McMurry Alumna Sara Graham Receives John Wesley Award

  Gary Ellison
  Friday, April 15, 2016 9:02 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

In recognition of her many years of service to McMurry University, alumna Sara Graham ’63 has been selected to receive the first ever John Wesley Award for exemplary service and giving to her alma mater. She received the award at the annual President’s Appreciation Reception on Thursday, April 14, in the Furr Welcome Center hosted by Dr. Sandra Harper.

Growing up as a daughter of a Methodist minister in the Rio Grande Conference, Graham learned firsthand the importance of higher education and the impact of giving back through her family and church.

Graham was able to attend McMurry on a Methodist scholarship with the backing of her family and her Bishop and she has always treasured the support that allowed her to complete her education.

“My life was enriched by the Christian atmosphere, the nurturing by professors and the safety of the campus,” said Graham.  “I made many friends and enjoyed belonging to T.I.P. social club.”

Sara has become the embodiment of support and service to the university she loves.  Her love of McMurry has been demonstrated many times over the years through actions, deeds and gifts.

After graduation, she and her husband Dr. Victor Hudman ’63 began the process of giving back to the University that gave so much to them with a donation of two pieces of property near the campus.

She continued supporting McMurry through the years, endowing two scholarships: The Reverend Richard and Sarah Herrera Hernandez Scholarship and the Sara Hernandez Hudman Graham Scholarship. Both are awarded to Hispanic women with preference given to Methodists and/or graduates of Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso.

In addition, she helped endow the T.I.P. Scholarship, is a loyal donor to the McMurry Fund, and is an enthusiastic supporter of athletics giving consistently to both women’s and men’s sports.   Carrying on the tradition of family giving, her children, Dr. E. Victor Hudman II ’92 and Linda Hudman Aldrich, established the Dr. Victor E. Hudman Memorial Science Scholarship.

Sara and her husband Paul Graham recently donated $1 million to McMurry University in support of its business program.  The gift was made in honor of Walter and Virginia Johnson, a particularly fitting tribute as Paul served as a director for 18 years at First Financial Bank where Walter was longtime president and chairman of the board.

“I am grateful that McMurry impacted my life and molded my future. I give because I have made McMurry a high priority and believe in McMurry’s mission and future.”


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