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1963 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Abner V. McCall*

President Emeritus
Baylor University

"Most accomplishments are built upon skills in human relationships."

Abner McCall was only three when his father died. His mother farmed to provide for her four children, but when her health failed, the children were placed in a Masonic home and school. Young McCall graduated as valedictorian from the school and won a scholarship to Baylor University. Graduating from Baylor Law School at the top of his class, he took the Texas State Bar examination and scored the highest marks ever attained at that time. He and a classmate began a law practice with $200 in borrowed capital. When the business did not prosper, McCall accepted an offer to teach law at Baylor. During World War II, he served as a special agent for the FBI. Eventually, he returned to his law practice and to a teaching position at Baylor. He was appointed president of Baylor in 1961. Throughout his distinguished career, McCall actively participated in local, state, and national politics.

* Deceased