Category: Announcements

Anne Spitler

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anne_spitler_WEBMary Anne Dunlap Spitler passed away June 9, 2017, quietly in her sleep. She was born March 11, 1951, in Dallas to Dr. John Dunlap  and Marianne Touchstone; she had two older brothers, John North and Peter Mills Dunlap.

Growing up Anne loved animals; at an early age she was given a horse.  She mucked stables and took riding lessons, she became good enough to compete all over the country in equestrian events, her favorite being hunter and jumper.

In 1970, Anne graduated from Highland Park High School. Her sense of humor helped her make many lifelong friends.  She attended Stratfort College for Women in Danville, Virginia. While going to school,  she would fly back and forth to Dallas to attend parties for her and others making their debuts.  In the 1972-1973  debutante season, Anne was presented at the Idlewild and Terpsichorean Ball.  She transferred to the University of Arkansas, and pledged Pi Beta Phi.  Graduating and earning a BA.  She returned to Dallas, attended nursing school at El Centro College, and became an RN. She worked as a scrub nurse for several years.

She married Thom Spitler in 1980 and had two children, Hudson and Miller Spitler.  While raising the two boys she joined the Junior League of Dallas, and was a member of Slipper Club.

Anne was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and her son Hudson. She is survived by Thom and Miller Spitler.

A memorial will be held at a future date in Dallas.

Annemarie Mogck & Madison Gardner

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John Cain Photography


John Cain Photography

Annemarie Frances Mogck and John Madison Gardner joined hands and hearts in Holy Matrimony March 18, 2017 at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Reverend Brent Baker, assistant pastor, and Reverend Michael Flavin officiated the ceremony. Wedding guests enjoyed a reception at Arlington Hall, with music provided by Downtown Fever and a special performance by the groom’s grandfather on his clarinet. A rehearsal dinner, sponsored by the parents of the groom, was held on the eve of the wedding at the Sky Lobby of the Dallas Petroleum Club.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. Tim Mogck of Bellmawr, N.J. and Ms. Angela Reynolds of Hoboken, N.J. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Judith Reynolds and the late Mr. Alfred Reynolds of Dayton, Ohio and the late Mr. Edward Mogck and Mrs. Edward (Joan) Mogck of Bellmawr, N.J. The groom is the son of Mr. Stan Gardner and Mrs. Stan (Sara Lee) Gardner of Highland Park.  He is the grandson of Dr. John L. Denman and the late Mrs. John (Patsy) Denman of Highland Park and the late Mr. L. W. Gardner Jr. and Mrs. L. W. (Frances) Gardner Jr. of Hamilton, Texas.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father. Her A-line silk gown was designed by Reem Acra. It featured an embroidered pearl illusion bodice. Her cathedral-length veil was designed by Patti Flowers Design.

Assisting the bride as maid of honor was Brittany Clayton. Bridesmaids included Melissa Clift, Kamryn Hawrylak, Amanda Caldwell, Helen Gardner, Kelsey Jones, Chelsea Pickering, Laura Kirchhofer, Bridget Tansey, Emily Rosckes, Tanja Martin, and Haley Recer.

Attending the groom as best man was the groom’s first cousin, John Denman III. His groomsmen included Luke Gardner, James Skidmore, Drew Jolesch, Colin Perry, Ben Tipps, Wilson Waggoner, Chan Tysor, Kemp Gregory, Will Clayton, Stewart Swain, and Marshall Bowen. Serving as ushers were Mason Collar, Ryan Frater, Coleman Hemphill, and Zachary Newman. George Skidmore was the ring bearer.

The bride is a 2012 graduate of Oak Knoll High School in Summit N.J. She received a dual degree in Business Honors and Finance from Texas A&M, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.

The groom is a 2012 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a dual degree in Business Honors and Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

Following their honeymoon trip to the Maldives, the couple has made Lakewood their home.

Dan Beaird

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dan_beaird_obitDan L. Beaird saw Jesus face-to-face on July 7, 2017 after a four year battle with cancer, which he won!  He was born November 21, 1937 in Tyler, Texas. His parents were Bryant and Abbie Beaird.  They moved to Dallas and he enjoyed Bradfield, Highland Park Middle School, and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1955.  He was highly admired and known as "that nice Danny Beaird."  He married Martha Lou Hester in 1965 and they thoroughly enjoyed 52 years together.

At the University of Texas, Dan loved every aspect of campus life.  He cherished his friends in Delta Tau Delta all his life, and he was especially proud of his membership in the Texas Cowboys.

Dan worked very hard in his chosen field of commercial real estate brokerage.  He was known as the best land man with the highest level of integrity in Dallas County.  He was honored by his peers with the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. Dan served tirelessly the HPISD school board for nine years and on the board of the Dallas Country Club.

