SAN MARCOS, Texas — Long-time San Marcos resident and Texas State faculty member Dr. Everette “Ev” Swinney died on March 1, 2017.
was born in Lima, on Sept. 9, 1933, the son of Everette and Louvetta
(Bostwick) Swinney. He spent his youth in Ada, where he married Donna
Trowbridge on Jan. 3, 1953. He earned his B.A. from Ohio Northern
University in 1955. After completing his M.A. at Penn State University
in 1957, the family moved to San Marcos, where Ev took a position as an
instructor of American History at Texas State University, then Southwest
Texas State Teachers College. He received his PhD at the University of
Texas in 1966.
His arrival at Texas State coincided with six decades of profound
change at the college. He was often involved in the transitions that
transformed a small teachers’ college into a doctoral-granting
university of almost 40,000 students. He served as a faculty member or
administrator under seven presidents from J. Garland Flowers to Denise
M. Trauth. During more than 40 years at Texas State, Ev rose through the
faculty ranks from Instructor to Professor of History in 1968. In
addition to being a member of the teaching faculty, Ev served as an
administrator, first as the chair of the History Department, 1967-1980,
and then as Special Assistant to President Jerome Supple, 1991-1993. His
colleagues elected him to the Faculty Senate, 1964-1967, 1981-1992, and
1993-1996, and in each term, he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate.
He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American history, and
his favorite course, A Study of Historians and Their Methods, was taken
by generations of students completing master’s degrees at the
university. His colleagues recognized his teaching accomplishments by
conferring on him the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and
the Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award. The Texas State
University System Board of Regents conferred on him the honorary title
Distinguished Professor History Emeritus.
Ev’s circles of friends included faculty colleagues, golfing buddies,
coffee-shop philosophers, and pool-hall cronies. These friends
cherished him as a mentor, a conscientious guide to newcomers to the
community or university, and a person who always took time to listen and
to provide suggestions.
He was especially proud of his affiliation with Texas State, and he
occasionally reminded friends that not only had he taught there but that
all of his immediate family had earned degrees there. This pride and
loyalty played a role in the establishment of the Everette and Donna
Swinney Faculty Development Fund.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter, Katy Clayton and husband
Charlie of San Marcos, Texas; daughter, Gretchen Gibson of Austin,
Texas; daughter, Suzanne Zavesky and husband Joey of Seguin, Texas; son,
Larry Swinney and wife Maria of San Marcos, Texas; grandchildren,
Quinton Clayton and wife Julie of San Marcos, Texas; Meredith Williams
and husband Bobby of San Marcos, Texas; Zachary Clayton and fiancée
Maureen Moffit of Lansing, Michigan; Connor Gibson of New York, New
York; Cameron and Tyler Gibson of Austin, Texas; Taylor Zavesky and
Stefan Schriewer of McQueeney, Texas; Amanda Ohrvall and husband Steven
of Charleston, South Carolina; Mariel Swinney and fiancé Blake Bagley of
Temple, Texas; Madelyn Swinney and husband Blain Bagley of San Marcos,
Texas; Mallory Swinney of College Station, Texas; great grandchildren,
Kendall Lee and Charlee June Clayton, Waylan Everette and Wiley Charles
Williams, and his beloved dog, Ziggy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Everette and Donna
Swinney Faculty Development Fund at Texas State University, 601
University Drive, JCK 480, San Marcos, TX 78666 or charity of one’s
Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 4 to 6 p.m.,
Sunday, March 5. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m.,
Monday, March 6, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel, with Ron Brown
officiating. Interment to follow at the San Marcos City Cemetery.
Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311, www.penningtonfuneralhome.com