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David '74 and Elaine (Fikes) Miller '73

By David Miller '74

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David '74 and Elaine (Fikes) Miller '73

Elaine and I love purple and gold. Those colors combine to make us sentimental, nostalgic, and appreciative for what Hardin-Simmons did for us.

Sentimental? BSU Director Marshall Walker sent me a mid-summer letter in 1972 inviting me to a back-to-school retreat in Glorieta, N.M. I responded, "Yes!" And that's where I met Elaine, where we first held hands in front of a fireplace in August. I'm so glad Elaine got the same letter as I did. Thank you HSU!

Nostalgic? I still can't sing the TAU bravura, "Songs are best at twilight, when a starlit sky appears..." without a lump in my throat, or the Cowboy Band tune, "We are the Cowboy Band boys..." without a smile on my face. But if I could hear only one song, I'd pick Tri Phi's four-part melodious sonnet, sung with Elaine and her angelic-sounding sisters. Thank you HSU!

Appreciative? Our college years brought us together, started our career paths, influenced our twin boys, and pulled us back to Abilene, closer to where it all started. Thank you HSU!

Showing Our Support
For us, when we mix purple and gold together, we give back green. During the Banding Together Forever Cowboy Band campaign in the late 1980s, we couldn't make an impact gift with what discretionary cash we had on hand, so we gave the band a paid-up life insurance policy.

We believe in tithing, so each time we draft our wills, HSU gets a tithe of our estate. We give to our church and to Hendrick Home for Children where I work, but we are always thrilled to "think" green when we "feel" purple and gold.

Contact Mike Hammack or one of our development officers at (325) 670-1260 or plannedgiving@hsutx.edu if you are interested in remembering HSU in your estate.

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