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LCU Mourns Passing of J. Don Baldridge, Founding Board of Trustees Member

((The memorial service for Don Baldridge will be at Broadway Church of Christ on Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m.))

J. Don Baldridge, a member of the founding LCU Board of Trustees, passed peacefully on Nov. 17, 2015 after a brief illness. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Baldridge served on the Board from 1956-1988. At the time, Mr. Baldridge owned and operated the family baking business, Baldridge Bakery. He and the other board members worked diligently to secure facilities and faculty to open Lubbock Christian College in 1957 alongside the K-12 Lubbock Christian School. He also worked in the LCU development office for a time beginning in 1988.

“Don Baldridge was a major influence in the founding and life of Lubbock Christian School for decades, chairing the board of LCS for many years. He was secretary of the college board and was influential in the choice and recruiting of four of our presidents. I have known few people who have served so fully and from the heart as did Don Baldridge,” said Dr. Steven Lemley, fourth president of LCU.

Mr. Baldridge is survived by eight children and their families. The Baldridge family has been greatly involved with LCU over the years: Mr. Baldridge’s children, Neil (’73), David, Mark, Matthew (’95), Ellen (Baldridge) Humphries, and Anne (Baldridge ’89) Paxton, all attended LCU; Neil serves on the current Board of Trustees; Neil’s wife, Iona (Clevenger '73), is a member of the LCU natural sciences faculty; and a number of Mr. Baldridge’s grandchildren attended LCU.

“We mourn the passing of J. Don Baldridge. He played a vital role in the university’s founding and development,” said President Tim Perrin. “We extend our love and sympathy to the Baldridge family and celebrate the life and legacy of this great man.”

(Pictured here with the Board of Trustees of '87/'88, Baldridge is seated far right.)