September 8, 1999
HSU honors O'Brien & Parks
___ABILENE--Two women with a long record of missions involvement among Southern Baptists will be honored in Hardin-Simmons University's Connally Missions Center, which is now under construction.
___The conference room in the new missions center will be named in honor of Dellanna West O'Brien, retiring executive director of Woman's Missionary Union, announced President Lanny Hall.
___O'Brien, a 1953 Hardin-Simmons graduate, is married to Bill O'Brien, former executive vice president of the SBC Foreign Mission Board and recently retired director of the Global Center at Samford University.
___The O'Briens are former missionaries to Indonesia.
___The missionaries-in-residence office in the new comples will bear the name of Helen Jean Bond Parks of Dallas. A 1948 Hardin-Simmons graduate and former missionary to Indonesia, Parks is married to Keith Parks, retired president of the SBC Foreign Mission Board and also retired global missions coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
___A son of the Parkses, Kent, and his wife, Erika, CBF missionaries assigned to an unreached people group in Asia, will be the first occupants of the missionaries-in-residence office in the missions center. During the l999-2000 school year, they are serving as the first CBF missionaries-in-residence at Hardin-Simmons.
___The missions center is a part of the university's three-year "Leadership for Tomorrow" campaign.
___The building will be named in honor of Virginia Boyd Connnally of Abilene and her late husband, Ed. She is a former university trustee and a current member of the board of development, a 1933 Hardin-Simmons graduate, a retired medical doctor and a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene.
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