Category: Announcements

Lydia Player & Dr. Ron Blair

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Lydia Helen Player and Dr. Ronald M. Blair were married July 7, 2017 in a private ceremony at the Old Course Hotel overlooking the Old Course and the North Sea in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The bride wore an elegant, hand-beaded gown with diamond jewelry. The bridal bouquet and wedding flowers were selected by the groom to coordinate with the Blair tartan and they included red roses, red peonies, purple delphinium and green bells of Ireland. In keeping with the customs of the land, the groom wore a kilt.

Bride and groom are both from Dallas. The bride is a graduate of Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas. Lydia is a title company marketing professional.

The groom is a graduate of Van High School in Van, Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio. He is a pediatrician at Forest Lane Pediatrics, a company he founded.

Following their wedding and golfing trip to St. Andrews and Glen Eagles Scotland, the couple have made their home in University Park.


Gardner – Crain

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Mr. and Mrs. Stan Gardner of Highland Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen Frances Gardner, to Peter Lacy Crain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bluford Walter Crain III of Houston.

The bride is the granddaughter of Dr. John L. Denman, the late Mrs. John (Patsy L.) Denman of Dallas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Gardner Jr. of Hamilton, Texas. The groom is the grandson of the late Mr. John L. McMahon and Mrs. John (Jean C.) McMahon of Wichita Falls, Texas and the late Mr. B.W. Crain Jr. and Mrs. B.W. (Ann) Crain Jr. of Longview, Texas.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications from TCU where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Helen works for Invesco in Houston. The groom is a graduate of St. John’s School in Houston. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Sewanee: University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Peter works for Wortham in Houston.

The couple will exchange vows March 10, 2018 at Park Cities Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at the Dallas Country Club.


Anne Brown Felder Sandifer

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Anne-WEBAnne Brown Felder Sandifer died unexpectedly on July 31, 2017 at 80 years of age in Arlington, Texas. Anne was born on August 3, 1936 in Dallas to William Davis Felder Jr. and Lucy Anne Brown Felder. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Davis Felder III; and her oldest son, William Jonathan Carlisle Sandifer.

She is survived by her children: Phillip Sandifer and wife Rene of Austin, Texas; Michael Sandifer and wife Corine of Nashville, Tenn.; Peggy Sandifer Henschel of Baltimore; Mary Sandifer Echols and husband Jack of Sanger, Texas from her marriage to Rev. Frank Riley Sandifer (deceased) of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Rachael Sandifer and wife Kelly Noonan of Arlington, Texas from her marriage to Robert Lampe (deceased); 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Anne lived a full life beginning her early years at the George Frierson School of Dance at 4 years old, enjoying her camping years at Camp Nagawicka in Delafield, Wisconsin, and playing piano recitals from the age of 6 at the Dallas Woman’s Forum. She graduated high school from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Calif. where she was equally active through the Glee Club, Altar Guild, Yearbook Staff, and Swim Club, after attending Highland Park and The Hockaday School in Dallas. She completed her education at Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City following studies at Southern Methodist University.

Affectionately known as Mom, Meemaw, Granny, and Granny/Grandma Anne, she leaves her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with memories of affirming conversations, beautifully written cards and letters of encouragement, gathering around the piano to sing, playing croquet, badminton and bridge, dancing in the kitchen and a selfless commitment to, and unwavering love of, her family. With a strong work ethic, she was tireless in seeking to provide for all and found the greatest joy when gathered with family. She was a woman of deep faith in Jesus Christ, who found peace in giving to others, gardening, reading, and baking. Her gifts of conversation, humor, stubborn nature, and love of genealogy are passed to her family along with her love of music, sports, and the ability to never meet a stranger.

Her life was celebrated Saturday, August 5th at 10:00 am at Greenland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas. Additionally, she will be celebrated in a private ceremony in Austin, Texas by family members unable to attend the initial gathering. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to Young Life of North Dallas, 11300 N. Central Expy. # 600, Dallas, TX 75243, which had a significant impact on some of her children’s lives and where she briefly worked in the 1970s.


Dick Clark III

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Dec. 15, 1944 - Aug. 8, 2017

Dick Clark was born curious. At age two, Dick asked his mother for a hammer, nails, and boards so that he could design and build a house. For the next seven decades, his childlike wonder only grew. He was hardly ever without a felt tip pen and scrap of paper, sketching ideas for his next project.

Austin’s “Godfather of Contemporary Architecture” was a Dallasite by birth and an Austinite by choice. After earning multiple degrees from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Dick’s trajectory as an architect and creative force never varied.

He began his career in Dallas in 1969 at Oglesby Group Architects, where he was mentored by Bud Oglesby, one of the foremost modernists in Texas. He then took a teaching position at The University of Tennessee and was assigned to lead the Nicaraguan Architecture Students Program in Managua. The Nicaraguan earthquake that decimated most of the city occurred just before Dick and his students arrived. While there, he started a cooperative banana plantation that gave small farmers a new outlet, but left just after the Sandinistas assumed government control.

