L. Ray Whiteside
|Abilene Christian University
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Whiteside was born May 20, 1930, in Childress, Texas, and graduated there from Kirkland High School in 1947. He was a member of Alpha Chi and worked in The Grill while a student at ACU, and wed Betty Tomkins in the parlor of McKinzie Hall on March 10, 1951. Betty had moved to Abilene from London, England, to help a sister rear her children, and the couple met while volunteering in bus ministry at the North Park Church of Christ.
He was a teacher in a one-room public school in Illinois from 1949-50 and a neuropsychiatric technician in the U.S. Army Medical Service from 1953-55.
Whiteside served as ACU’s assistant registrar (1955-61) and became an instructor of education and psychology in 1957, the same year he earned a M.Ed. in secondary education from Abilene Christian. After earning his doctorate in developmental/social psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1964, he returned to Abilene as an assistant professor of education and psychology, and director of the Computer Center.
In 1966 he became an associate professor of psychology and in 1970 a full professor who was also chair of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, and director of psychological services. Whiteside remained in those roles until 1977, when he asked to return to full-time teaching and counseling. He retired in 1996, serving in multiple meritus roles, until passing Dec. 24, 2022, in Abilene, Texas, at age 92.