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In memory: Dr. A.A. Hyden

In memory: Dr. A.A. Hyden

725660Dr. A.A. Hyden, Honorary Alumnus ’89, passed away Jan. 19 in Waco. He served as academic dean and faculty member at UMHB from 1956 to 1970. His late wife, Marjorie Hyden, HA ’89, served as BSU (now BSM) director and in other capacities at UMHB.

Hyden was born on Dec. 11, 1919, in Groesbeck,Texas. He attended the University of Texas, where he also played on the basketball team. After two years, he was drafted into the Army and was a part of the Signal Corps. He worked in the Pentagon when it first opened and was then transferred to London to continue his work with the Signal Corps. He was in London when some of the most severe bombing occurred and was in Paris the night it was liberated from the German army. Honorably discharged on his birthday in 1945, A.A. returned to pursue his call to ministry at Baylor University.

He transferred to Wayland Baptist University to pastor a church in west Texas while he earned his bachelor’s degree in speech and religion in 1949. He went on to Southwestern Theological Seminary and received his B.D. in Theology, master’s in Christian Education, and his E.D. During that time, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Lee Barnett, and the two married in 1947, beginning their 59 years of love and life together.

A.A. worked for Buckner Children’s Home, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Baylor University from 1968 until his retirement in 1990, primarily in the role of Dean of Students. The Hydens spent their life blessing, loving, feeding, and pouring their lives into all of the children and students around them. A devoted member of Seventh & James Baptist Church since 1968, A.A. served in numerous capacities in the church and in 2011 was honored as the first Deacon Emeritus of the congregation.