Abilene High Class of 1961

Biographies A - E

Russell Bob Adams Barbara BROWN Richard CROWELL
Clarie Adamson Judy BURNS Jackie "Butch" CUNNINGHAM
Suzanne Albright Terry BUTLER Phil DAVIS
Frederick "Fred" Allen
Jack Malcolm ANTHONY, Jr. Poe CABE Thomas Edwin DAVIS
Joe Armstrong Martin Lee CARGILE Nick DeVRIES
Glenda Arnold Linda CARVER Linda DIXON
Ralph Arrell Carolyn CHANEY Jarvine DODSON
Bill Bacon Clara CHEEK Stephen DUBOV
Eddie Baldwin Jean CLOUD Beth DURHAM
Walter Barnes Bob CLUCK Gay Lynn EMERY
Ramona BATIS Edna COLE Feather EPPLER
Doug Beyer Ann COPPEDGE



Russell Bob Adams

I was in enrolled in  San Francisco Art Institute while Stephen Dubov was attending Stanford U. We visited one another often.  Stephen was a very ' gifted ' fellow & continues to be so. I was employed at Gump's (a luxury American home furnishings and home décor retailer), in San Francisco, during this time I had a serious auto accident. Stephen took the position with Gump's when I had to leave and return to Abilene for a year due to the accident. 

Before that, I was the manager of the old hotel... San Remo... at 6th. and Bryant. I was the day manager and rented rehearsal space ( ballroom ) to several of the rock bands of the day... Grateful Dead, Starship, etc.. I went to school with some of the band members. They were art students, before music fame  entered their lives. I didn't pay for many concerts during those years. 

Stephen worked at Sonoma State. The Art Dept. Chairman, Bill Morehouse, was a personal friend of mine. His wife, Phyllis , was a schoolmate at Arlington State College, which I attended after A.H.S.  (by Russell with slight edits from webmaster)



Frederick "Fred" Allen

Fred was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His early years were spent in Cisco, Texas, where he was known as the "Cisco Kid".  In the early 1950s, the family moved to Abilene where he was neighbors with his AHS Classmates; Crystal Ragsdale and later with Randy Miller and Legendary AHS Coach, Chuck Moser.  He graduated from Abilene High School in 1961 where he played tackle on the Varsity Football Team and then entered Baylor University on a full football scholarship. Baylor won the Blue Bonnet Bowl his senior year.  Later, he played semi-pro ball in Plano, Texas. 

His hobbies included hunting and fly fishing, building and operating his G-scale garden railroad. He enjoyed sports and rooting for Baylor University and the Dallas Cowboys.

Jack Malcolm ANTHONY, Jr. (17 Jun 1943 - Sep 2008)

Jack was an Attorney who last practiced in Dallas. His father, J. Malcolm Sr. was principal of Fair Park Elementary, Crockett Elementary, North Junior High School and the first at Cooper High School.

Joe Armstrong



Joe and unnamed parties in 2002


Thursday, March 25, 1999

Abilenians past and present getting good visibility these days

By Bill Whitaker

While Texas Monthly sometimes seems to go out of its way to ignore West Texas, the magazine has made up for it in a big way in its March issue, devoting several pages to a former busboy at Abilene’s famous Dixie Pig.

Of course, that mere busboy has evolved into one of the legends of the New York publishing business — Joe Armstrong.

Best-known for rescuing and reviving a small-time, on-the-rocks rock publication called Rolling Stone back when few had ever heard of it, Joe has gone on to many other challenges over the years, including a period as publisher and editor-in-chief of New York magazine and its West Coast spin-off, New West.

In her article for Texas Monthly, Manhattan-based Meghan Daum says the ever-engaging, ever-resourceful publishing genius “remains perfectly in sync with the interests and obsessions of his generation, a group whose enthusiasms over the decades have moved from Jim Morrison to designer gardening to high-level investment.”

Even more amazing for someone in the publishing business, he’s managed to keep not only his colleagues and staffers pumped-up but remains one of the most liked people in New York City — a neat trick in itself.

What’s more, the magazine insists Joe, now 55, remains every bit a Texan at heart, even if he is deeply rooted to New York’s busy media scene. While he mixes easily with friends such as Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Bill Moyers, Elton John and Dan Rather, he’s back in Abilene fairly often to see his parents, Doyle and Dorthadele Armstrong.

