health and physical education, Hoy funded the computer room in Pioneer Hall on the Denton campus. Most recently, Hoy honored her husband‘s memory by naming the 3rd floor seminar room in the new Houston Institute of Health Science after him. She also named the Houston Counseling Center after her parents.
Hoy is also a Chancellor’s Circle Member, a lifetime member of the FSA, served a term as National President of the Former Students Association, and two terms as President of the local Houston Chapter of the FSA. To describe Hoy as a supportive former student is an understatement. She loves TWU! Kudos to Hoy and thanks for all she has done and continues to do for TWU.
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