Services Scheduled For Former Waco Mayor, Philanthropist

Ted and Sue Getterman (center) and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr and his wife Alice with the Baylor softball team in 2011. (BU photo/file)

WACO (July 2, 2014) Services have been scheduled for former Waco Mayor Ted Getterman, a longtime businessman, philanthropist and Baylor University supporter, who died Tuesday at his home after a long illness.

He was 89.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church followed by private graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery.

Getterman, who graduated from Baylor in 1949 and the Baylor Law School in 1951, was president and owner of the Seven-Up Bottling Co. in Waco, Bryan in Austin.

He served two terms as mayor in 1976 and again in 1979.

Over the course of more than six decades, he and his wife Sue, whom he met at Baylor, made significant donations of time and money to both the university and the Waco community.

They were honored in 2000 as Waco Philanthropists of the Year by the Central Texas Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

They were instrumental in the creation of the Ted and Sue Getterman Wellness Center in conjunction with Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and made the largest donation in the history of Baylor women’s athletics, which resulted in the construction of Getterman Softball Stadium.

"Baylor Softball has lost one of its most loyal supporters,” said Baylor head softball coach Glenn Moore.

“We will forever be indebted to Ted and Sue Getterman for their generosity that has raised the bar in our sport, nationwide. Our prayers are with Mrs. Sue and the Getterman Family.”

The Gettermans also established scholarships at Baylor in business, music, education, religion and athletics.

Ted Getterman was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Hanmaker School of Business in 1998.

They received Baylor’s highest honor, the Founders Medal, in 2005.

“With his dear wife, Sue, at his side, Ted Getterman was a faithful, servant leader, generous with his time, resources and talent on behalf of Baylor University and the Waco community,” said Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr.

“Ted has left an indelible mark on the alma mater he loved and the city he adopted as his own. His is a legacy of love and devotion. And while the Baylor family mourns his passing, we will never forget his remarkable example of steadfast commitment to That Good Old Baylor Line.”

Services were pending Tuesday at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco.