Aileene retired from the faculty of Texas Woman’s University Denton campus. Aileene was the Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation between 1973-1978 and was also Chair of the Dance Department. She received the Cornaro Award in 1980. Aileene passed away in 2004. (There was no press release or personal information in her Distinguished Alumni file. Aileene’s information was pulled from her alumni database file.)
1978 - Gussie Nell Davis, Class of 1927 – Major BS/Physical Education from TWU (CIA).
She will always be remembered as the founder of the Kilgore Rangerettes, the forerunner of drill teams at the college level. Gussie Davis passed away in 1993. (There was no press release or personal information in her Distinguished Alumni file.)
1980 - Mary Martha Monroe Lappe, Class of 1960 – Major BS/HPER Dance and Class of 1962 MA/Dance from TWU.
Mary was one of the founders of Houston’s internationally renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1971. Prior to that, she chaired dance departments at James Madison University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Houston. At HSPVA, she pioneered, authored and implemented the first separate dance curriculum for Texas public schools.
1981 - Dr. Boots Cooper MD, Class of 1951 – BS/HPER Physical Therapy from TWU.
Dr. Cooper served as executive director of the Girl Scouts of America for Denton County, 1951-1953; regional trainer, national Girl Scouts, in Memphis, TN, 1953-1954; recreation director for the City of Dallas, 1954-1955; and instructor of health, physical education, and recreation at SMU, 1955-1960 and at Ursuline Academy, Dallas in 1960-1961. Her interest in medicine led Dr. Cooper to earn her MD degree from Woman’s Medical College in Philadelphia in 1965, where she served as intern, resident, chief resident in medicine, chief house officer, instructor, and director of the Intensive Care Unit from 1965-1973. In 1973, Dr. Cooper returned to Denton to assume a staff appointment at Flow Memorial Hospital and in 1974 at Westgate Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Cooper passed away in 1992.
1989 - Louise Ritter, Class of 1982 – BS/Physical Education from TWU.
An outstanding career in athletics which has led to worldwide recognition bears testimony to both the professional dedication and the extensive skill of Louise Ritter, an alumna of the Texas Woman’s University. In 1988, she gave evidence once more of her determination and her ability to succeed, she earned the Women’s High Jump Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Korea and gained international recognition.
1992 - Susan A. Moucha, Class of 1985 – MA/Physical Education from TWU. Susan is a 4-time Paralympian, with 7 medals and a World Record in Swimming and Track and a 3-time competitor in Olympic Sports Festivals, earning 4 medals in Swimming and Cycling. Susan has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from every school she has graduated from. She was asked to represent the United States Olympic Committee at the International Academy in Greece and invited back by the President of IOA the following three years. Susan has been an advocate for the physically disabled, receiving Outstanding Community Service from the Mayor of Tampa Alliance for the Disabled.
1993 - Carolyn Cody, Class of 1975 – PhD/Physical Education with an emphasis on psychosocial aspects of physical education and sport from TWU.
Carolyn joined the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado in 1967 and, with some time out for graduate studies at TWU, has been there ever since. At first, she taught graduate and undergraduate physical education and gymnastics classes and served as women’s gymnastics coach. She also served as associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and as special assistant to the president before assuming the position of executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. Carolyn received a Pathfinder Award for Sport Leadership from National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in 1992 and was named to the national faculty of the American Coaching Effectiveness Program in 1989. Carolyn is the author of numerous professional papers and articles. Carolyn is now retired.
1996 - Kitty Winter Magee, Class of 1934 – BS/ Health & Physical Education and Class of 1938 MA/Physical Education from TWU.
She was an associate professor at TWU from 1950 through 1981 retiring with the title Professor Emerita. In 1995, Kitty was part of the first group to be inducted into the TWU Athletic Hall of Fame. She has been honored with numerous distinguished awards for her innovative contributions by the physical education profession, the American Camping Association, the TWU faculty, and the college students. Kitty was the founding director of the Hills Camp for Girls and Director of Camp Mystic. Kitty passed away in 2002.
1998 - Charlotte Anne “Toby” Tate, Class of 1969 BS/HPER Kinesiology from TWU.
Dr. Tate responding to her TWU education, “I think the key issue is this: In all sincerity, the education I obtained at TWU really was first-rate. Yes, I had a blast doing lots of stuff the administration thought was not funny, but I also was somewhat of a serious student. I didn’t use the TWU education for many years—there was no need for it—but I am using it now. And, what I learned in the HPER College, is at the forefront of education now 20 years later. Most importantly, I was able to develop the leadership skills that serve me well. I had the desire to “lead” prior to TWU, but the experience at TWU was invaluable. Back in those days, I don’t think that I would have had the opportunity at a co-ed university…it just wasn’t in the cards for women back then.”
2001 - Margaret Varner Bloss, Class of 1949 –BS/HPER and Class of 1950 – MA/Physical Education from TWU.
Margaret is a sportswoman, educator, and international ambassador for women’s sports. Many individuals would be content to make a national team in one sport during their lifetimes. She is the only woman ever to achieve national and international acclaim in tennis, badminton and squash. For 14 years, she toured the world, representing the best women players in the US in international competition in these three sports. She was elected into TWU’s first Athletic Hall of Fame, and is also a member of the Women’s Intercollegiate Hall of Fame and several other halls of fame. Margaret is the author of leading textbooks in racquet sports. Margaret is a successful owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.
