Gilmer Belcher dies at 101
For Immediate Release
September 24, 1999
Dr. Gilmer Belcher, Abilene Christian University faculty
emeritus, died Sept. 21, 1999, five days after his 101st
birthday. Funeral services was Thursday at the University
Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas.
Belcher was born in Johnsville, Texas, on Sept. 16, 1898.
Before coming to ACU, Belcher served as coach, principal
and superintendent at various high schools throughout
He and his wife, Mary Lois, of 72 years made Abilene
their home in 1935 when Belcher joined the ACU faculty as
associate professor. This turned into a 32-year career at
ACU under many titles. He taught a naval training program
for pilots during World War II and also taught physical
education classes. Belcher was director of the Extension and
Correspondence Department until 1970. He played and coached
basketball, baseball and football and coached an All-Star
team with players from Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and
Belcher also helped in building a local bookstore, now
known as Abilene Educational Supply.
Belcher served as an elder for the Univeristy Church of
Christ for 25 years and as a minister of the gospel at the
Buffalo Gap church.
Belcher earned his bachelor's degree from North Texas
State Teachers College, his master's degree from Colorado
University and his doctorate from George Peabody College at
Vanderbilt University in 1934.
He and his wife have two children, five grandchildren and
eight great-grandchildren. Ashley York, his
great-granddaughter, and Erin and Megan McCurley, his grand
nieces, are currently attending ACU.
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