A regular Joe?

Joe’s visits back home have become more and more frequent, partially because his father has been in frail health the past couple of years, the result of a stroke and major heart surgery. Joe’s mom says her boy really doesn’t see visiting as some sort of duty-bound obligation, though, that he genuinely enjoys being back.

“He’s pretty much the same wherever he is,” Dorthadele said of her son the other day. “He’s really back here quite often. He’s happy here, doing the grocery shopping and taking us out to dinner. He just has that disposition. I think he got that from his father, along with his habit for hard work.”

Excerpts from Bill Whitaker article in The Abilene Reporter-News and Reporter OnLine - All content copyright 1999,

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2016 Update:

Joe is: Now on unpaid sabbatical from ABC NEWS where he worked for three years with Peter Jennings and then two with Diane Sawyer, Armstrong is now a full-time volunteer for these projects: Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with life-threatening illnesses (10 years), the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, building houses in New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity, working with parents of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT for mental health support programs, and he has made numerous trips to Cuba to take supplies to orphanages and to build a chapel.


"My 5th year of working 2.5 months here: mostly at a Christian mission near the old Jerusalem's Damascus Gate and then at a Paul Newman camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses near the Sea of Galilee. Fifth year for both; I am on the board of the camp and raise money for them; we take Christian, Jewish and Muslim kids fighting for their lives." ... Joe









2014 Update: Dr. Mike Bennett

Headmaster: All Saints Episcopal School Lubbock, TX

Classes: 8th grade Comparative Religion

Spouse: Sharon Children: Jeff, Mark, & Whitney

Favorite Book: The Bible, Quo Vadis

Favorite Food: Mexican food

Favorite thing about teaching: Interacting with students

Favorite thing about All Saints: Teaching and growing the whole child

Favorite things to do outside of school: Travel with Sharon, teach Sunday School, ride motorcycles, and visit family


Byron Douglas BEYER (17 Oct 1942 - 11 Nov 2006)


Doug Beyer

Byron Douglas Beyer was born October 17, 1942 in Abilene, Texas to Libert Alois and Ruth Standard Beyer. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1961 and attended McMurry University and Odessa College. Doug married Betty Kathlene Moore at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Abilene, Texas., on August 5, 1966. They lived in Odessa and Pampa, Texas, prior to their move to Brownwood in 2000. While living in Odessa and Pampa, Doug worked for El Paso Products and Lubrication Service, Inc.. He was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Brownwood. Doug spent his leisure time hunting, fishing, and perfecting his outdoor cooking skills. Favorite times were spent with his children, grandchildren, friends and extended family.


November 20, 2006
Rememberance of Doug Beyer by his friend, Spencer Taylor

The service was nothing different than any other service except that it was my friend being buried and I missed him greatly. Counting Doug and me there were 5 people there that were in my wedding party 41 yrs ago that day. The others being Doug’s cousin Ronny Beyer, our classmate Richard Crowell and a friend named Herluth Faulks.

Doug and I met the summer of 1958. He was delivering papers for the Reporter News and I had the route next to his. We were finished delivering our routes and were both behind Throntons on so 14th and Barrow stealing a stalk of banana’s and donuts. We had been doing that all summer but never at the same time until that day. He was riding a cushman eagle and I was on a sears scooter. After that we met every morning except Sunday until school started. For some reason we stayed friends for the rest of our lives. We sometimes went years without seeing one another but always stayed in touch by Christmas cards. Doug ‘s wife Betty, was great at keeping us informed about what was going on with their family and Gayle would do the same. When he retired in 2000 at lake brownwood we got back together and saw each other often. He and Betty came to Colorado to visit us in the summer and we spent a couple of New years eve’s with them. We met at different places to eat during the year and I know I really looked forward to our times together. One thing is for sure, I am really going to miss him!


One of my fondest memories is showing up at the Metro Theater on Saturday afternoon in a new pink shirt with the collar turned up hipster style, black pants with a narrow blue suede belt and blue suede shoes (honest, I had a pair). I was in the fifth grade and in the process of discovering girls, and I sat down next to Gena Jay. Karen Haynes, later to be my first love, was on the other side of me, and during the Movietone News, she whispered to me, "She'll have stars in her eyes for a week if you put your arm around her!" It took me fifteen minutes to work up the courage, but when I did, the effect on me was dramatic. Gena and I never became an item, and I have no idea if she ever had a single star in either eye, but I was hooked on romance forever that afternoon.

