Three distinguished Trinity graduates, who have had an impact on the University and their communities, recently held an informal reunion in Dallas.
Joining Al Hill Jr. ‘67 at his home were Trinity’s Director of Tennis Butch Newman ‘65, and John Cornyn ‘73, a Republican U.S. Senator from Texas.
Hill was a Tiger men’s tennis teammate, doubles partner and lifelong friend of Newman’s. The Dallas businessman later served as the longtime president of World Championship Tennis, which spearheaded the “open era” of the sport.
In addition, Hill issued a challenge grant in 2011 which renovated the former Varsity Tennis Stadium and Delavan Tennis Courts. The facilities were renamed the Al G. Hill Jr. Tennis Stadium, and the Butch Newman Tennis Center, respectively.
Hill and Cliff Buchholz ‘65, a 2005 Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame honoree, played a major role in the 1963 Wimbledon singles victory of the late Chuck McKinley ‘64. McKinley’s teammates hit two-on-one with the tennis legend, and “ran him from side to side for 30 to 45 minutes every day of the tournament.” McKinley was inducted posthumously into the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
Newman, was an All-American for the Tigers in 1963 and 1965. He still holds Trinity’s all-time singles record of 53-2. As a coach of Trinity’s tennis teams from 1986-2009, Newman guided the men’s and women’s squads to the NCAA Division III Championships in 2000. Newman was inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, while his championship teams earned the honor during the 2013 Alumni Weekend.
As a Trinity student, Cornyn, a friend of Hill’s, was a member of the Blue Key National, Chi Delta Tau fraternity, and the Student Council. Cornyn played intramural football, basketball, and racquetball. As a senior, he was chosen as Outstanding Intramural Athlete.
Cornyn was the recipient of the 2001 Trinity University Distinguished Alumnus Award.He was first elected to the Senate in 2002, and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General. Cornyn is the Senate Minority Whip of the 113th United States Congress.