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2012 Distinguished Alumni
William E. Rogers
Louisiana College is honored to announce William E. Rogers as a Distinguished Alumnus. Rogers graduated from LC in 1951 with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology, physics and religion. Rogers began attending Louisiana State University Medical School immediately after graduating from LC but soon realized his calling in life was not medicine. It was ministry. Rogers withdrew from medical school in April 1952 and enrolled in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Rogers married Joan Scharfenstein and had three children while in seminary. Rogers received his Masters of Divinity degree in January 1960.
45 years later, Rogers enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated with his Doctorate in Ministry at age 76. Rogers was the oldest person to receive his Ph.D. in the history of the school. In 1977 Rogers began pastoring at Grace Baptist Church in the inner city of New Orleans and began his work in prison ministry. When hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Rogers lost his home and relocated to Livingston Parish, LA. However, he continued to work with Grace Baptist Church and the Louisiana Baptist Convention to help rebuild New Orleans. Rogers served as a pastor for 54 years. He even pastored for a number of years in New York. Rogers also worked with the French Missions Department of the Southern Baptist convention Home Mission Board as a missionary to the French. Rogers’ wife passed away in 2006 after 51 years of marriage. “Jesus took her by the hand and said ‘Joan, it’s time to go home’ and He took her home,” said Rogers. “It was very hard for me. I didn’t get over it, but I got through it.”
Today, Rogers has five children, 18 grandchildren and seven great-grand children.
Judith McClelland Porter
Louisiana College and the Alumni Association is pleased to honor Judith McClelland Porter as a Distinguished Alumna at during this year’s homecoming week. While attending LC, Porter participated in numerous activities and received many honors for it. Porter served as head cheerleader, received the LC Who’s Who award, was on Alpha Chi, May Court, and Basketball Sweetheart Court and served as treasure of the Cadmian Society and Kappa Delta Phi. Porter also served as secretary of the Baptist Student Union Executive Counsel and Student Congress.
After graduating from LC in 1967 with a double major in mathematics and history, she soon married fellow LC graduate, Johnny Porter. Today, the couple has been married for 45 years and they have three children and seven grandchildren. Porter proudly served as a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher for many years. Porter also traveled to Mexico twice on mission trips to minister to the needs of orphaned children.
While earning her Master’s from LSU, Porter taught in the public school system. Porter taught for over 20 years while she served as president of Philadelphia Christian Academy. After retiring from teaching, the Porters opened an antique business called Attic Treasures. Today, Porter serves on the Board of Trustees at LC and has created a scholarship for academic excellence in memory of her parents.
Ann Miller Hyatt
Louisiana College is pleased to announce one of the recipients of the Distinguished Alumna Award as Elizabeth Ann Miller Hyatt. Hyatt began her ministry work in elementary school where she collected pennies to help build the Daddy Flowers Chapel at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe. Today, Hyatt serves on the Board of Trustees there.
Hyatt kept herself actively involved in ministry work throughout her college years, such as the Volunteer Mission Band, which gave her the opportunity to reach people out on the streets, and even in the local jail. She also participated in many on campus activities. Hyatt graduated from LC with special distinction in May 1948 and in 1949 she married her college sweetheart, Leon Hyatt, Jr. The couple both completely their studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where Ann earned a Master of Religious Education, and Leon earned his Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Theology. Hyatt helped start three mission churches, became active in WMU associational work, taught mission study books, trained mission workers and taught English as a second language to internationals. Hyatt also helped her husband open Main Street Baptist Mission Church in Pineville.
Hyatt has served as the wife of the President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention Language Missions Director and eventually as wife of the President of the LBC. The Hyatt family adopted and fully participated in the lives of four children. Hyatt remained a strong voice for her children and other Christian children in the schools.
From October 25-28, Louisiana College will be celebrating its annual homecoming festivities. This year, LC honors Tracy Gunter as a Distinguished Alumnus. After graduating from LC in 1989, Gunter received a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches in 1993. Gunter went on to found Rehab Pro, in 1999. Rehab Pro is a contract and rehabilitation company specializing in inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Gunter currently serves as President and CEO of Rehab Pro.
Gunter is also a co-founder and managing partner of Lifetime Wellness and Texas Sports Medicine. Both Lifetime Wellness and Texas Sports Medicine are devoted to athletic medical recovery with the latter focusing in college and professional athletes. In Tyler, Texas, Gunter served on the board for 4 years at Rose Heights Church of God, which he is still a member of. Gunter makes it a goal of his to focus of family entertainment and he became involved in investing in a faith-based movie called “Seven Days in Utopia,” starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black.
Gunter’s main focus however, is his wife Susan, and two children Trevor, 15, and Courtney, 13.