Dan's love for Christ was the primary motivation of his life.  With great love, he served Highland Park Presbyterian Church as Deacon, Elder, and Trustee and was honored to be elected Elder Emeritus.  For many years Martha Lou and Dan traveled the world on mission trips serving their King.  His greatest joy was to serve those in need, help in any way needed, and spread the Love of Christ.

He will be painfully missed by his wife Martha Lou, his children, Gayden and Chris Breckwoldt of Austin, Texas, and Ben and Meg Beaird of Dallas.  He would love for you to know his grandchildren Abby, Emma, and George Breckwoldt, and Bailey, Jack, and Dobson Beaird.  He loved them passionately.  He is also survived by his loving sister Sue Sullivan and her children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 4:00 Monday, July 10, 2017.  Please, in lieu of flowers, a gift to Highland Park Presbyterian Church Mission Fund or East West Ministries, 2001 W. Plano Pkwy, #300, Plano, TX 75075, would be greatly appreciated.

Alexandra Jennings & Daniel Cullins

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Thanos Asfis Photography


Thanos Asfis Photography

Susan Alexandra Jennings and Daniel McLean Cullins were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on May 28, 2017 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Father Peter Kostakis officiated the ceremony. A reception followed at the Dallas Country Club where guests enjoyed a seated dinner featuring Greek inspired cuisine and danced to music provided by both American and Greek bands. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at The Crescent Club on the eve of the wedding.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Albert Jennings of Highland Park. She is the granddaughter of Mr. John E. Stedman and the late Mrs. Betty Jean Stedman of North Kingstown, R.I. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Neal Jennings of Mabank, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark David Cullins of University Park. He is the grandson of Dr. Max Henry Faykus and the late Mrs. Martha Joe Faykus of Victoria, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. David B. Cullins, also of Victoria, Texas.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.  She wore a lace A-line gown with illusion neckline, lace train, and cap sleeves by Carolina Herrera. The Priscilla of Boston cathedral-length veil with lace appliqués was worn by her mother and sister at their weddings. The bride’s necklace was designed by the groom, using a diamond from her great-grandmother’s engagement ring.

Assisting the bride as Koumbara and matron of honor was her sister, Olivia Jennings Adendorff. Bridesmaids included the bride’s sister, Caroline Jennings Moran, and the groom’s sisters Madeline Cullins and Katherine Cullins. Among the members of the house party were Ashley Boswell, Melissa Clift, Amelia Giller, Blair Raggio, Elizabeth Robinson, Christina Rogers, Bailey Schaufele, Kristen Smith, and Olivia Trevino. The flower girl was Sophia Adendorff.

Attending the groom as best man was Ryan Miller. His groomsmen included Heath Townsend, Zach Streit, Brad Gordon, and Robert Crump. Serving as ushers were Josh Dunn, Daniel Lahrman, Danny Reddin, Deaver Alexander, Dan Moran, Justin Adendorff, Alexander Emmons, and John Foshee.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in art history, with Honors, from Vanderbilt University where she was a Chi Omega and named to the SEC Academic All American team for swimming. Alexandra is an associate with CBRE’s Advisory & Transaction Services.

The groom is a 2007 graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Vanderbilt University, where he was Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity president, and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Texas McComb’s School of Business. The groom is an associate at Tailwater Capital in Dallas.

Following their wedding trip to Kauai and Hawaii, the couple have made Dallas their home.

Sowell – Deutscher

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Mr. and Mrs. James E. Sowell of Dallas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Laine Sowell, to Layne Adair Deutscher Jr., son of Mrs. Emily Deutscher and Mr. Layne Deutscher Sr. of Dallas.

Laine is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in communication studies from the University of Texas.

Layne is also a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Georgia.

The couple will marry on June 24, 2017 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.


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Lindsey Weitzel Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Scott Frost and Mr. and Mrs. Esteban Huerta Gonzales of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Hays Frost, to Adam Jacob Castillo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven I. Castillo of El Paso, Texas.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in child development with a minor in Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Science in nursing, also from Vanderbilt University. Kelly is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The groom is a graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with a minor in business from Texas A & M University. Adam is an account manager for Hunton Trane.

The couple will exchange vows at Highland Park United Methodist Church on August 26, 2017 with a reception following at the Adolphus Hotel.

Larson – Emanuelson

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John Cain Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Hans Larson of Dallas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Larson, to Dwight Hillis Emanuelson III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Emanuelson Jr. of Highland Park.

The bride is a 2008 graduate of J. J. Pearce High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. Lindsey is an attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP.

The groom is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University. Hillis is Director of Marketing for Pearl Technology Holdings.

