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Richardson, Charles R(ay) 1935-

RICHARDSON, Charles R(ay) 1935-


Born September 19, 1935, in Gorman, TX; son of E. W. "Dub" (an oil and gas wholesaler) and Maxine Loyd (a teacher and food service worker; maiden name, Ketcham) Richardson; married Karin Kay Dean, July 24, 1964; children: Timothy Clark, Zachary Charles. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Howard Payne College (now University), B.S., 1958; Hardin-Simmons University, M.A., 1971; East Texas State University (now Texas A & M University, Commerce), M.S., 1977; Southern Baptist Seminaries, diploma (educational ministries), 1987; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, certificate (Christian studies), 1993. Religion: Baptist. Hobbies and other interests: The American presidency, photography, travel, inspirational and motivational books, family history.


Home—1465 Clinton St., Abilene, TX 79603. Office—Office of Media Relations, Hardin-Simmons University, Box 16212, Abilene, TX 79698. E-mail—[email protected].


Journalist, media director, and author. Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, TX, reporter, 1961, state and Sunday editor, religion editor, and staff writer, 1962-65; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, CA, editorial associate and director of news bureau, 1961-62; Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, director of media relations, 1965-67, 1968-73; 1982—. Correspondent, San Angelo Standard-Times, 1957-58, and Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1969-71. Texas Baptist Executive Board, Dallas, press representative, 1967-68; Abilene Citizens for Better Government, vice chairperson, 1972; Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas, assistant editor, 1973-76; Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Raleigh, assistant editor, 1976-82; vice president of Abilene Boys and Girls Club and Abilene Mental Health Association. Military service: U.S. Army, information specialist, 1958-1960; served in Japan.


Public Relations Society of America (chairperson of educational and cultural organizations section, 1994), Baptist Communications Association, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Abilene Southwest Rotary Club (president, 1996-97), Abilene Baptist Association (member of administrative council).


Inducted into Hall of Fame, Texas Baptist Public Relations Association, 1990; president's citation, Public Relations Society of America, 1994; Paul Harris fellow, Rotary International, 2000; journalism awards from Texas Baptist Public Relations Association and Baptist Public Relations Association.


True Servant Leader: James H. Landes, Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX), 2000.

Coeditor of Civil War Memories of A. M. Curry, 1988.

Contributor to periodicals, including Deacon, Christianity Today, Texas Outlook, California Southern Baptist, Sunday School Leadership, and Japan Times. Assistant editor, Baptist Standard, 1973-76, and Biblical Recorder, 1976-82.


Charles R. Richardson told CA: "Writing is an expression of communication to those in my community and the world. I enjoy meeting all kinds of people and having the opportunity for interviews which in some cases have been published. As a journalist, I've had the opportunity to work with several outstanding editors and reporters who have inspired me to be more precise in my own writing. True Servant Leader: James H. Landes was written because of my admiration of a truly outstanding Christian gentleman and leader. His life inspired me and others to strive to be better myself in my own vocation."

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