PARIS - Noting her numerous academic achievements and commitment to the community, Paris Junior College named the 1955 graduate this year’s honoree.
Ruth Ann (Jack) Stallings will be honored at the PJC Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon on November 3 at the Love Civic Center. In addition, an endowment has been established in her honor.
“Few women have done as much and been as successful and gone about it as quietly and humbly as Ruth Ann Stallings,” Dr. Anglin said in a statement this week. “This is our opportunity to recognize and honor Mrs. Stallings for her accomplishments.”
As a student, Stallings was involved in Phi Theta Kappa National Junior College Honor Society; Pen Chat Study Club, a literary organization; served as the assistant editor student newspaper, The Bat; played in the PJC Band; and was named as a Junior Business Woman, Student Council representative and Homecoming Queen. She also conducted many book reviews and devotionals.
In addition to her activities at PJC, Stallings worked for renowned Paris High School band directors Floyd and Irene Weger as office manager while earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Cum Laude, and teaching certificate from then East Texas State Teacher’s College at the age of 20.
A native Parisian, Stallings was the daughter of the late Ollie and Bertha Hudgens Jack, of Paris. She had two brothers, James, who is deceased, and Ollie Jr. and wife Gloria, who live in Dallas. She also has a ‘special sister’, Martha McGinty, who grew up as part of the Jack family.
Following her marriage to Gene ‘Bebes’ Stallings in 1956, she began her teaching career in the Bryan School District.
During their time in the Metroplex, Stallings served as president of the elementary, junior high and high school Parent-Teacher Associations and led the 15,000-20,000-member Richardson (TX) City Council of PTAs. She has served on the boards of and been active in the United Cerebral Palsy, American Heart Association, Mental Health Association, United Ways of Dallas and Tuscaloosa, Ala., Association of Retarded Citizens, University Pre-School, co-chaired the Tuscaloosa Association of Retarded Citizens Golf Tournament that raised over $600,000, and was a part of the Children’s Museum Board.
“Ruth Ann is the epitome of a servant leader,” said Dr. Anglin, “and Paris Junior College is proud to honor her as our 2012 Distinguished Alumna.”
For luncheon or endowment information, or to make reservations, contact Paris Junior College’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 903-782-0276 or www.parisjc.edu/alumni.