And the lions at Fair Park Zoo! My brother and I were certain that if they ever escaped they'd head straight for our back door on Peach St., and when our parents left us alone for an evening to go dancing at the Petroleum Club, we'd barricade the back door and stand watch with butcher knives and our BB guns. Just when we'd get settled down, one of those lions would roar, and we'd have to go back into our terrified alert mode. Those lions could really roar, and they did it every evening. We could have been in the Serengeti. That still amazes me when I think about it. It made my neighborhood almost as romantic as the African plains, and I always thought those lions might have been part of the reason that Johnny Gerhart ended up spending most of his life in Africa. They had a powerful subconscious effect, and Johnny lived even closer to Fair Park than I did.

And what about the DDT trucks? They used to spray the alleys regularly, and we loved riding our bikes down the alley behind them at breakneck speed, riding in the white cloud of spray and crashing into trash cans and each other. My mother was furious at me for doing it, but I loved the smell of DDT in the morning. It reminded me of.......victory.

Probably no one except me remembers the two vicious street gangs that ruled the "turf" on Peach and Jeanette streets and the other turf on Meander and Amarillo between S11 th and S14th street one summer. I don't remember which one I belonged to, but we called ourselves the Dogs and the Fish. I think I was probably a Dog. At least I hope so. Fish don't promote much fear among their enemies. That particular gang war went on for probably.......two weeks. We rode our bicycles into enemy turf regularly, and us Dogs had a plan had we ever actually captured a Fish. We were going to take them into the vacant lot in front of Eddie Baldwin's house on Jeanette St. and stake them out on a red ant mound like little Apaches. I don't think anyone ever got caught, and the appeal of gang warfare in our hood soon abated, especially after the leader of the Fish, a wildly precocious kid named Leslie King, moved away. We moved on to better things, like toy soldier forts and clod fights.
- Mike Boren, Alta Vista [Special thanks to the "The Sovereign Neighborhoods" class project - Editor, Michael Grant (Mike Wayman)]







Bonne Voyager


Photos courtesy of Terry Butler

At the age of 16 Terry Butler found herself at a track meet, trying to hurdle her way onto the U.S. Olympic team. It was there she met Wilma Rudolph. “I’d never seen anything like it,” says Butler. “She ran like a faun.” Rudolph ran her way into Olympic history; Butler just kept running.

A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” Butler has lived and traveled the world over, with Aspen as her home base for the last four decades. Walk off Galena Street and up the black-diamond steps of the Residence Inn and you’ll discover Butler’s base camp. Part intimate hotel, part Victorian drawing room (with Asian accents), and part photographic gallery of Butler’s famous friends (Hollywood types like Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone, politicos from Jimmy Carter to John McCain), the Residence Inn has catered to a loyal coterie of upscale guests since Butler cobbled it together in 1996. Originally a collection of apartments, the Residence fell into Butler’s hands when she began buying up leases and renovating the apartments.

Who better than a passionate traveler to run a hotel? Born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, then Abilene, Texas, Butler has refined the art of the peripatetic existence. At 17 she lit out for Mexico, eventually earning a degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Possessing qualities then rare in Mexico—blond hair, blue eyes, stature—Butler was soon hosting three Mexican television shows and garnering ample modeling work. She preferred the former to the latter. “I had a lot more to say than how I looked,” she explains. Her first husband and father of her two children saw her on TV, vowed to marry her, and kept his word.

Butler spent 13 years in Mexico, but in 1968 she made a trip to Aspen and caught the skiing bug. (“My longest living relationship is with Ajax Mountain,” she says.) Eventually, she moved to the valley where she has variously raised Appaloosas  [Terry sold her Pitkin County, Colorado, 13 acre ranch to actor, Don Johnson, in 1987], run a private gym, an antique concern, an interior design business and now a hotel. Despite a couple residencies outside of Aspen—once for a modeling gig in New York, another time for a husband in Dallas—she has always returned.

