1973 Martha Gail (Clark) Dawes
Retired Teacher/Homemaker • Prince George, BC, Canada
On Campus 1972-1973 ∙ DipCS '73
Almost fifty years ago, a trip to visit friends in Vancouver turned into a year of study that has shaped my life ever since. Right now, I feel that I’m in a life-changing season as I grieve the loss of my best friend and husband, Harold Dawes (GradDipCS ’18), who died in October 2018 after about nine years of living well with cancer. I’m “bumping along” on a grief journey, but I’m privileged to have three out of four of our adult children living nearby, and regular visits with the fourth. In total, I have thirteen grandchildren aged 3 to 11 (nine boys, four girls)!
Most important lesson from Regent:
I learned that living a Christian life was more about God’s love and grace than the guilt and fear my home church had seemed to emphasize.
Only Regent people ...
... buy more books than will fit in their backpacks!
[More memories from Regent Bookstore below.]
More From Martha Gail
Journeys to and from Regent:
Before coming to Regent, I was a trained Home Economist teaching at an inner-city high school in Dallas, Texas. I was also volunteering with InterVarsity and thinking about joining the IVCF staff. Some good friends of mine, Bonnie and George Mallone, invited me to stay with them in Vancouver for the summer. Through them, I met Dr. Houston, and a couple conversations with him convinced me that a year at Regent College was just what I needed.
Harold and I met during my year at Regent (he was attending UBC), and we got married in 1974. After teaching for a few years in Vancouver, we moved to McBride, BC. Two more years and a lot of bear stories later, we moved to Prince George. Dallas to Vancouver to Prince George was quite a stretch for this southern girl! We put down roots in the community, and even joined “Friends of Regent College,” an interdenominational committee that brought Regent courses and a few professors to Prince George. More recently, we were able to lead two groups through the ReFrame course. (And now our daughter and her husband are using it with their young adult group.)
Harold and I enjoyed taking many summer courses over the years, finding them a rich time of stimulation, encouragement, and spiritual nurture. Harold completed his Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies in April 2018.
How Regent made a difference:
Regent was like a springboard for me: it was a new beginning that challenged my faith journey. I have often gone back to read and be encouraged by the verse that was attached to my Regent diploma in 1973: “... that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6).
I really enjoyed working in the Regent Bookstore, learning under the guidance of Ward Gasque. But would you believe the photocopy machine took up half our office space? Harold described it as the size of a small aircraft!
Fun facts about me:
1. I still have a Texas accent.
2. I once worked for Texas Parks & Wildlife, teaching people how to cook fish. I did short TV demonstrations on fish preparation, and even did a “How to Cook Fish” movie for use in the classroom!
3. I recently learned to snowshoe.
Three words that describe Regent:
Why I support Regent College today:
I continue to be deeply thankful for all that my Heavenly Father has done in my life, and for everything Regent has contributed to my personal story. When I made my decision to drive from Dallas to Vancouver, I had no idea how much my life would change!
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