Gene Dillard is a native of Bartlett. He attended Baylor University, received a bachelors degree in art from the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in fine art from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In addition to a lifelong pursuit of fine art and painting, he engaged in a long career with major advertising agencies.
Gene’s mother attended UMHB in the 1920s. His two sisters graduated with degrees in music in the ‘50s and ‘60s. His wife’s sister also attended UMHB.
Doug Dillard is a native of Temple. He graduated from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He collected many honors as a pioneer in church public relations and communications, but is best known for his “Brother Blotz” cartoons and 30 years as the editoral cartoonist for the Baptist Standard.
He returned to his Bell County roots in 2007 to marry JoAn Musick-Dillard 72 years after she turned down his first proposal when they were five-year-old neighbors. JoAn, a longtime Trustee and benefactor of UMHB, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 1995.
He met his future wife, Camille Munk, on a blind date at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor while working for a Temple architect. They married a year later. Camille received her degree from UMHB and has been an active alumna since her graduation. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees.