Lucian Morehead, BA ’30, has seen a lot in his 99 years. As a student, he was friends with some of the Baylor basketball players who went on to become known as the Immortal 10. His graduating class was the first to use Waco Hall, and since then, he’s seen 13 different head football coaches, from Morley Jennings to Art Briles, and eight Baylor presidents, from Samuel Palmer Brooks to Ken Starr.
His name isn’t on any building at Baylor, but throughout his life — as he came to Baylor from Plainview, Texas, earned his degree, became an attorney, returned to Plainview to raise his family, and then retired to Austin — he has done his best to support Baylor. A long-time football season ticket holder, when he’s been unable to attend in recent years due to poor health, he has returned his tickets to Baylor for distribution to other BU fans.
On the giving side, he established the Lucian E. Morehead Endowed Athletic Scholarship, funded an assistant coach’s office at the Whetsel Practice Facility, established a charitable gift annuity benefiting Baylor athletics, and has contributed to the excellence fund for every single Baylor sport — believed to be the only Bear to have done so. He’s also contributed to the Guardian Angels at Armstrong Browning and the President’s club, and he is a member of the Endowed Scholarship Society and Baylor Bear Foundation.
Over a lifetime of supporting Baylor, Morehead has quietly become one of the highest-ever cumulative donors to the Baylor athletic endowment. He’s one of only 50 members of Legacy Legends, a program established this year to recognize donors who have put Baylor athletics in their estate plans. And despite suffering a heart attack and broken hip this year, he continues to follow the Bears by having his grandchildren read him all the articles about Baylor in the Waco Tribune-Herald (to which he subscribes even in Austin).
I love to hear these amazing stories of Bears who have made an impact on Baylor and the students who have followed in their footsteps. What’s your Baylor legacy?
Sic ’em, Mr. Morehead!