Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Distinguished Alumni Recipients


Distinguished Alumni

Alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional and civic accomplishments and who have brought special honor to the university through service and support are nominated by fellow alumni to receive the annual Distinguished Alumni Award. A committee, composed of faculty, staff, and BOARD MEMBERS, screens the nominations and makes recommendations to the Association's Board of Directors. Recipients are honored at Homecoming each fall.

Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&I/Texas A&M University-Kingsville:

2013

  • Rep. Mark Hamilton '78, Cummings, GA
  • Gloria Hicks '70, Corpus Christi, TX 
  • Abel Lopez '72, Washington. DC 
  • Balous Miller '66, San Antonio, TX 

2012

  • Dr. Arturo Almendarez '72, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Eugene Dawson, Jr., P.E. '82, San Antonio, TX
  • Carl Paul '63, Austin, TX
  • Robert J. Underbrink '83, Houston, TX
  • Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez '76, Harlingen, TX
2011
  • Dr. Roger Campos '81, San Antonio, TX
  • Judge Theresa Chang '81, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Jaime Chahin '74, Austin, TX

2010

  • Col. (Ret.) Edward J. Preston, Jr. '62, Kingsville, TX
  • Janell Kleberg '74, Kingsville, TX

2009

  • Randall A. Odom '57, San Antonio, TX
  • Dr. Demarious Keller Frey, DVM '59, Corpus Christi, TX

2008

  • Herbie Maurer '64, President of Maurer Advisory and Consultant Service Inc, Friendswood, TX
  • Jean Claire Turcotte '58,'86, Retired Principal of St. Gertrude Catholic School, Kingsville, TX 

2007

  • Dr. D. Lynn Drawe '64, Director of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, Sinton, TX
  • Stevens G. Herbst '58, President of Rainbow Investments Company, Corpus Christi, TX
  • John P. Jackson '73, '75, Vice President for Morgan Stanley, Rockport, TX
  • Hugh M. Morrison, '69, Former President and CEO of Pilgrim Cleaners; Chairman of the Board of Advanced Nueromodulation Systems, Inc., Houston, TX
  • Allen J. Tarbutton, Jr. '61, Retired President of Mitchell Gas Services, LLP, The Woodlands, TX

2006 

  • Rodney A. Klett '65 Retired Texas Band Director & Coordinator of Georgetown High School
  • Hector Farias, Jr. '61 '65 Chairman of the Board of Farias & Farias, Inc. International Trade Firm-Customhouse Brokerage, Warehousing, Freight Forwarding & Distribution

2005

  • Al Gonzalez '65 Chairman & CEO of Age Refining, Inc.
  • Miguel A. Nevarez '61 Executive Directorship of University of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory
  • Richard A. Nevill '42 Retired Vice President of Houston Pipe Line Co. Pipe Line Operations- DECEASED

2004

  • Joe Henkel '69 President & CEO of Kleberg First National Bank
  • Wayne King '59 Retired Senior Vice President-Valero Energy Corp.
  • Eliseo "Cheo" Torres '69 '71 '76 Vice Pres. for Student Affairs at the Univ. of New Mexico

2003

  • Carlos Guerra '69 Columnist - DECEASED
  • Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez '73 Commander of the U.S. Army's V Corps
  • Merle Muckleroy '58 Retired President of Camco Products & Services - DECEASED

2002

  • Dr. L. E. Ramey ’42 Retired Medical Doctor - DECEASED
  • Sen. Carlos Truan ’59 State Senator (D-Corpus Christi) - DECEASED

2001

  • Irma Rangel '52 Representative, Texas Legislature - DECEASED

2000

  • Mr. Thomas V. Shockley, III '67 Vice Chairman, Central and Southwest Corporation

1999

  • Dr. Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas '69 Superintendent of Schools - Beaumont

1998

  • Albert Huerta, '66, '68, Attorney

1997

  • Amado Pena '65, '71, Artist

1996

  • Cynthia K. Gilliam '74,Vice President of Retail Customer Operations, Nevada Power Co.

1995

  • I. Q. Vidaurri '67, Dean of Students-Texas A&M University-Kingsville - DECEASED

1994

  • William C. "Bill" English '49, Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Affairs, University System of South Texas - DECEASED

1993

  • Ed DeMouche '49, Sr. Vice President, Entex Inc. - DECEASED

1992

  • J. E. Turner '35, Dean of Men, Texas A&I University - DECEASED

1991

  • J. Philip McCormick '64, Sr. Vice President, Lone Star Gas Company

1990

  • R. Boyd Ladd '35, Consultant, National Associations

1989

  • John N. Lauer '69, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, B. F. Goodrich Co.

1988

  • Robert F. "Hawk" Wright '56, President and Chief Operating Officer, Amerada Hess Corporation

1987

  • B. Finley Vinson '37, Chairman Emeritus, First Commercial Corporation in Arkansas

1986

  • William K. Bell '50, Attorney & Former President of the Oklahoma Bar Association - DECEASED

1985

  • A. M. Wiederkehr '47, President & Founder, Supron Energy - DECEASED

1984

  • Donald W. Partrick, M.D. '58, Neurosurgeon

1983

  • William D. Stevens '58, President, Exxon Co., U.S.A.

1982

  • John S. Gillett '34, Superintendent of Schools, Kingsville ISD - DECEASED

1981

  • Edward N. Wheeler '47, Vice President R & D, Celanese Chemical Co.-DECEASED

1980

  • Preston Doughty '35, President & Founder, Citizens Standard Life Insurance Co.

1979

  • George F. Rhodes '50, Attorney & Former Texas A&I Regent - DECEASED

1978

  • Lawrence A. McNeil '48, Partner, Corpus Christi Oil & Gas - DECEASED

1977

  • Cecil E. Burney '33, Attorney & Political Activist - DECEASED

1976

  • Bruce M. Withers '50, Divisional President, Mitchell Energy & Development - DECEASED

1975

  • Lola L. Bonner '53, Attorney & Former Chairman Texas Democratic Party - DECEASED

1974

  • E. C. Weekley '43, Executive Director, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - DECEASED

1973

  • Gilbert E. Steinke '42, Legendary Football Coach - DECEASED

1972

  • James A. Rickard '48, Vice President, BP Exploration

1971

  • Claude Kay Ballard '34, President Columbia Nitrogen Corp. - DECEASED

1970

  • Herschel H. Cudd '33, President, Amoco Chemical Company - DECEASED

1969

  • Joseph J. Trevino, M.D. '50, Physician, Psychiatrist & State Health Official
  • Charles C. Cumberland '36, Dist. Professor, Princeton, Rutgers, Michigan State - DECEASED

1968

  • Robert L. Mitchell '43, Vice Chairman, Celanese Corp., Deceased - DECEASED

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