Butler’s commitment to Aspen manifests itself in various political and civic involvements, most notably a failed bid for mayor during the anti-fur wars of the early ’90s (“What are we women supposed to wear?” she asked then), and most recently in her opposition to the demolition of the Bidwell building. While generally pro-business, as people who run businesses tend to be, Butler puts a high price on preservation, preferring renovation to demolition. Some buildings, she says, “are spiritually part of the soul of the town and should not be destroyed.”

Butler’s involvement in these issues stems in part from her commitment to her hotel, which she plans to run as long as she can. “I can’t afford myself,” she says when retirement is suggested. By this she means she must fund her travel. Her special passion is hiking and climbing in the Himalayas, where she has made nine expeditions in the last 17 years. There have also been eight trips to India. Her face lights up when describing her initial trips to Nepal, trekking in the mountains or chewing the fat with fellow travelers at Katmandu haunts like the Hotel Yak and Yeti.

“My dream since childhood,” explains Butler, “was getting on an airplane and going to some far away place and seeing how long it took to meet everybody.” In the spring of 1993, Butler was the first up an unnamed peak in Bhutan (since christened Yali Peaks III), and in November of that year she was inducted into the Explorers’ Club. Butler considers it one of her most meaningful recognitions. “It’s a special group,” she says. “These people are really out there.”

When asked about her relationships with men, Butler admits that “it has been colorful.” She has dated lords, princes and marquises, athletes of various stripes (with a penchant for polo players and the occasional surfer), titans of industry, heirs of significant fortunes, rock ‘n’ rollers, actors and politicians from the prime minister of Nepal to the mayor of Mecca. Says Butler, “I’ve very much enjoyed the romances, but my life has never depended on whether I had a partner or not. I’m the happiest single person I’ve ever met. It works for me. I have a very full life. I can’t ever remember being bored.”

This article appears in the Holiday 2008 issue of Aspen Sojourner



Martin Lee CARGILE ( 11 Sep 1943- 13 Nov 2004)

Martin married Karen HOOD (AHS'62) who is the sister of Tommy HOOD (AHS'61).


In Memoriam:  Martin Cargile died Saturday morning, November 13, 2004, in Abilene.


Cassie got engaged to Ken Koegl AHS '59 in June of 1962 before he was to report to Fort Sill, OK for ROTC summer camp. The Army broke Ken's contract for a Commission (Medical) so Cassie and he moved up their wedding date to early Sept 1962.

Ken graduated in 1963 from Texas A&M with a BBA in Accounting and he went to work for Ford Motor Co. at the Louisiana auto assembly plant. Their first daughter, Roxanne, was born in Louisiana. Ken was tranferred to the Assembly Division HQ in Dearborn, MI in 1965 and their second daughter Tonya was born there. The family there for three years and their son, Eric was born there in 1967.

In 1968, Ken accepted a job at Texas Instruments in Dallas and the family returned to Texas. Ken earned his MBA in 1970 and accepted a position with Atlantic Richfield Co. In 1972, Ken was transferred to ARCO International Division in Los Angeles - at the end of two years this position ended along with the marriage of Cassie and Ken. Cassie moved back to Dallas area.







My grandparents lived 2 blocks from the zoo. When I would spend the night with them, several of my cousins would stay too and we slept in the living room on a pallet. My grandmother would leave the doors open so the breeze would flow through the house. I don't think a one of us slept a wink, the lions would really roar. We slept pretty close to each other. We were not afraid to walk over to the zoo in the daytime and went there often.

We lived on Sycamore Street, I believe it was off of East South 11th. When I was about 9 years old we moved to the South part of Abilene. I lived on Over St. which was one block south of South 20th. I went to Bowie Elementary (which was built in 1951) We moved into a brand new house and the only thing beyond our backyard was a pasture with horses in it. We put the lawn and trees in after we moved there.
When growing up, there was a vacant lot on the corner across the street, with mesquite trees and we would play and play and play over there. Play jacks on that cold front porch, ride our bikes and stay out late and watch the lightning bugs and sit on the front porch and enjoy the evening breeze. I would rather be outside than inside. But would of course go in to watch I Love Lucy.

