Members of the John Harold Shannon, Sr., family dedicated an endowed scholarship in his memory to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor this week.
Mrs. Pat Shannon, long-time resident of Killeen, and her children and grandchildren chose to honor the memory of her late husband, John Harold Shannon, Sr., by providing an endowed scholarship. Mrs. Shannon, a 1953 graduate of the university and current trustee, said it was an honor to provide for future students of the university in this manner.
“John loved UMHB, and I am so pleased that we will be able to help students attend this wonderful university through this scholarship,” said Shannon.
A plaque was dedicated commemorating the event on Jan. 12 in the Shannon Commons building on campus. The commons building of the Independence apartment complex is named for John H. Shannon, Sr., honorary member of the UMHB Alumni Association and great champion of the university.
John served in the United States Navy prior to graduating from Baylor University. While attending First Baptist Church, Belton, he met his future wife, Pat Lockridge, a student at Mary Hardin-Baylor College, Class of 1953.
Prior to retirement, John was an accountant in civil service for the U.S. Army for 30 years at Fort Hood, Texas; Orleans, France; and Mannheim and Bremerhaven, Germany. An active member of First Baptist Church in Killeen, he was a teacher, Sunday School superintendent and chairman of the deacons. Always supportive of his wife’s involvement in UMHB activities, he surprised her in October 1997 by establishing an endowed scholarship in her name.
The Shannon family includes three children: son John H. Shannon, Jr.; son Patrick and his wife, Judy Shannon; daughter Patsy and her husband, Donald Deere; and five grandsons. John passed away in 2001.