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In the fall of 1997, October 6, a group of about 35 Georgetown citizens met to explore the topic of continuing education for Senior citizens in the Georgetown community. This group included persons from Sun City and also from the greater Georgetown area. Dr. Forest Hill of the LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature Persons) program at the University of Texas reviewed the activities of their program and Jack Kelly outlined the program offered by Senior University of Atlanta, Georgia.

In the next weeks, a steering committee began to form. Dr. Linda Watkins agreed to be the curriculum chairperson. Some persons from the first gatherings offered to teach classes; Linda asked others to give one hour lectures. Just two months later, on January 9, 1998, an orientation meeting was held to introduce the first classes/lectures for a series beginning in February, 1998. Over 200 persons were present to witness short presentations from Dr. Claude Proctor, “Cossacks, Icons and Caviar”; Bill Glass, “Great Books”; Jack Kelly “Great Decisions in Foreign Policy”; and Dr. Adam Blatner, “Psychological Literacy”. The class with Claude filled and had 75 persons on a wait list!! We split the “Great Decisions” group into three classes with Hugh Winn and Bill Meehan as additional leaders. “Great Books” quickly reached its limit and the “Psychology” class with Adam Blatner grew to 100+ persons. The minutes of the organization in early February showed an enrollment of 242 “students”. The first session began February 16, 1998, and ran for six weeks.

The plan was to have students attend a six-week class of their choice and for all to attend a weekly lecture series on diverse topics. Included in that first term were the following lectures:

  • “Sonnets of Shakespeare” by Dr. Walter Herbert
  • “Crime in Texas” by Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson
  • “Your Elected Officials” by Dr. Christine Smart
  • “Artists Who Painted Texas” by Marjorie Von Rosenberg
  • “Art and Architecture of Italy” by Betty Lemley
  • “From Hong Kong to Tiananmen Square” by Dr. Robert Hazelwood

Early organizational members included: Jack Kelly, Linda Watkins, Winnie Bowen, Adam Blatner, Jean Beall, Kay Cordi, Christine Smart, Bill Meehan, Hugh Winn, Bill Sawyer, Howard Parsonage, Jim Brown, Whitey Stephenson, Bill Rives, Ulie Alt, David Battershell and Claude Proctor.


Jack Kelly, President; Adam Blatner, Vice President; Christine Smart, Secretary; Winnie Bowen, Treasurer; Linda Watkins, Director of Programs; Kay Cordi, Registrar; Claude Proctor, Logo, Slogan; Hugh Winn, Chair Budget Committee; Ulie Alt.

We were off and running!! Our first “Free and Open to the Public” lecture was given by Dr. Bill Sawyer on “Biological Weapons and Warfare” on March 12, 1998. Another six week semester started only a few weeks later in April and a four week summer session at Southwestern University followed in July, 1998. The fall term offered additional locations at First Baptist Church in the daytime and First United Methodist Church in the evening. Senior University closed out a most SUCCESSFUL first year.


Gaz Green, President; Vic Figurelli, Vice-President; Winnie Bowen; Adam Blatner; Linda Watkins; Jo Roller; Claude Proctor; Shirley Sterling; Hugh Winn; Kay Cordi Submitted by Dr. Linda Watkins


Jack Kelly (deceased), Founding Board Member, President 1998
Gaz Green (deceased), President 1999, 2000, 2001
Vic Figurelli, President 2002, 2003, 2004
Bill Glass (deceased), President 2005
Bob Horick, President 2006
Stephen Benold, President 2007
Dwight Henn, President 2008
Mary K. Pierson, President 2009, 2010
Gwen Hauk, President 2011, 2012
Jerry Hobbs, President 2013, 2014
Vic Figurelli, President 2015
Paul Swetland, President 2016, 2017


Southwestern University,
Mundy Hall, Room 110
1310 Service Road
Georgetown, Texas 78626


Senior University
P.O. Box 488
Georgetown, Texas 78627


Phone: 512-819-7680