My Aunt and Uncle were Oliver and Cleo Howard and I was very close to them, they were like my second parents and I spent a lot of time with them. My Uncle would take me to school sometimes and I was so proud to arrive in style in his white Chrysler. He was the Mayor of Abilene for a while.
- Edna Cole, Bowie [Special thanks to the "The Sovereign Neighborhoods" class project - Editor, Michael Grant (Mike Wayman)]




We moved into a new house at 1502 Green Street in 1953. The street behind us was Burger, and past that only pasture land. I remember the red dirt that would not come out of our clothes, especially white socks, and red ants that could sting like crazy. We then moved just across Catclaw Creek to 1517 Graham Street. Our “block” ran from North 12th Street to North 18th Street. I remember David Winkles lived on one end and Travis CRANFILL at the other end, and so many others in between. Donna Day lived down the street and she had a piano. (My one wish in life that we could never afford) She and I went to the movies on some Saturdays and almost always went to the book store next to the theatre. I think I bought every Nancy Drew book that was published during that time. Can you imagine, I had 25 cents to spend. I went to the movie, bought a drink and Jr. Mints and still had money left over for a book. Sometimes we would venture across the street to Minters or Grissoms and try on hats. My mother would have had a hissy fit if she knew we did that!

My family went to a church near our neighborhood which will remain nameless to protect the innocent. My favorite memory there was the pastor’s wife. It seemed to me that they had a multitude of children, and I suppose by the time she got all of them ready for church, she must have been exhausted. Each Sunday we would all watch her sleep in the choir loft, during the entire service, singing and all. Bless her heart, she got them all there, though.

Some, but not all, of the schoolmates that lived near us were; Clara and Ronnie Cheek, David Beck, the most beautiful girl named Susan across the street on the corner, Carolyn and James Toney, Jerry Osborne just around the corner, Martha Dusek not far from there, Carolyn Gillis near her, and my idea of perfection, Allison Tartt, lived just over on Swenson. The very special boy that lived directly across the street, Johnny Miller, was the very first boy I ever kissed (blush).

I started the third grade at Fannin Elementary on the first day it opened. My teacher was Mrs. Alva Wilson, and she will always be the teacher I remember the most. That year at Christmas we put on a spectacular play, “The Littlest Angel” starring Freddie Martinez. The Three Kings were quite funny, and I think Jerry Grider was one of them, which explains why they were not solemn, but funny. It was a fun year and lots of friends were made that are still friends today over 50 years later.

My very best friend (since the third grade), Peggy Cook, lived just across Catclaw Creek from me. There was a small wooden bridge that was safe to use if it had not been raining a lot, and the creek flooded. We met there a lot, when it was too late to go to one of our homes to visit. Jackie Henson lived on her side of the bridge. Peggy and I would work for weeks before the West Texas Fair and Rodeo to get matching clothes to wear. It always rained during the fair, but we didn’t care, we really just wanted to see who was there and if they looked as good as we did! I think our best outfit was the khaki and black one, but one of the rides was too much for Peggy and we had to leave early because she wet her pants. Ah, such memories.
- Ann Coppedge, Fannin [Special thanks to the "The Sovereign Neighborhoods" class project - Editor, Michael Grant (Mike Wayman)]

In Memoriam:

Ann Coppedge Collier, age 70 of Temple Texas, beloved daughter wife and mother, passed away Monday evening, March 24, 2014. Ann was born to William and Annie Coppedge in Sweetwater, Texas. She grew up in the Sweetwater and Abilene area, where she married her husband Kenneth Richard Collier on June 6, 1959.

Ann is survived by her husband of 54 years, Kenneth Richard Collier and her three sons, Jacky Mark Collier, Richard William Collier and Timothy Scott Collier and his wife, Lori, mother Annie Coppedge, and brother Arvin Coppedge and wife Merrilyn

Ann is also survived by her eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Born in Abilene and moved with family to Houston in the early 1950's.  I went to Junior high in Spring Branch (Houston).  Landrum Junior High, which is still there.  We moved back to Abilene in the summer of 1958 to our home on North Willis.  We still owned the house until last year (2012) after my mother died. 
 Ercel Warren was one of the first people I met when my family moved from Houston to Abilene in the summer of 1958. We attended the same church. Since he played in the band and I did as well, he made the transition to Abilene High School very comfortable for me. I found it so easy to adjust to AHS that it was like I had always been there.


See Sunny's Christmas 1960 Search for a perfect tree. 


A 2013 look inside of Sunny's one of a kind "Old House on the Creek"   (Note: click link, then on image to enlarge)



David "Dale" Craik

Dale Craik's parents, Warren Craik and Eva Young Craik, were both professors at Hardin-Simmons. Perhaps this is why Dale was one of the youngest AHS Class of 1961 graduates.

