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Jones, Helen Miller

  • 1899-1986

Helen Miller Jones was born in Waco, Texas in 1899, and was a graduate of Wellesley College. In 1922 she married William W. Cameron, heir to an extensive lumberyard business in Waco. The couple had one daughter, Flora Cameron Crichton (1925-2019). Following William's death in 1939, Helen moved to San Antonio, where she met and married Reverend Everett Jones (1902-1995) in 1940. She was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where her husband served as rector before being named Bishop of West Texas in 1943. Helen made a deep impact on San Antonio as a philanthropist, particularly supporting the San Antonio Art Institute. She was a president of Our Reading Club and the Fenwick Club. Helen Jones passed away following a long illness in 1986.



Tomas Rivera Center

The Tomás Rivera Center for Hispanic Studies, a national institute for policy issues, was the first national Latino think-tank with offices in Claremont, California and later San Antonio, Texas. Established in 1985, the center's mission was to improve public and corporate policies, specifically in education, affecting the "Mexican-origin and Latino population of the United States." The center conducted studies, compiled information, and produced publications. Work was carried out by researchers and scholars in universities. The center was named after one of its founders, Tomás Rivera, an alumnus of Southwest Texas State University, a novelist, and, at the time of his death chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Arturo Madrid was the founding president of the center. The center opened an office at Trinity University in the fall of 1988 and was housed in what is now the Alumni Relations and Development office on lower-campus. Ricardo Romo, history professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and later president of University of Texas, San Antonio, was executive director from 1987-1993. In 1993 Madrid joined the modern languages faculty at Trinity and became the Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, and served as the senior scholar of the center. The center closed operations at Trinity in 1996.

Hunter, Robert Ellis (1915-1968)

Robert Ellis Hunter was born August 5, 1915 to Omri J. Hunter and Daisy E. Wentworth. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Hunter received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College in 1948. In 1949, Hunter graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Master's degree in political science, and began his 19 year career as a professor of political science, with a focus on Latin America, at Trinity University.

Hunter began working towards his Ph.D in 1960 with the encouragement of Dean Marion Bruce Thomas. He followed Professor William S. Stokes, a mentor from Hunter’s time at Wisconsin, to Claremont Men’s College in California and completed his coursework in 1961. However, Hunter was unable to complete his dissertation on the political structure of Bolivia before returning to his department at Trinity. Hunter continued to study Bolivia in hopes of completing his doctoral dissertation, but it remained a work in progress.

Hunter served as the chair of the government department from 19-58-1959 and chair of the political science department from 1963-1965. In his time at Trinity, Hunter sponsored the Bengal Lancers fraternity, the Young Democrats, the Student Christian Association, the International Relations Club, Student Government, and presided over a men’s dormitory. As part of Trinity’s summer programming, Hunter led at least two Teens ‘N Twenties tours of South America. He was highly engaged with local and state politics and served on the Action for Community Development committee in San Antonio.

Robert E. Hunter died in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas.

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