I Went To Bishop College

A Memoir

By Thomas W. Spann

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About The Book

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The title of this memoir comes from an expression that I have often said to my
family. Whenever I succeeded in doing even the smallest task, I would say “I went
to Bishop College.” This was my way of reminding them that while I did graduate
from other schools, I received my start at Bishop College. In this book I share NT experiences that shaped and defined me while at the college from August of 1971
to May of 1975. I cover topics such as Dormitory Life, Zale Library, the Cafeteria,
Chapel, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and Lessons from Teachers and C Staff. A distinguishing feature of this memoir is that at the end of many of these
experiences, I share lessons for living with young people.


Also, I share a brief timeline of Bishop, from its beginning to the year the school
closed.

The book ends with four speeches that were delivered in a college context. The first speech was delivered during a Bishop College alumni reunion luncheon. The second speech was delivered as the J. N. Ervin Lecture at Jarvis Christian College (now University) in Hawkins, Texas. The third speech was delivered at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. The fourth speech was given at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.

“Lesson: My parents made the most of what they had. They were not solely defined by their environment. They used their creativity and mother-wit to overcome seemingly impossible odds. Hard work was not their enemy. They were ….”
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What’s inside

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Preface

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The Bishop College Experience

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Social Context of Bishop's Founding

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Historical Timeline

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Appendix

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

This memoir is written with young people, especially my great-grandchildren, in mind. While it is addressed to them, the adult reader will, hopefully, find merit in turning the pages of this book.

I had a decision to make. I could write about the breadth and length of my life from childhood up to the present. That would take a much larger volume. I have done this, in part, in a memoir titled “Broad Shoulders,” dedicated to my daughter and son. That memoir mentions my journey at Bishop but not to the degree that I do so in this work. You are urged to read that book in the archive belonging to either ………..

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This book is my heartfelt down payment on the debt I owe to family, teachers, and friends. Many people poured into me wisdom, knowledge, and prayers, that guided me through Bishop College. I mention some of them in this book; however, I want to express my gratitude again to a few of them. ……..

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