The Craig family lived on the corner of North 11th and Merchant; Jerry Gilbreath, lived one block due south, at 1749 North 10th, and Gary Morris lived a few blocks west on North 10th.  Some of his other neighbors who attended Abilene high were; John Odam, Jerl Franklin, Jerry Burrow, John Marshall, Marian and Harold Hann, Wade Frey, Billy Dean Hunt, Lana Jordan, Frank White, Kay Hubbard, Jimmy Helton, Jean Cloyd and Joe Honeycutt.


In Memoriam:


My first home was in Abilene on Cedar Street just south of St. Ann's hospital (which is long gone). We moved to Buffalo Gap Rd. when I was 5. I went to Wylie Elementary School, along with Dick Nowell, Dale Thorp, and David Bozarth. Wylie was not the school that it is today, it was just a little country school, 2 classes per grade and almost everyone rode the bus. One vivid memory is being told by the older kids about the principal's electric paddle. I guess he just plugged it in and ran it till the utility bill got too high.

All the kids were scattered out, we just saw each other at school. No free lunch programs but the school fed the children that really needed the meals, after they were old enough they helped serve in the cafeteria. At Wylie they lined us up once a year for vaccinations.That was quite an ordeal, lots of squalling and bawling (the polio scare among other reasons I guess).
- Richard Crowell, Wylie [Special thanks to the "The Sovereign Neighborhoods" class project - Editor, Michael Grant (Mike Wayman)]


Jackie Carl "Butch" CUNNINGHAM ( 17 Feb 1943 - July 2, 2011)

In Memoriam:


Thomas Edwin DAVIS (21 Mar 1943 - Mar 2012)

In Memoriam:

Tom married Ethel Alberta STINNENT on 6 Oct 1973 in Abilene. He suffered from multiple myeloma and died in Tennessee.



2016 Career Summary and Update:

After Hardin-Simmons University (BA Biology) I spent two years in the service due to ROTC obligations (Germany). Great tour for me as Preventative Medicine Officer as I got to tour all of south Germany on my medical inspections of field hospitals. ( I even met up with Mike Boren on one of those tours.) Afterwards I enrolled at the University of Houston and received my BFA. After graduate school (University of Oklahoma) I came back to Houston teaching at Rice and UH for two years. In 1975, I was asked to start the fine arts department (visual arts) at the University of Houston at Clear Lake City campus (now University of Houston-Clear Lake) and retired from there two years ago. 

During my appointment at UHCL I had the opportunity to travel to numerous countries and taught at various institutions abroad, especially in Eastern Europe (Slovak Republic) where I received a Fulbright Fellowship teaching and researching at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. I also spent time in various Latin American countries. 

When in Bratislava I traveled a number of times with our Chancellor to Slovenia and Croatia (Istrian Peninsula); I agree with you about its beauty! Then some areas were bombed (back into the Stone Age.) We barely got out of one of the places we were scheduled to visit. 

We spent most of our time on the Istrian Peninsula where we were involved in symposia concentrating on stone carving. Most of this took place in the quaint city of Labin where I could have stayed for the rest of my life - gracious individuals, natural beauty, relaxed pace of life allowing for much introspection and of course interesting history. The coastal city of Rovinj on the peninsula was my favorite where I took my wife and in-laws, later headed for Venice. 




Stephen DUBOV

  Note: The following information is from a website which was initiated and is maintained by Friends of Stephen Dubov.  Click here to go to that external website.

 * Born 8/9/43 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Father was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, died in WWII. Mother, Lynda Dubov, is an artist with works and shows throughout the United States.

    * Moved to Shreveport, Louisiana with mother, sister, grandmother.

    * 1952 moved to New York, attended Steiner School, Greenwich House Pottery, Art Students League.

    * Moved to Abilene, Texas, 1956. Abilene High School grad in 1960 [actually 1961]. Folks (mother re-married) owned Abilene Bookstore. Protested censorship in '59, televised on CBS.

    * Kansas City Art Institute, BFA, 1964. Shows: Mid America Annual, '63 & '64. Death of JFK strongly felt. Anti-war interests. Pieces at Nelson-Rockhurst Museum, Tulsa, Dallas, Los Angeles.

