HCU Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Linda Dunham

HCU celebrates the life and legacy of Linda Dunham who passed away on April 21, 2023, at the age of 82. Mrs. Dunham, and her husband, Archie W. Dunham, have made a significant impact on the life of HCU through the years.

The couple’s generosity and support have left a mark on the landscape of HCU in significant ways, including the establishment of the Linda and Archie Dunham Theater, the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, Dunham Bible Museum and Dunham Field.

HCU President Robert Sloan described Mrs. Dunham as “one of the kindest, most gracious Christian women any of us could ever have been blessed to meet and know.”

“Her partnership in all the successes of Archie Dunham were known and evident to all. And her loving way of raising and nurturing her children and grandchildren has left an enduring testimony to the power, strength and influence of a Christian woman. She will be greatly missed, but we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We share with Linda a faith in the Lord Jesus, in whose presence she lives already in Paradise,” said Dr. Sloan.

Linda Dunham was an active member of The Guild and was described by members as “a Martha and a Mary … a woman of strong faith and a wonderful prayer warrior for many, as well as a do-er. She worked tirelessly alongside her husband and her family to help others in need.”

An Endowed Scholarship was established in Mrs. Dunham’s name by The Archie Dunham family. The School of Nursing will be named the “Linda Dunham School of Nursing” in her honor and the new nursing complex being constructed at Houston Christian University will be named the “Dunham Family Nursing Center” in the family’s honor.

The Dunhams were recognized in 2019 as HCU’s “Family of the Year” for their faith, integrity, generosity and service to God’s Kingdom. Their family includes Steven Dunham, Laura Shook, and Cary Dunham ’93 and his wife, Jess Rogers Dunham ’00, MEd ’02, both alumni of HCU.