After a stint of teaching in Denmark and running Sundesigns Architects in Aspen, Colorado, he returned to Austin 38 years ago to open his namesake firm, Dick Clark Architecture, now Dick Clark + Associates.

During his 45 years as an architect, Dick designed more than 1,000 projects, including 500 custom or spec homes; fostered more than 20 architectural firms; and won more than 70 awards, including the prestigious peer-sponsor and peer-selected title of Fellow from the AIA in 2013.

A driving force in creating the vibrant architectural community in Austin, Dick was not only known for his award-winning designs, he was recognized widely for his dedication to the next generation of architects. In 2008, he established the Dick Clark Student Travel Fund, providing gifted bachelor and master of architecture candidates funds for international travel. Dick became a member of the Goldsmith Society, a group of major donors at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. In 2013, Dick was a member of the search committee for the Architecture School’s new dean, Michelle Addington.

A trailblazer in his work, which took him to Africa, India, Central America, and the Caribbean, Dick was also an adventurer who took his big smile and charm to tribal cultures and indigenous people. He hiked over the Andes to Machu Picchu, bicycled in China, went on safari and beach vacations, sailed, and explored the world, visiting more than 80 countries in his lifetime.

Along with his passion for architecture and adventure was his love of golf. For years, he and his “Friends of Dick” would hit the links across the country, often attending Masters Golf Tournaments and ending the day in a fine restaurant.

Called the King of Restaurant Design by Texas Monthly, Dick didn’t go to restaurants only to eat; he went to see how people interacted with the architecture. He was a keen observer of human behavior, a trait that helped shape his distinctive designs. He thought of practicalities as well as aesthetics and was among the first architects to include hooks for women’s purses at bars and tables.

He was also among the first to offer interior design services in-house. Suzi Dunn, a longtime collaborator, started the firm’s interiors department so that Dick could take a project from concept through design and construction to interior finish and furnishings.

Dick’s big heart was reflected in his design projects empowering children, including his residential-style architecture for the Miracle Foundation’s orphanages in India and the Nobelity Project’s rainwater court in Mahiga, Kenya, that allowed students to pursue an education instead of haul water.

Though timeless, Dick’s designs exuded a sense of place. He infused private residences with a local and regional vernacular, often using limestone, stucco, and steel. His signature restaurant projects included 612 West, which won a national AIA award; Mezzaluna, Bitter End, The Grove, Maudie’s Milagro, Cafe Annie’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Austin, Capitol Brasserie, Chuy’s San Antonio, and Kenichi Dallas. Dick also designed spectacular contemporary resorts, hotels, and condos such as Lakeside and Lakecliff Golf Clubs, Lake Travis Retreat, South Congress Hotel, 5 Fifty Five Condos, and Sky View Condo at Nokonah. Among the firm’s latest projects are the Nelson Hotel and Bloom Restaurant and offices, part of the transformation of The Backyard performance venue and mixed-use development.

Dick was a charismatic, ever-sociable presence in Austin. He was the person who entered a room and immediately had a crowd of friends surround him. Surprising for a man who designed some of the area’s sleekest, most spectacular buildings, he favored casual attire of golf shirts and Levis. But no clients who met him ever doubted that their dream, empowered by Dick’s brilliance, would likely be featured in Architectural Digest one day.

Even though he was battling leukemia, Dick’s friends and family always figured that Dick would keep going forever, never missing an opportunity to travel the world, revel in new experiences, meet new people, and create ever more stunning designs. Even in the hospital only a few days before his death he designed his one and only sculptural fountain and red-lined a few current designs. He never stopped being the architect Dick Clark.

Dick passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dick is survived by his sister Diana Ximinia Clark, of Dallas; longtime friend and companion Sherry Matthews, of Austin; and his family at the firm: CEO Mark Vornberg, senior associates Kevin Gallaugher and Kim Power, and a staff of nearly 30 architects.

Survivors also include his second wife, Ulla Rasmussen, of Copenhagen, Denmark; step-siblings Neall Grinnan Rose, of Dallas; Peggy Grinnan Allen, of Waco; Lew Grinnan, of San Diego; and godchildren Irene Cunningham, of San Antonio; Preston Day, of Austin; and Kelsey Day, of Los Angeles.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dick Clark Jr., Susanna Saville Clark Grinnan, aunt Doris Clark Rhodes, all of Dallas; and first wife Kate McCarley, of Austin.

Special thanks to Dr. Naval Daver and his team at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Leukemia, Houston; Dr. Donald Counts, of Austin; Dr. J. Dudley Youman III, Texas Oncology, Austin; Dr. Mark R. Litzow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; and his many caregivers.

A public celebration of Dick’s life will be held the evening of Sunday, October 1 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin. Details will be announced. Donations may be made to support the research of Dr. Naval Daver in the Department of Leukemia at MD Anderson Cancer Center, https://gifts.mdanderson.org.


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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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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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.