in Abilene, Texas, at the end of World War II, Sarah Ragle Weddington
is the daughter of Lena Catherine and Rev. Herbert Doyle Ragle.
Her father was a Navy chaplain serving on a troop transport
ship in the Pacific at the time of her birth.
Rev. Ragle's return from the Pacific, he taught religion and
served as chaplain at McMurry College (now McMurry University),
a small Methodist-affiliated institution in Abilene. He later
served as a Methodist pastor in West Texas towns including Munday,
Canyon, Vernon and Lubbock. The Methodist tradition of moving
pastors about every four years helped to build strength and
flexibility into Sarah's character.
graduated from McMurry and taught in Gorman, Texas, where she
was also the women's high school basketball coach. After marrying,
she had three children and was a devoted pastor's wife. In later
years she received her Master's degree in Business Education from
West Texas State University and taught at several business colleges.
of Sarah's later activities were evident in her early years. She
loved to read and study. Those habits helped her accelerate her
studies to finish high school when she was 16, graduate from college
when she was 19, and finish The University of Texas School of Law
in 27 months at the age of 21. She considers herself a lifelong
learner and enjoys teaching and exploring new subjects.
to be one of Sarah's favorite hobbies. She has traveled extensively
in the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada,
Mexico, Central and South America, New Zealand, and Australia.
was enamored of a variety of modes of transportation
and was always eager to travel.
communication skills at an early age. She often performed in
choral groups and participated in a variety of drama and speech
started practicing her communication skills when she was
young, including singing for the McMurry College Christmas
program with an audience of more than 2,000.
leadership in a variety of positions. She was the President of
the Methodist Youth Fellowship and the President of the Canyon
High School Future Homemakers of America while in high school.
She was elected secretary of the student body of McMurry College
and secretary of her first year law class at The University of
Texas at Austin.
continues to perfect her leadership skills and to impart her
knowledge and wisdom to others. When teaching leadership skills,
she emphasizes the principle of practicing those skills. Her
true core combines the various aspects that people see within
her: public servant, accomplished trial lawyer, dedicated
champion of women, teacher, writer, principled leader, and