Dr. Chris Guthrie, a member of the Tarleton State University (TSU)  faculty since 1982,  passed away a few days ago.

Chris, who died from the effects of lung cancer, was a teacher, many parents often wish their children might have in college. He was a Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences.  

His techniques in teaching were excellent. Many times at the conclusion of his lecture, he would end the discussion with a question like this, “Would you like to know more about …?” Thus he would leave it to the students’ curiosity in returning to the next class period. The technique worked –Chris had very few absences in his classes.

Perhaps Chris’ “claim to fame” came in the late 1990s, when he authored the book,  John Tarleton and His Legacy: The History of Tarleton State University, 1899-1999.

Here’s one vivid memory Ye OLD Columnist (YOC) has about Chris’ book. One day my home phone rang, and it was Chris Guthrie. He advised me he was writing a book about the history of  Tarleton, and he needed information about Tarleton during the 1950s and 1960s. He further explained, “Dr. Chilton, I understand  you were on the administrative staff at Tarleton from 1954-1966.” I told him that was correct.

Chris then asked if he could come to my home and ask some question about that period in Tarleton’s history.  I told him I would be pleased to talk with him. As the old saying goes, “The rest is history.”

A strong friendship began with that first interview. I have a copy of  his book with this notation – “Stuart: One of the greatest benefits that has come from writing this book is that I was able to get to know you as a friend and fellow scholar. Thanks for all your help! Chris.”

Chris also had talents on the stage. He acted in a number of the University’s productions in the Clyde Wells Fine Arts Center. 

Ye OLD Columnist values Chris’ comments and his book, which added much to recording the interesting history of  our local university.

Chris, you will be missed. The students, who enrolled in your classes, were the recipients of  having one of  the best profs to teach at TSU.

YOC’s condolences go to Chris’ wife, Teresa; mother, Phyllis;  son, Andrew; daughter, Sophie; sister, Cindy; brother, Timothy and other family members.

WW II letters

Next Tuesday’s Snippets will deal with letters – those written during the BIG War – WW II. What prompted the column was a letter received from Sylvia Wingo Huckabee. Tune in next Tuesday.

’TIL NEXT TIME – “The great thing about teamwork is that you can blame someone else when things go wrong.” – Anonymous.

Dr. Stuart Chilton, a retired educator/journalist, lives in Stephenville.