Changing the World for the Better
For its last Zoom service before returning to the santuary, Unitarian Fellowship of Houston veteran members Jimmy Dunne, John Haberman, and Gary Putnam outline their thoughts on steps everyone can take to make the world a better place.
Jimmy Dunne graduated from the University of Houston and in 1961 became a middle school math teacher in Houston schools. The schools used corporal punishment with wood paddles for the discipline of the students, and Jimmy disapproved. He started an organization titled People Opposed to Paddling Students or POPS to abolish it and testified several times before the Texas legislature. Jimmy is a Unitarian, a Humanist, and an atheist. He enjoys volunteering for good causes and writing letters to the editor.
John Haberman is a retired PhD industrial chemist with patents and publications from over 30 years of research with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Texaco in Houston, Texas. He spends his summers at the family farm in Nebraska and winters at his residence in Houston, with his wife of 59 years, Katy. They have been members of the Fellowship for 25 years, each serving a term as President, and have two daughters, Jill in Rosenberg, Texas and Gwen in London, UK with a grandson in London.
Our final speaker will be Gary Putnam and his family, Wisconsinites by birth and culture, joined UFH in the fall of 1983. For many years thereafter, the Putnams were highly involved in performances at UFH (Gary as Cellist and Pianist, Wendy as Violinist, and Dana as Cellist). Gary, a retired Professional Cellist, Recital Pianist, Conductor, Composer/Arranger, and Performance Teacher, has spent many of his retirement years in Community College Developmental Studies Teaching and Mentoring underprivileged, underperforming students.