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Longtime ACU Bible professor Tommy Shaver dies

Nov. 22, 2005

Dr. Tommy Shaver, a professor of Bible at Abilene Christian University for 40 years, died Monday in Abilene at age 77. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at University Church of Christ. Family visitation will be Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at Elliott Hamil, 542 Hickory.

Shaver taught at ACU from 1955 to 1995, during which time he taught 10,521 students. He and his wife, Waunette, invited each of his classes into their home until 1993 when he began to face health problems. At the time of his retirement, Shaver said he hoped his students would remember his emphasis on scripture.

“I would hope to be remembered by students for teaching from the Biblical text,” he said. “I attempted to apply the principles to society.”

For many summers, Shaver and his wife served as volunteer missionaries in Vienna, Austria. In addition to his teaching career, Shaver served as pulpit minister at Westgate Church of Christ in Abilene and at churches in Richardson, Burleson and Garland.

Shaver was born in Healdton, Okla., on July 9, 1928. He attended Freed-Hardeman University, Florida Christian College and ACU in his undergraduate studies. He earned a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

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