By Sarah Goff
On behalf of Union University’s Class of 1963, class members John Adams and Roy Jones presented a Proclamation to Hyran Barefoot on July 10 making him an honorary member of the Class of ’63. Barefoot served Union in various positions, including as the university’s 14th president, for nearly 40 years before retiring in 1996.
The reason behind this proclamation is “just out of love and appreciation to Dr. Barefoot, out of love and appreciation for Dr. Barefoot. We wanted to do something that would express that,” said Adams, who served for almost 19 years as Union’s vice president for religious affairs and special assistant to former President David S. Dockery, as well as a Union trustee for five years.
The Class of 1963 will also place a brick with an inscription about Barefoot at Union’s fountain area, “The Circle,” near where the class’ own inscribed bricks reside. Upon his retirement, Barefoot and his wife, Joyce, were also presented with the Honorary Alumnus Award. The Class of ’63 has been an active and involved Union alumni group, said Teresa Rosson, assistant director for alumni and annual fund.
“Truly they are an exceptional class,” she said.
Their gifts to Union have included building the fountain area on their 25th class reunion, providing the flag poles at the Pleasant Plains entrance on their 50th reunion and presenting the university with an $100,000 check for student scholarships in 2019. Adams said Barefoot supported and contributed to all of those projects.
The Class of ’63 also recently implemented a prayer group program that assigns class members to check on their classmates on a monthly basis and accumulate a list of prayer requests to send to the whole group.
“What a perfect example of our core values — Christ-centered and people focused,” Rosson said.