    * Stanford University, MFA, 1966. Full scholarship/grant. Anti-war awareness comes home to roost...

    * in San Francisco for Haight/Fillmore, part of experiments with Dr. Alpert, Dr. Leary at Stanford. Large outdoor piece at Stanford Museum, other works to San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Altos Hills, Minneapolis.

    * University of New Mexico, 1967. Instructor in sculpture/drawing/3-D design. Enviro/earth architecture, J. Bear, solar homes with P. Solari and domes. Received grant for large steel sculpture, housed in University museum. Pieces to Detroit, Wichita, and Denver.

    * 1968, moved to San Francisco. Worked at Gumps Gallery, lived in SOMA, the old Hotel Howard at 6th & Bryant. Taught part-time for short period at Woodside Priory. In Berkeley for anti-war protests. Choreography and set design for "Open Arts," a dance company out of Berkeley.

    * 1969 moved to 276 Shipley, an old warehouse, 3000 sq. feet. Began lectures at Sonoma State University, sculpture/drawing. Cambodian protest while at Sonoma as teacher. "Shut them Down," built park for Rohnert Park with students from Sonoma State. Full time at Sonoma State in 1970, drawing and sculpture. Alvin Duskin's Yerba Buena protests South of Market. Began attending local city council meetings. Spearheaded Anti-Weapons protest at Sonoma State. Moved into plastic as sculptural material, away from steel. Began video works and combined them with documentaries about SOMA and the poverty there.

    * 1972, incarcerated for 3/10 of gram. Three and a half months in Federal Camp. Began self-portraits. Released. Purchased 275 Shipley (right across the street). Renovated completely into studio/home/shop, using all sharp angles, mostly 60/30/45, the outside frame was 90. Project took 3 years. Click here to see photos of Shipley Street studio.

    * Impermanence of art, cardboard and floorworks on paper. Gave up steel, used cloth, degradable materials. Live performance work, videos, film. Ken Vetter (a dancer, now deceased), John and Freddie at Contact Improv, Whoopi Goldberg, before she...

    * 1978, opened Upstairs Books on Folsom. 1978, retired Sonoma State. Opened Shipley Parking and an apartment house on Clara Street. Involved with local politics...

    * 1979/80 opened Shipley Special Cars, classic American autos, mostly Studebakers post-war through the termination of the company. Showroom at 4th & Bryant, across the street from the Hotel Utah. Began collecting Japanese artifacts and antique watches. Involved in Sound-Works and theater groups. Assisted in the development of Halberstads, on South Van Ness, the local fencing club and school, still in operation. Began The Andulusian Rats, funding food for needy and homeless.

    * 1981/1982 developed a small construction and real estate business using property South of Market. Designed local office spaces. Showed cars at the Marina, involved in regional auto shows. Joined a national organization in Washington, D.C. involved in the anti-nuclear movement.

    * 1984 through 1985, incarcerated for a drug-related offense. More self-portraits.

    * 1986 rebuilding lifestyle and Shipley Street studio/home

    * 1987 incarcerated for possession, this sentence...Life Without Parole

    * 1991 began Vens series.

    * 1999 began Sculptural Boundaries Series.

    * May, 2000: At a resentencing hearing held in San Francisco, Dubov's Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentence was struck down and a new sentence of thirty years was imposed.

    Major Shows and Exhibitions

        * Ball State, Teacher's College Museum, Muncie, IN. 1964

        * University of Kansas Gallery, Lawrence, KS. 1964

        * Mid America Annual, Rockhurst Nelson Museum, MO. 1965

        * Dallas Museum Gallery, Dallas, TX. 1965

        * St. Louis Arts Center, St. Louis, MO. 1965

        * University of Tennessee Gallery, Knoxville, TN. 1966

        * Stanford University Gallery, Stanford, CA. 1966

        * University of Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY. 1967

        * U. of New Mexico Fine Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM. 1967