2002 - Kay Stripling, Class of 1962 – BS/HPER from TWU.
Kathryn retired in 2005 as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the US and as teacher of developmentally challenged children. She was recognized by Texas Monthly magazine as being one of its Twenty Intriguing Texans Dream Team. It was TWU that she developed her love of teaching and began to formulate her plans for a career.
2002 - Kathy Yandall, Class of 1960 – BS/HPER and Class of 1965 – MA/Physical Education.
Kathy was Director of Athletics at Texas Lutheran University. While at TLU, Kathy rose through the ranks from Instructor to Professor. She also served as coach, advisor, teacher, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology. As a university administrator, she more than doubled women’s sports programs and reintroduced men’s football at TLU. She is an advocate for gender equity in collegiate athletics. Kathy retired from TLU in 2000 after 38 years of service.
2003 - James Rimmer, Class of 1982 – PhD/Kinesiology with a specialization in Adapted Physical Activity and Exercise Physiology from TWU.
James serves as a professor of the College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His volunteer and civic duties include serving as Director of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) and the Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities.
2003 - Cecilia May Moreno, Class of 1966 – BS/Health & Physical Education and Class of 1968 – MA/Health & Physical Education from TWU.
Cecilia has been with the Laredo Independent School District for 37 year, currently serves the District as a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council and is Executive Director for Support Services. Her community service includes the Governor’s Commission for Women and mayor pro tem of the Laredo City Council. Cecilia is currently employed by Carrizo Springs ISD and serves on the TWU Board of Regents.
2006 - Dianne Baker, Class of 1975 – BS/Physical Education from TWU.
Diane is among the winningest active coaches in NCAA softball history with a combined record of 628-362-2. Dianne had an incredible 15-year coaching run at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1980-1995. She led the SFA Ladyjacks to an NCAA Division II softball national championship in 1986. TWU reinstated the softball program in 1995 and Dianne returned and began building the Pioneer program, which included designing and overseeing the construction of the University’s new softball complex. Diane is employed as Schutt Sports National Softball Promotions Manager.
2006 - Elizabeth Hall Burns, Class of 1978 – MA/Physical Education and Class of 1981 – PhD/Physical Education from TWU.
Elizabeth served as the Vice Provost at Texas Tech University from 2002-2008 and has held teaching and other administrative positions since 1981. Elizabeth obtained the Olympic Academy for Texas Tech in her first year at Lubbock and has been active with the Olympic movement for many years. (There was no press release or personal information in her Distinguished Alumni file.)
2008 - Darlene Kluka, Class of 1985 – PhD/Physical Education from TWU.
Darlene has completed her doctorate and is currently teaching at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she was the first woman to be named “Extraordinary Professor”. A prolific writer, Darlene has written two textbooks, edited or co-edited five books, and written chapters in eight textbooks. Darlene is recognized as an international scholar who has devoted her life to advancing the role of women in sport and promoting women’s empowerment through sport!
2010 - Dr. Claudine Sherrill
Before being named a professor emerita 2003, Dr. Claudine Sherrill served on the TWU kinesiology faculty for more than 40 years. She is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of adapted physical education and often is referred to as the “grandmother of adapted physical activity.” Dr. Sherrill has written multiple books, including a widely used textbook that has been translated into several languages and is in its sixth edition. She has published more than 90 journal articles and 26 book chapters, made more than 150 professional presentations and is a member of 15 professional organizations.
Dr. Sherrill has received many awards and served in many leadership positions in professional organizations and recently completed her term as president of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. She is credited with developing TWU’s adapted physical education program, and as a result of her efforts TWU is recognized globally as one of the most outstanding universities to produce adapted physical activity professionals. Graduates of this program are in leadership positions around the world, and several of her students have been recognized by TWU as distinguished alumni.
Dr. Claudine Sherrill received her bachelor’s degree from TWU and her master’s and Ph.D. in health and physical education from Columbia University. “To receive the TWU Distinguished Alumna recognition reinforces my desire to keep learning, serving and sharing,” Dr. Sherrill said. “Attending TWU was a dream come true and the source of so many of my lifetime beliefs, values and commitments. Receiving an honor from one’s home university among family, mentors and friends is simply the best.”
2010 - Dr. Karen DePauw
Dr. DePauw is currently vice president and dean for graduate education at Virginia Tech. In her role as a university administrator, Dr. Karen DePauw has been a strong advocate for diversity and equity in higher education and has spoken at national conferences on the changing roles and responsibilities of faculty facing the 21st century university. Dr. DePauw has held several leadership roles in graduate education. She was a founding member and facilitator/chair for the Virginia Council of Graduate School and recently served as the president of the Council of Southern Graduate Schools.
She has received many national and international awards in her profession, including the Philip Noel Baker Award (outstanding research) from the International Council on Sport Science and Physical Education; Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and a Distinguished Scholar Award and Distinguished Administrator Award from the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education (NAKPEHE). She has received many local and state awards and has been a distinguished lecturer and scholar at many universities. She has written seven books, more than 40 professional journal articles, and more than 30 chapters in books and proceedings. She was invited to be a keynote speaker or made major presentations at more than 150 national and international meetings and has served in several roles with the United States Olympic Committee.
Dr. DePauw earned her bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, her master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, and her Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University. “TWU provided an environment through which academic goals can be realized and a sense of community that encouraged and empowered success,” Dr. DePauw said. “I’m pleased and honored to be recognized as a TWU Distinguished Alumna.”
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