"Loretta's leaving. These are nostalgic words for thousands of former students of Southern Methodist University who called her Mrs. Hawkins but cherished her as Loretta. For 36 years the assistant to the president of SMU was an awesome, yet understanding, kindly, helpful person.
No one appreciated her more than the cub reporter from the campus newspaper unless it was the editor, a seasoned veteran of two-plus years of college journalism, called on the carpet by the school’s authorities. Waiting nervously to face the medicine, cub and editor were made by Mrs. Hawkins to feel that it wasn't quite the end of the trail for them. It is noteworthy that the names and faces Mrs. Hawkins remembers best may be successful execs now, but not necessarily model students earlier.
Always, for many Mustangs as they sing their “Varsity,” one of the things that “towers o’er the hill” will be Loretta."