ACU to celebrate Gilmer Belcher's birthday

For Immediate Release
September 1, 1999

Abilene Christian University's oldest living retired faculty member, Dr. Gilmer Belcher, turns 101 Sept. 16, and ACU plans to celebrate.

Every year on Sept. 16, Belcher returns to ACU, and his birthday is celebrated during chapel. He stands, and students and faculty sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

Belcher was the first sponsor of men's social club Frater Sodalis. Every year they join in celebrating his birthday by circling him after chapel and singing their club songs.

Starting in 1935 as an associate professor, Belcher remained a part of the ACU faculty for 32 years under many different titles. He taught a naval training program during World War II and several physical education classes.

He also coached basketball, baseball and football, as well as an intercollegiate All Star team.


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