Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Auditorium at A&M-Kingsville to be Named In Honor of Professor Emeritus J. Talmer Peacock

KINGSVILLE - April 28, 2008

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

On Tuesday, May 6, Texas A&M University-Kingsville will honor professor emeritus of biology Dr. John Talmer Peacock by naming the auditorium in the Biology-Earth Sciences Building after him.

The university will host a dedication ceremony that day from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Founders’ Room, located in Lewis Hall on University Boulevard.

Peacock taught biology at A&M-Kingsville for 38 years. He served as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor over the years of 1955-1990. In addition, Peacock was biology chair from 1968-1976, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1977-1989. He retired in 1990, but continued teaching part-time until 1993.

In its request to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, A&M-Kingsville asked for the honor to recognize Peacock’s long-time commitment to the university.

Besides his years of teaching, that commitment included Peacock’s establishment of the Darline Sue and John Talmer Peacock Scholarship, which awards $1,000 scholarships to students majoring in biological and health sciences at A&M-Kingsville.

In addition, Peacock established the Doris L. (Corky) and J. Talmer Peacock Biology Support Fund. The earnings from this endowment go toward student and faculty research grants, visits from distinguished biologists to speak with students, and a full-time lectureship or chair position with the biological and health sciences department

Peacock has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Inc. since January 2002, where he presently serves as secretary-treasurer. He and his wife Corky also are members of the President’s Circle, a group of university donors that provide funds for numerous needs at the university, including student scholarships, general student support and faculty endeavors.

In addition to their work with the university, Peacock and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsville and volunteers at the Amistad Thrift Shop.

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