Indelible Marks

Two articles in your fall issue caught my eye and brought back a lot of great memories.

I was saddened to read of Paul Voertman's death, at 88. As a new active member of Theta Chi fraternity, I moved into the top floor of the three-story Theta Chi house in the fall of 1955. The house, at 1400 W. Hickory, sat immediately west of Voertman's bookstore. So, I was well-acquainted with Paul for the next three years. He was a friendly, supportive neighbor of the fraternity and an unflagging booster of the university then and ever-after.

But, I was heartened to read about the ongoing success of John Turner, a truly unique leader on campus in his day. He and his guide dog were an inspiration to all, and it was no surprise when he was elected to serve as student body president in 1956-57. It was a significant honor, as well as a serious challenge, for me to succeed John in that position in 1957-58.

Paul Voertman and John Turner and many, many others at North Texas made indelible marks on my life.

Don R. Edmonds ('58)


Editor's note: See more tributes to Paul Voertman and news about his generous bequest to the university.