List of Texas A&M University people

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The list of Texas A&M University people includes notable alumni, faculty, and affiliates of Texas A&M University. The term Texas Aggie, which comes from Texas A&M's history as an agricultural school, refers to students and alumni of Texas A&M. The class year of each alumnus indicates the projected undergraduate degree award year designation although the actual year may differ.

Texas A&M alumni[edit]

Armed forces[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Aldridge, Jr., Edward C.Edward C. Aldridge, Jr. 1960 Former United States Secretary of the Air Force [1]
Ashy, Joseph W.Joseph W. Ashy 1962 Former United States Air Force General [2]
Bowden, Robert A.Robert A. Bowden 1986 Chemistry professor at the United States Military Academy [3]
Bruce, A.D.A.D. Bruce 1916 Former president of the University of Houston; former United States Army Major General; founded Fort Hood [4]
Carswell, Jr., Horace S.Horace S. Carswell, Jr. 1938 Medal of Honor recipient; namesake of Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth, Texas [5]
Caruana, Patrick P.Patrick P. Caruana 1972 Former United States Air Force Lieutenant General [6]
Clary, Jim H.Jim H. Clary 1962 Bronze Star, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Army Commendation Medal, Gallantry Cross (Vietnam), and Air Medal in the Vietnam War [7]
Fowler, Thomas W.Thomas W. Fowler 1943 Medal of Honor recipient [8]
Gamble, Patrick K.Patrick K. Gamble 1967 Former United States Air Force General [9]
Gay, Jr., George H.George H. Gay, Jr. 1938 Former TBD Devastator pilot; sole survivor of Torpedo Squadron 8 during the attack on the Japanese fleet in the Battle of Midway [10]
Harrell, William G.William G. Harrell 1943 Medal of Honor recipient [11]
Hollingsworth, James F.James F. Hollingsworth 1940 Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, and Purple Heart with five Oakleaf Clusters recipient. [12]
Hornburg, Hal M.Hal M. Hornburg 1968 Former United States Air Force General [13]
Hughes, Lloyd HerbertLloyd Herbert Hughes 1943 Medal of Honor recipient [11]
Keathley, George D.George D. Keathley 1937 Medal of Honor recipient [14]
Leonard, Turney W.Turney W. Leonard 1942 Medal of Honor recipient [15]
McDowell, Charles T.Charles T. McDowell 1943 Professor Emeritus of Russian and former director of the Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington [16]
Moseley, Teed MichaelTeed Michael Moseley 1971 Former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force [17]
Murray, Raymond L.Raymond L. Murray 1935 Former United States Marine Corps Major General [18]
Robbins, Jay T.Jay T. Robbins 1940 Former United States Air Force Lieutenant General; fighter ace with 22 aerial victories in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II [19]
Rudder, James EarlJames Earl Rudder 1932 Former United States Army Major General; 16th president of Texas A&M University [20]
Schriever, Bernard AdolphBernard Adolph Schriever 1931 Former United States Air Force General; former Commander of Air Force Systems Command; namesake of Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado [21]
Sylvester, John B.John B. Sylvester 1967 Former United States Army Lieutenant General; former NATO Assistant Chief of Staff in Bosnia and Herzegovina [22]
Van Alstyne, John.John. Van Alstyne 1966 Former United States Army General [23]
Weyland, Otto P.Otto P. Weyland 1923 Former United States Air Force General; former Commander of Tactical Air Command [24]
Whiteley, Eli L.Eli L. Whiteley 1941 Medal of Honor recipient [25]
Williams, Robert B.Robert B. Williams 1923 World War II US Army Air Corps Major General--led raid on Schweinfurt [26]
Thomas, Edward W.Edward W. Thomas 1990 Current United States Air Force Colonel
A.D. Bruce, former United States Lieutenant general

Arts[edit]

Art and architecture[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Bugbee, Harold DowHarold Dow Bugbee 1921 Artist [27]
Malina, FrankFrank Malina 1934 Czech aeronautical artist and engineer [28]

