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Volume 69, Issue 79, Thursday, January 29, 2004


Family ties bind Golden, Rose to UH

Alumni return to University, sworn in as new UHS regents

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

At first glance, a 6-foot white man from Livingston and a 6-foot-5-inch black man from the Bahamas might not seem to have much in common.

But Dennis Golden and Lynden Rose have more in common than some might think.

Golden and Rose both left their hometowns to come to UH. Both came because the University offered very specific things they were interested in -- a top-notch optometry school for Golden and a top-notch basketball program for Rose.

Optometrist Dennis Golden of Carthage, left, and Houston attorney Lynden Rose, below, were sworn in as members of the UH System Board of Regents on Wednesday. Gov. Rick Perry appointed them to fill two of three vacant regent positions Jan. 2.

Nathan Lindstrom The Daily Cougar

Both men have become successful private businessmen, Golden as an optometrist in Carthage and Rose as a lawyer in Houston.

And both were sworn in as the newest members of the UH System Board of Regents in a ceremony Wednesday in the Athletic/Alumni Center.

Golden, an optometrist who got his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UH, was sworn in by J. Davis Armistead, a former regent for whom the building housing the College of Optometry is named.


"It is indeed a humbling experience to take the oath and become a regent," Golden said. "I remember 30 years ago when I left a small East Texas town and came to the big city and the University of Houston."

Golden spoke about his time at the University and said that in the few days he's spent on campus this week, he noticed that things have changed.

"There's a new spirit here that I wasn't expecting -- a spirit of cooperation, a deep-seated desire on every single person's part to take this university to a higher level."

Golden, a former president of the Texas Optometric Association, attended UH in the 1970s with his twin brother, Dixon.

Rose played for UH men's basketball head coach Guy V. Lewis and was a team captain on the "Phi Slama Jama" teams of the early 1980s before going on to become an attorney.

Rose opened his speech with a play on words: "What a 'Golden' day for 'Rose' to blossom," he said.

Rose also spoke about the honor he felt in becoming a regent at the system he, his brother and three sisters attended. Rose was sworn in by his brother Cecil, a UH alumnus and former Cougar basketball player.

Rose also spoke at great length about the importance of faith in his life, saying he intends to let his faith in God help guide him during his tenure as regent.

"People can say that Lynden was a great player, Lynden was a good lawyer, but I want them to say that Lynden gave his life to the Lord," Rose said.

Golden and Rose's first meeting with the full Board of Regents will be held Feb. 19 at UH-Victoria.

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