The couple will exchange vows at Church of the Incarnation on October 28, 2017 with a reception following at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Henry Gilchrist

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Henry-Gilchrist-WEBHenry Gilchrist, beloved family patriarch, true Texas gentleman, and dear friend and colleague to many, passed away peacefully at home and into the loving arms of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 6, 2017.

Born in Austin, Texas, on November 6, 1924, Henry moved to College Station in 1937, when his father, Gibb Gilchrist was named Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M.  Henry graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 1942, and entered A&M, where his father was President (later becoming the first Chancellor of the A&M system).

Following service in the Army during World War II, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M, Class of ’46, followed by law school at the University of Texas. During law school, Henry served as Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review, and was a member of Chancellors and Order of the Coif. He graduated with honors in 1950.

Henry met the love of his life, Pat Lynch, during her early college days at the University of Texas.  They married in 1951. Pat and Henry spent one year in Pampa, Texas, where he was practicing law, but Dallas beckoned.

In 1952, he joined Jenkens & Bowen, where he ultimately became the principal attorney for the Murchison family. Henry represented the Dallas Cowboys Football Club for 25 years and was lead attorney for the construction of Texas Stadium.  He served as partner of Jenkens & Gilchrist Law Firm for almost 50 years.  The Dallas office of Jenkens & Gilchrist was acquired by Hunton & Williams in 2007.  Henry retired at age 91 in 2016.  Hunton & Williams honored him, naming the conference area, the “Henry Gilchrist Conference Center.”  The Texas Bar Foundation awarded him the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award in 2010, often described as the most prestigious statewide honor to Texas attorneys who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.  Henry also received the Dallas Bar Association’s Justinian Award in 1995, the Aggie Lawyer of the Year in 2003, and was included in the Best Lawyers in America, 1990 – 2010.

A lifelong Methodist and active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, his committee memberships included the Church Building committee for the Wallace Building and the church expansion.  He also enjoyed serving as Trustee of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, which awards 900 scholarships annually.

An innovative thinker, with a keen intellect and quick wit, Henry set the tone for Jenkens & Gilchrist as a place of excellence, hard work, and professionalism, while still fostering a caring camaraderie and sense of fun.

Henry valued civic involvement, serving in various leadership roles with the Central Dallas Association, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, Dallas County Heritage Society, Dallas World Salute, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Historical Society, Visiting Nurses Association,Park Cities Historical Society, Northwood University Texas Board of Governors, Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Executive Board of the School of Engineering at SMU; and at Texas A&M: the College of Liberal Arts Development Council, Board of Trustees of Private Enterprise Research Center and George Bush School of Government and Public Service Development Council.  In 2011, Henry was a member of the Dallas Super Bowl XLV Committee.

For all the accolades, Henry, always a gentleman, never once spoke of his accomplishments, perhaps taking heed to his father’s wise words (using a family-favorite train analogy), “Don’t use all your steam on your whistle.”

Preceded in death by his parents, Vesta Weaver and Gibb Gilchrist, and wife Pat.  He is survived by his son Tom Gilchrist and wife, Jennie, and grandchildren John and Mary Eleanor Gilchrist; his daughter Terri and her husband Chester Plauche; sister-in-law Carole and her husband Billy Bates, and their children Larry and his wife Andrea, Laura and her husband DeWayne Hodge, and their families.

Henry is also survived by a wealth of friends and colleagues who admired his integrity, humility, generosity, and thoughtfulness. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

The Gilchrist family expresses their sincere gratitude to Henry’s faithful and loving caregivers in his later years: Margaret Oti-Nkrumah, Dee Myers, Cynthia and Jim Roberts ,Mary Boro and Ken Lawber. A special thanks to Terry Stolte, his devoted administrative assistant since 2004; loyal family employees Eugene Adanse and Luisa Cabrera; and steadfast friend Mike Kelley.

A service celebrating Henry’s life will be held in the sanctuary at Highland Park United Methodist Church (3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX, 75205) on Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

If desired, and in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: HPUMC c/o Wesleyan Fellowship Class Benevolence Fund, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX, 75205; or the Dean’s Scholarship Excellence Fund at The University of Texas School of Law, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705; or the Texas A & M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX, 77840, in support of the MSC Enrichment Fund (0457003); or the charity of your choice.

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22


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Laura Murray Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Joseph Harding Jr. of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Julia Elizabeth Harding, to Brian Scott Woidneck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Dean Woidneck of Brea, California.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. Julie is an executive director at JPMorgan Chase.

The groom is a graduate of Brea Olinda High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in real estate finance and development from the University of Southern California. Brian is co-founder and principal of StoneHawk Capital Partners.

The couple was engaged in October 2016 and plan to exchange vows on June 17, 2017 at  the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colo.