Inspired to Give Back: Couple's Support Extends From Positive Experiences With DBU
Fred and Clairene Herold are a part of the Dallas Baptist University story, stretching back to its days in Decatur. Since being introduced to the school, DBU has held a fond place in their hearts.
Clairene's connection with DBU began early. Growing up on a dairy farm near Mineral Wells, Texas, the business dried up during the Great Depression, and the family had to move into town. Shortly thereafter, tragedy struck as her mother, father and one of her brothers all died when she was still young.
After graduating from high school, the Woman's Missionary Union at her church, FBC Mineral Wells, approached her with an offer to attend Decatur Baptist College. Clairene gladly accepted, and with nothing more than a suitcase, a box and a makeup kit, Clairene found herself in a new town, at a new school and looking at a new future.
The Start of a New Beginning
Her first job was mopping the kitchen floors at DBC, which turned out to be an act of Providence. Dr. J.L. Ward, who served as President of DBC for more than 50 years, often ate lunch in the cafeteria with the students. Impressed by Clairene's work ethic, kindness and attention to detail, Dr. Ward asked her to serve as an assistant to the dorm mother on campus. Clairene accepted, and eventually she also worked in Dr. Ward's office.
After graduating with her associate degree, Dr. Ward offered her a private loan to continue her studies at Baylor University. There Clairene met a young former airman named Fred Herold, who had served three years in World War II. The two were married in June of 1948. The couple continued to live in Dallas. Clairene stayed home and raised their two children, Larry and Dianne. Fred worked for the Federal Reserve; he then spent 25 years employing individuals for Van Waters and Rogers in Dallas.
Reconnecting With DBU
In 1965, Decatur Baptist College moved to Dallas. In 1988, the new DBU President, Dr. Gary Cook, and Dennis Linam, the new DBU Vice President for External Affairs, decided to hold Decatur Baptist College reunions every spring.
Clairene and Fred began attending these reunions and reconnected with the school they had known so well.
"DBU is a beautiful place and filled with such wonderful Christians," Clairene says. "The faculty and staff are top-notch, and they care about people."
Fred had a reputation for accurately sizing people up at Van Waters and Rogers and knew good things were in store when he met Dr. Cook.
"I could recognize that he was a quality person," Fred says, "and he was giving his life to this school. When you go there, you are not a visitor, you are not a guest—you are family."
From this reconnection with DBU, Fred and Clairene established gift annuities with the Baptist Foundation of Texas. In this way, they can continue to help DBU in the years to come. Although Clairene will tell you the loan from Dr. Ward was paid off years ago, the investment that DBC made in her life continues to be repaid.
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