J. Howard Hooper
Monday, June 21, 2010
J. Howard Hooper '37, came to Centenary from Bastrop High School to play during Centenary's Glory Years of Football and graduated with a BA in History in 1937. "Hoop" was rated as one of the best pass receivers in the South, because of his "great sense of timing" on the field.  One of his claims to fame is the intercepted pass that he ran 53 yards for a touchdown against the rivaled Texas A& M Aggies in 1934.  The Centenary Gentlemen went on to win the game 13 - 0!  An all-around athlete, he was a three year letterman in football and basketball and served as captain of both teams during the 1936-37 season.  Hooper, a retired, independent oil and gas man, was married to the late Annelle Hutchinson Hooper '38, who was Homecoming Queen, making them a quintessential Centenary Sweetheart couple.