        * Arizona State University Annual Art Show, Tempe, AZ. 1967

        * Abilene Art Museum, Abilene, TX. 1968

        * University of Victoria Gallery, Victoria, B.C. 1969

        * Worcester State Art Gallery, Worcester, MA. 1970

        * Topeka Museum Gallery, Topeka, KS. 1970

        * Richman Art Center, Richman, CA. 1971

        * Aspen Annual, Aspen, CO. 1971

        * Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA. 1971

        * Utah Museum, Salt Lake, UT. 1973

        * Sonoma State Museum, Rohnert Park, CA. 1974

        * Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 1975

        * Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. 1976

        * Sonoma State Art Museum, Rohnert Park, CA. 1978

        * Project Artaud, San Francisco, CA. 1978

        * Upstairs Books, San Francisco, CA. 1979

        * M.H. deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA. 1980

        * Club Foot, San Francisco, CA. 1980

        * DV8, San Francisco, CA. 1980

        * Outside, New Orleans, LA. 1980

        * Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA. 1981

        * End/Time, Berkeley, CA. 1982

        * Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA. 1983

        * Stanford Museum, Stanford, CA. 1988

        * Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 1994



± Feather Eppler


Feather EPPLER

Note: Background - Feather attended all three years with the 1961 Class of Abilene High School.  However, due to some personal issues Feather missed graduating with the Class of 1961 by a couple of credits. She married Raymar "Teddy" TEDFORD, Jr. (1942 - 1996) of the 1960 Class of Abilene High School, in 1963 and they had two boys together before they divorced.

Online interview with Suzanne Daniel, Childhood Friend (& classmate throughout Abilene public schools), of Feather Eppler on 8/18/2023.

Question: "Describe some of Feather’s favorite things…"
Her Katy Keane comic books. She sent in some of her designs and they used them in their comic books. She kept every one of those comic books. She was really talented.

Question: "Can you share a memory about something Feather loved?"
I know that Feather loved her maternal Grandmother. she spent a lot of time with her during the summers. I think that is where she learned to make the patterns, how to sew, and cook . She got a lot more personal attention from this grandmother than her half sisters who favored their other grandmother who had more money.

Question: "What obstacles did Feather have to overcome in life? What was the result?"
Feather had a lot of obstacles to overcome. She came from a single parent family. Her own father did not come back from the war. Her stepfather had drinking problems which led to a divorce. Her first husband who was the love of her life eventually left her with two children. She eventually remarried but, had to work hard to support her children and her spouse's children. There was never enough money and they had financial problems. But she never complained. She just continued to work at whatever she could to bring in money. She worked for the school system, did worked in a convenience store, she did nails, she crafted and raised poms.

Question: "What is something you always associate with Feather? Why?"
Feather was very petite with a very small waist. However, she always thought that her hips were too big. So, every night before she would go to bed she would do this hip crawl from her bedroom at the front of the house all the way down the hall to her Mom's room at the back of the house and then, back to her room again. It was a hoot. However, through the years I have done that same exercise myself to keep in shape.!!

Question: "Was Feather known for any sayings or catch phrases?"
not that I remember

Question: "What things (big or little) made Feather laugh or get upset?"
I always knew better than to ever ask her about her real father as she really didn't know anything about him. I was always afraid it would make her sad and upset. I know that one time she found a letter from him and she cried and was very upset because her mom didn't really ever talk to her about him.

Question: "Can you share a favorite photo of Feather?"

Question: "What things (big or little) made Feather laugh or get upset?"
Feather used to get upset with her first husband when they were going together in high school. She had quite a temper and she would not put up with any of his nonsense. She also, would get upset with her stepfather when he mistreated her mom and her sisters.

Question: "What’s one thing you will always think of when you remember Feather?"
Sleepovers and eating half of a peanut butter cake that her mom had made. I also loved her mom. She was the sweetest woman. We considered each other moms as an extra mom. She used to call my mom Mama #2. We just lived three blocks from one another in Abilene. Our birthdays were less than a month apart so, we just always knew one another. Our mothers had been to nursing school together so they were friends. She is my daughter's Godmother.

Question: "What was Feather like when you were together? What memory stands out?"
She was funny, full of fire. She was little and petite but, could hold her own with anyone. She was so talented. She could design and make her own clothes. When we were little she used to cut patterns out of newspapers for her doll's clothes. As an adult, she created beautiful china dolls and dressed them in the most beautiful little gowns. She quilted and made all kinds of things. She was a master crafter. She worked so hard all of her life. She deserved a lot better life than what she got. I miss her so much.

                                      * Classmates Name = Attended 20th year reunion, AHS '61 in 1981

                        ± Name - Indicates attended with AHS ‘61 Class but did not participate in Graduation Ceremony