Deceased trustees to be honored at SMU Service of Memory

SMU will hold a service of remembering Thursday in Perkins Chapel to honor those in the SMU community who have passed on in the past year. Among those honored are three former trustees: James Thompson, Bishop Monk Bryan, and William Clements.

Thompson was a member of the famous Mustang football team in the 1950s and his wedding was one of the first held in Perkins Chapel. He served on the Board of Trustees during the pay-to-play scandal. He was a Distinguished Alumni and also served as member of the Maguire Energy Institute Board of Directors, the Mustang Club, the Letterman’s Association and a former member of the Law School Board of Visitors. Thompson passed away Nov. 19, 2010.

Bishop Monk Bryan passed away at the age of 97 on Aug. 20, 2011. He attended the SMU Perkins School of Theology and served on the Board of Trustees. The retired United Methodist Church minister and bishop remained active in the religious, social and intellectual activities of the Presbyterian Village North Retirement Community through the last week of his life.

Clements passed away May 29, 2011 at the age of 94 after a brief hospital stay. At SMU, Clements gave gifts in support of the engineering, theology, mathematics and history. He endowed the Clements Department of History and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Clements and his wife Rita were also instrumental in acquiring and rebuilding SMU-in-Taos. Clements also served as the chairman of the board from 1967-1973 and then again from 1983 to 1986, most famously during the university’s “Pony-Gate” scandal.

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