First SWTJC enrollee had extraordinary life

The following is the first installment of a two-part story. It will be continued in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Talk about setting the bar high, Kenneth Towery, the first student to enroll in Southwest Texas Junior College back in 1946, is a hard act to follow. His life could be – and should be – developed into a movie.

Towery lived many different lives within the 93 years between his birth in 1923 in Mississippi until his death in Austin, Texas.

Perhaps becoming the first student in SWTJC history was an accident, but reviewing Towery’s life it seems every phase may have been predestined.

Even becoming SWTJC’s first student was more or less happenstance.


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