Obituary: Carroll L. Webb Jr.

Carroll L. Webb Jr. of Waco, Baptist layman and Baylor University benefactor, died Aug. 13. He was 94.

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Carroll WebbCarroll L. Webb Jr. of Waco, Baptist layman and Baylor University benefactor, died Aug. 13. He was 94. Webb was born April 7, 1923, to Carroll L. Webb and Ottie Nowlin Webb in Vivian, La., but he spent most of his life in Dallas. After he graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas, he began his studies at Baylor University. Soon after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Webb left Baylor to enlist in military service. After training, he was commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade communications officer in the U.S. Navy. He was shipped to the Pacific to serve on a crew transport and saw the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was preparing to go to Japan when the war ended in 1945. Webb returned to Baylor to complete his accounting degree, played trumpet in the band and was a member of the Nose Brotherhood. He graduated in 1947 and joined the accounting firm of Haskins & Sells, now Deloitte & Touche, where he spent nearly 38 years before retiring as the managing partner of the company’s Dallas office. He and his first wife, Frances Rogers, were married 37 years before her death. Mutual friends at Park Cities Baptist Church—where he was a charter member—introduced him to Aline Groner, and they married in 1982. Before he retired, he served as chair of the finance committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The Webbs love for Baylor was so strong, they moved to Waco in 1992 to be more involved at their alma mater. They joined Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, served as chairman of the business school’s advisory board and established the Deloitte & Carroll Webb Accounting Scholarship in 1984. Most recently, the Webbs provided the funds for a classroom in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the new home of the Hankamer School of Business. The Webbs were Baylor Legacy Award honorees and members of the Athletic Director’s Hall of Honor. Webb was preceded in death by his first wife; his son, David Lawrence Webb; and his sister, Grace Moreau. He is survived by his wife; children, Carol, Russell and Catherine; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Douglas Webb.

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