New endowed scholarship honors church historian, wife


For Immediate Release
Dec. 15, 1999

An endowed scholarship fund in memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Roberts, Jr., of Abilene has been established at Abilene Christian University.

The fund was started with a gift of $10,000 from the late couple's four children. They are Garner L. Roberts of Abilene, Carol Roberts Campbell of Flower Mound, Dwight A. Roberts of Austin and Dr. John P. Roberts of San Antonio. The six attended Abilene Christian.

The JohnE and R.L. Roberts, Jr., Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to graduate students in library science and undergraduate female students in exercise science and health.

R.L. Roberts, who died Sept. 12, 1998, was a library faculty member at ACU for 21 years and a prominent church historian. He was a minister and taught at Fort Worth Christian College before joining the ACU faculty in 1966. An elder for University Church of Christ, he directed tours to many early church history sites and assisted in production of films of church history in the U.S., Ireland, Scotland and England. Books he recently contributed to include the "New Handbook of Texas" by the Texas State Historical Association, James Michener's "Texas" and a new book due in 2000 by Greenwood Press called "The Churches of Christ."

His wife, who died July 27, 1999, was a member of Women of ACU and served as a clerk in the university's Department of Exercise Science and Health for 19 years before her retirement in 1992. She was named ACU's Employee of the Year for 1991-92.

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