I met Linda Marie Smith ('68 M.M.Ed.) in June 1963 in Dr. David McGuire's Admission Seminar 528 when we began work on master's degrees in music education. Linda was an elementary music teacher in Dallas and I taught band in Temple.
She was an organist with scheduled lessons and practice time in the old Auditorium Building, causing her to run uphill and arrive at the last minute. In a class of 60, there was always an empty desk next to mine saved for her.
We were married the next June and, over our 55 years of marriage, she taught junior high school choirs, was elected to the Texas Choral Directors Association board, was an elementary counselor and in private practice.
I taught high school bands and served on the Texas Music Educators Association board as state band chairman and president.
Dr. McGuire bragged that we were the first romance to come out of 528. I was a flutist, and Dr. George Morey and his wife, Pat, graciously came to Electra to play in our wedding. He was a professor of flute and director of the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and she was a pianist. It was the talk of Electra for years afterward.
James ('59, '61 M.Ed.) and I knew each other at Tarleton State in Stephenville. We transferred to UNT a year apart, met by chance on campus and spent time catching up.
He asked me for a date, and we saw Friendly Persuasion. We dated throughout that semester, and were married at its end.
We taught for 28 and 31 years in the public schools of Texas, raised four children and celebrated our 62nd anniversary in May.