WACO (January 30, 2012)—Baylor University awarded its Baylor University Founders Medallion Monday to John and Marie Chiles of Dallas.
The award, established in 1969, recognizes those whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of the University, Baylor said.
“Just as the Founders of our great University set out to establish an institution that would ‘meet the needs of all the ages to come,’ the Chiles have faithfully sought to assist Baylor with her greatest needs,” said Baylor President Ken Starr.
“As you look across the breadth of all that Baylor represents, John and Marie have touched so many lives and, indeed, leave a lasting imprint upon that ever-developing Baylor story. We remain grateful for their enduring friendship.”
John H. Chiles earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1950 from Baylor and his juris doctorate in 1952 from Baylor Law School.
He served as Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, met and married Marie and after his discharge served as an attorney for Humble Oil and Refining Co., which later became ExxonMobil.
He retired as senior staff counsel in 1982.
Marie Chiles, a graduate of Chatham University, retired from the business world in 1960.
The. Chiles have been two of Baylor’s most loyal benefactors for decades, and their interests have stretched far across campus for more than 40 years, Baylor said.
“John and Marie Chiles are true founders of our modern-day Baylor, having shown remarkable fealty and generosity to Baylor over the many decades since John earned his degrees. As a team, they have made a tremendous impact on Baylor Law and the entire Baylor community,” said Brad Toben, dean of Baylor Law School.
“They indeed represent and live the ideals of the founders of Baylor University and have been unremitting in their efforts to help our students succeed and become Christian leaders.”