Homecoming at Denison High School has long been the time for the Denison Alumni Association to honor several distinguished graduates of the school.
Honorees will be recognized on Thursday night following the 5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade in Downtown Denison. A Distinguished Alumni Reception will take place in Kohfeldt Hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Friends and relatives are invited to attend and help recognize these outstanding graduates.
On Friday night at the Homecoming football game in Munson Stadium, the honorees will be recognized at 7 p.m. prior to the game.
This year there are three Distinguished Alumni honorees: Dr. Martha Womack Haun, class of 1960; Tim Murray, class of 1959; and Dr. Robert Christopher Cherry, class of 1992; a Distinguished Educator, Kathie Dophied, class of 1961; and an Alumni Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Reggie Hunt, class of 1996.
Dr. Martha W. Haun
Dr. Haun received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Texas and her doctorate in Communication Theory and Rhetorical Theory at the University of Illinois. She currently is on the faculty at the University of Houston School of Communication. She has been a university professor for 45 years and a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.
She has distinguished herself not only in her major field of expertise, but has contributed to the medical field and was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Houston Alzheimer’s Association. Having contracted Parkinson’s about 15 years, she has assisted in researching by being an experimental subject in helping to control Parkinson’s symptoms.
Haun has received 25 academic awards and has authored/co-authored four books. For five years, she was director of Graduate Studies for the Jack Valenti School of Communication Association and responsible for program content and format as the producer for “Decisions Tomorrow,” a Houston public affairs television program. She has been called the “Bionic Professor,” the “Bionic Parliamentarian” and “A Walking Miracle.”
Tim Murray, 1959 student body president and valedictorian of his senior class, continued his education at Rice University, earning a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of arts degree. He received a master of science in applied mechanical at California Institute of Technology and a master of business administration at the University of California.
Murray has achieved several levels of management throughout his careers, serving as president of Coast Telecom Corporation and Urethane Systems, vice president of Superior Continental Corporation, product/marketing manager of Communications Technology Corp, and planning director of the Western Company.
He is currently working as a consultant at Management Uplink Incorporated in Houston.
Dr. Robert C. Cherry
After graduation from high School, Dr. Cherry received his bachelor of arts in anthropology in 2004 from Texas A&M University in College Station. In 2007, he received his master of arts in anthropology and in 2010 he earned a doctorate in sociology from Texas A&M.
Currently he is employed as assistant dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M.
He has spent many years in teaching and research in higher education. Throughout his education and career, Dr. Cherry has belonged to many service organizations and received numerous honors, awards and certifications.
Dophied earned a bachelor of science in English and History from East Texas State University in 1964 and a master of education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She taught English at Sherman High School from 1964 to 1969, then at Central Elementary in Denison in 1971 to 1973. Moving to McDaniel, she began teaching English at Denison High until 1976, eventually becoming the head of the English Department for 18 years.
She taught at Denison High School until her retirement in 2009. Her many awards and recognitions include Secondary Teacher of the Year, K-Lake Teacher of the Month, Team 10 Television Teacher of the Week and selected by many students as their most influential teacher at the Scholars Among Us event.
During her vast teaching career, she molded many students to become great successes and was a mentor to all the DHS English Department.
As a teacher she not only presented interesting subject matter, but she offered the students lessons in self-confidence and setting goals to succeed in life. Her ex-students still hold her in the highest esteem.
During his high school career at DHS, Reggie was one of the best football players during the mid- 1990s. His leadership on the field and off helped shape the expectations of what excellence looks like for Denison football. He earned many awards and set many records during his time at DHS.
A list of some of his accomplishments during high school include: 1993, All District free safety for DHS Varsity; 1994, DHS Varsity running back and free safety, DHS defensive player of the year, first team All-District running back, first team All-District free safety, All Texomaland Player of the Year. In 1995, he was DHS varsity running back and free safety and still holds the DHS record making 40 touchdowns and 2000 yards rushing, DHS MVP, 7-4A District Player of the Year, All-Texomaland Player of the Year, All-State running back, All State free safety, Texas Class 4-A Player of the Year, captain of the McDonald All-Star football team and the Texas Fab 55
His senior year at DHS he also won the Most Athletic Award. Upon graduation Reggie continued his athletic career at Texas Christian University, serving at TCU’s defensive captain, he still owns TCU’s kickoff return record, averaging 34.1 yards per return and has over 270 tackles to his credit. He earned all conference honors as both a junior and senior at TCU.
Reggie finished his career playing in the Canadian Football League for 10 years, earning many awards and being inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Donna Hunt is former editor of The Denison Herald. She lives in Denison and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has been a longtime contributor to the Herald Democrat with her bi-weekly column, which appears in the Wednesday and Sunday editions. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Herald Democrat.