Alumni Updates

Dr. Margaret FarnworthDr. Margaret Farnworth, a former Associate and Acting Dean at Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice, died on Feb. 14 in Gainesville, Florida after a long battle with cancer.

Dr. Farnworth was Acting Dean at the College in 1998-99, replacing Timothy J. Flanagan. She served on the faculty of the College since 1989 and was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Administration in 1993. She retired from Sam Houston State University in 2000.

“She was soft spoken but was able to accomplish many things because her leadership was respected,” said Julia May, Associate Director of Communications for SHSU, who served as Dr. Farnworth’s assistant. “She had a special affection for the graduate students and gently encouraged them to reach their full potential. Although she was quiet most of the time in the office, she had a delightful wit and wonderful sense of humor.”

Dr. Farnworth received a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1981 and held academic positions at The University of Albany, State University of New York and at The University of Florida.

Dr. Farnworth enjoyed a national reputation for her research in the areas of juvenile delinquency and court processing, and also researched and wrote on the areas of social inequality and crime, and women and crime. During her distinguished career, she served as an associate editor of Justice Quarterly, on the board of editors of Women & Criminal Justice, and as editor or on editorial boards for the Journal of Social Pathology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Criminal Justice Research Bulletin, Journal of Criminal Justice Education and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Farnworth also chaired or served on a number of national professional association committees and SHSU and College of Criminal Justice committee.

“There have been three generations of faculty at the College – teachers, agency personnel and researchers,” said Dr. Jurg Gerber, a long-time criminal justice professor and friend. “She represents the beginning of the change to researchers. I admired her because she got into academia later in life.”

Dan Richard Beto, former Executive Director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, said Dr. Farnworth was very supportive of him during her tenure as Acting Dean.

“In addition to being a recognized scholar and a leader in criminal justice, she was a kind and caring person,” Beto said. “Her departure from this earth will leave a significant void.”

Those wishing to honor Dr. Farnworth’s memory may make a contribution to the Margaret Farnworth Graduate Scholarship, directed to the attention of Cutty Gilbert, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2296.

William Baughman (’71), a Sam Houston State Alumnus and a leader in the corrections field, passed away on Jan. 22 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 70.

After earning his Master’s degree from SHSU, Baughman went to work for the Georgia Department of Corrections, where he held many administrative and management positions before retiring in 2001. During his corrections career, he served as President of the Southern States Correctional Association and was one of the founders of the Georgia Correctional Association in which he served as its first President. He was also an active member of the American Correctional Association.

“He was the best liked, the best dressed and the most productive president at the Southern States Correctional Association,” said Jim Mabry of SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice. “He helped get scholarships for members, compiled an archival history for the first 25 years, arranged for awards for correction officers and parole officers to recognize their accomplishment and improved the bylaws and standard operating procedures. He made a lot of good things happen, and he made the association better by his presence.”

“He was a dear friend and I cherished that friendship,” Mabry added. “He was a perfectionist and very organized in his career and his life. He had a folder for everything.”

Baughman was a charter member of the Criminal Justice Alumni Association of the Sam Houston State University.

In the mid-sixties, and between his university pursuits, Baughman enlisted in the U.S. Army, entered OCS at Ft. Benning and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. He served as the commander of the post stockade at the Presidio of San Francisco.

Baughman is survived by his wife Jerrie, and their two children - daughter Alana and son James, as well two grandsons, Ethan and Elijah. Condolences can be sent to

Charles Edward Maberry
Charles Edward Maberry
SHSU Alumnus Charles Edward Maberry of Amarillo, who served as a Dallas police officer for 34 years, passed away on Feb. 3. He was 90 years old. He is survived by his daughter, Dalana Peterson and husband Lee of Amarillo and two grandchildren, Colt and Brittan Peterson, also of Amarillo.

Dr. Haril Walpole, a graduate of the Leadership Command College at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, was renamed Police Chief for the Memorial Villages Police Department. Walpole recent returned from a LEMIT sponsored trip to China representing American law enforcement executives.

Michael Kneese (BS '00/MS '02) recently won Officer of the Year at Bryan Police Department for the second time in five years. He previously was awarded the distinction in 2007. He has been an officer with the department since 2004.

Member of The Texas State University System