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A member of the Class of 1955, Lawrence Webb offers a salute to his alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University. He recalls lessons he learned both in the classroom and in campus life. • From President Rupert Richardsons Bee Speech, he learned to look toMoreA member of the Class of 1955, Lawrence Webb offers a salute to his alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University. He recalls lessons he learned both in the classroom and in campus life. • From President Rupert Richardsons Bee Speech, he learned to look to God in nature. • In his first class, the professor urged students to learn to respect people with different opinions and say, You may be right. • He learned from George Hine, the sports publicity director, that he was probably too pious for his own good. • In a class, Dr. Hoyt Ford taught him that he didnt need to have all the answers in every situation. • He found lifelong friendship with classmates John Campbell and Jerry Reynolds who returned as professors. • From Euell Porter, he learned to sing and love rich choral music. • Dean W. Truett Walton was a mentor on campus and for decades after the author graduated. • He learned to appreciate English literature from W. D. Bond, who also tried to teach him bait-casting. • Back in Abilene from his first year in seminary, he had his first experience performing weddings, at the invitation of fellow HSUers Maxine Reid and Fred Blalock. • In the literal meaning of alma mater (fostering parent), he felt many professors and staffers filled that role. • Working in the kitchen of The Beanery, he learned lessons in work and life from Jeff Lott, the janitor. • His freshman English professor, Dr. Robert Burrows, encouraged him in his writing interests which he combined throughout his career along with being a minister and teacher. In 2011, 60 years later, he visited with Dr. Burrows and his wife in Wisconsin.