Supporters to be honored with WBU benefactor award 

February 12, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Mark and Linda Murdock of Lubbock will be honored with the Distinguished Benefactor Award by Wayland Baptist University during homecoming chapel slated for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

Longtime supporters of Wayland, the Murdocks have endowed two scholarships, including one that bears their name. Mrs. Murdock is a charter member of an insurance program that will greatly benefit Wayland, and they have given generously to other university projects as well, including the Laney Student Activities Center.

The Murdocks have been active members of Oakwood Baptist Church for 40 years, where he serves as interim church administrator.

A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Mr. Murdock graduated from Baylor University in 1963, playing varsity baseball for four years. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and served on active duty during the Vietnam War. Murdock completed a 37-year career in the food brokerage business in 1999, serving for 16 years as president of the West Texas-New Mexico Division of Cross Mark, Inc. and two terms as president of the Lubbock Food Brokers Association.

He served on various committees with the National Food Brokers Association, receiving Broker of the Year honors from several major companies including Campbell Soup, Vlasic Pickles, Johnson & Johnson, Quaker Oats, Chicken of the Sea, Clorox and Borden Foods.

He has served as deacon chair, trustees chair, Sunday school teacher and on numerous committees at Oakwood, including chairman of the building committee for the new worship center completed in 2005. Mr. Murdock has served as a Wayland trustee almost continuously since 1992 and was chair in 2000-01 after two years as vice chairman.

The former Linda May Moore is a graduate of Gladewater High School and received her BA in Elementary Education in 1963 from Baylor, where she twice was selected one of eight “Baylor Beauties” and officially represented the university. She earned a Master of Education degree from Texas Tech in 1980.

Mrs. Murdock taught elementary school for 17 years in Albuquerque, N.M., and Lubbock and has served as a children’s teacher and department Sunday school director for 35 years at Oakwood, where she also has served on numerous committees. She served for three years on the board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and on BGCT committees.

The Murdocks married June 1, 1963, in Gladewater. They have two children – Karen McMillan of Lubbock and Kyle Murdock of Midland – and five grandchildren.

The couple will receive their award at the traditional chapel service honoring all distinguished alumni for the homecoming year. The chapel is the kickoff for a two-day homecoming event which includes a banquet, luncheons, reunions for classes ending in zero, athletic events and Hall of Honor inductions, theatre productions, art shows and receptions.

For more information on WBU homecoming, call (806) 291-3603 or visit the Web site at