Obituaries

Eddie Mae Hogg Woodward was a rancher and a local historian. She was interested in writing local and regional history and had published an article in The Permian Historical Annual. She was elected to the PHS Board of Directors and was appointed to the Editorial Board at the time of the automobile crash that ended her husband’s life and eventually her own.

She was also active in community and civic affairs. Her family, the community, and Permian Historical Society lost a good member and a kind friend with the passing of Eddie Mae.

Barney C. McCasland graduated from Texas Technological College in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He worked in the oil industry as a pipeliner, seismographer, and marine geologist with Cities Service and a consulting geologist to various oil and mining concerns.

Barney greatly appreciated life — in the present and the past. He was an active member of West Texas Geological Society and of Permian Historical Society. He is remembered for his inquiring mind and his friendly manner.

Noble Hall Smith was born and grew up at Granbury, Texas. She was a schoolteacher, band director, and private piano teacher in Crockett County in 1925, when she married rancher Elton Smith. She played the piano and coronet in the Lucky Strike Lady Band and for Lawrence Welk, when he came to San Angelo and to Rankin County Club in the 1920s and 1930s. Noble was always interested in history as a member of Texas Historical Commission, Texas Archaeological Association, and Texas Museum Association.

She was a strong supporter of Permian Historical Society, serving on the Board of Directors for many years and driving hundreds of miles to attend meetings. Noble lived in Van Horn, Texas, and is remembered by all who ever met her as a dear friend and an interesting woman.

Betty Wingate Orbeck organized Ector County Historical Survey Committee in 1958 and was co-founder of Permian Historical Society, serving as its executive vice president from 1958 to 1962 and as its archivist until 1978. She worked eight years as research assistant for Dr. Samuel D. Myres as he wrote a two-volume petroleum history of the Permian Basin.

She was the first archivist at Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame and remained in that position from 1976 until retirement. She was a local historian who was always willing to help researchers.

Warren Gardner was a native of Kansas, where he was educated at Sterling College, Emporia State University, and University of Kansas at Lawrence (PhD, History). He came to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1983 to serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1996 he returned to the history classroom and reestablished his reputation as a master professor, winning the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2003. He also served as the Interim Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute.

He was president of Permian Historical Society in the 1980s and editor of The Permian Historical Annual for many years. He was winner of the PHS Distinguished Service Award in 2003. He was a kind friend, an outstanding professor, and a careful editor.

Lloyd Frederick Stoebner was a native of Milan County, Texas, and a longtime member of the Permian Historical Society. His home was in Cameron, Milan County, Texas. He died 6 November 2006.