My alma-mater, Hardin-Simmons University has lost a legend and one of its most loyal alumna and supporters. Miss Aileen Culpepper or Miss Cul as she was known to generations of students served as dorm director for more than 40 years.

Miss Cul graduated from HSU in 1938 and returned to the 40 Acres in the mid 1940s as assistant to the dean of women. Miss Cul served as the dorm director for Beherns Hall, the freshmen women’s dorm for many years.

Miss Cul was more than just a director. She was mother, mentor, counselor and spiritual adviser to her girls. Miss Cul was known for the personal letters of encouragement that she wrote daily. In my desk I have one of those letters even though I never lived in her dorm. Miss Cul used to come into the housing office where I worked and impart words of wisdom and encouragement.

2 thoughts on “Remembering Miss Cul

  1. TY. It has been estimated that over 6,000 women lived in Miss Cul’s dorm during her 40+ years tenure as dorm director (dorm mom). That is just the number of residents, Miss Cul’s impacted more lives. She was also an active member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.


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