Film, television, and theater[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Decker, Mary BethMary Beth Decker 2003 Actress and model; former cast member on MTV's Road Rules and Road Rules: South Pacific [29]
Gras, PatriciaPatricia Gras 1983 CBS television anchor and Emmy Award winner [30]
Hardin, TyTy Hardin 1959 Actor [31]
Koehler, SeanSean Koehler 1999 All Around Performance Horse Weekly television show host [32]
Madison, MarthaMartha Madison 1999 Actress best known as Belle Black in Days of our Lives [33]
McCanlies, TimTim McCanlies Movie director; directed Secondhand Lions and wrote the screenplay for The Iron Giant [34]
McQueen, TanyaTanya McQueen Actress
Mehrer, JohnJohn Mehrer 2008 Producer, Production Manager, Assistant Director
Mitchell-Smith, IlanIlan Mitchell-Smith Actor
Murphy, MelindaMelinda Murphy 1986 The Early Show correspondent and Emmy Award winner [35]
Thornton, TiffanyTiffany Thornton Actress known for her role as Tawni in Sonny With a Chance
Torn, RipRip Torn 1952 Actor [36]

Journalism and literature[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Allen, DanDan Allen Comedian
Boortz, NealNeal Boortz 1967 Libertarian radio personality and host of The Neal Boortz Show [37]
Cox, Richard L.Richard L. Cox 1992 Author [38]
Dawson, GeralynGeralyn Dawson Romance novel author
Flores, DanDan Flores Prior to 1980 Historian of the American West at University of Montana at Missoula, Montana [39]
Harrison, PaynePayne Harrison Author
Humphreys, Hubert D.Hubert D. Humphreys 1953 Historian, archivist, oral historian, affiliated with Louisiana State University in Shreveport [40]
Lutz, RussellRussell Lutz Science fiction author
Martin, Roland S.Roland S. Martin 1991 CNN journalist [41][42]
McElroy, KathleenKathleen McElroy 1981 New York Times editor [43]
Rodenberger, Lou HalsellLou Halsell Rodenberger Scholar of women writers [44]
Sidney, OrelonOrelon Sidney 1992 Former CNN anchor [44]
Wells, MarthaMartha Wells 1986 Fantasy and science fiction author
Mick White, LowellLowell Mick White American fiction writer
Wolfe, GeneGene Wolfe Science fiction author
Lincecum, Jerry B.Jerry B. Lincecum Emeritus Professor of English and Author, affiliated with Austin College in Sherman, Texas [45]

Music[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Barnard, ShaneShane Barnard 1998 Christian musician [46]
Castro, JasonJason Castro 2008 American Idol contestant [47]
Creager, RogerRoger Creager 1993 Country musician [48]
Everett, ShaneShane Everett 1993 Christian musician
Keen, Robert EarlRobert Earl Keen 1978 Country musician [49]
Lovett, LyleLyle Lovett 1979 Country musician; four-time Grammy Award winner [49]
Needham, JimmyJimmy Needham 2007 Christian musician [50]
Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin 1994 Christian musician [51]
Trevino, RickRick Trevino 1994 Country musician [52]

Pageantry[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Blair, CarissaCarissa Blair 1996 Miss Texas USA (1999); Miss Texas Teen USA (1992) [53]
Dalzell, LisaLisa Dalzell 2001 Miss Texas (2002) [54]
Krueger, KandaceKandace Krueger 2002 Miss USA (2001) [55]
McConnell, MelissaMelissa McConnell 1999 Miss USA (2004); Miss Louisiana USA (2004)
Robinson, RebeccaRebecca Robinson 2002 Miss Texas (2008)
Ryman, SherriSherri Ryman Miss Texas (1981) [54]
Tomes, KimberlyKimberly Tomes Miss USA (1976); Miss Universe finalist [53]

Business[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Al-Falih, KhalidKhalid Al-Falih 1982 President and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco [56]
Arguindegui, PeterPeter Arguindegui 1953 Oilman; member of the Laredo City Council 1960-1976 [57]
Bonsignore, MichaelMichael Bonsignore 1969 Former chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell [58][59]
Carr, Hal N.Hal N. Carr 1943 Former president of North Central Airlines [60]
Crisman, O. WayneO. Wayne Crisman 1938 Former president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Gulf Oil [61]
Davis, Jr., Don H.Don H. Davis, Jr. 1961 Former chief executive officer of Rockwell International [62]
Ford, FrankFrank Ford 1955 Founder of Arrowhead Mills [63]
Davis, Jr., Don H.Don H. Davis, Jr. 1961 Former chief executive officer of Rockwell International [62]
Foster, JoeJoe Foster
Girouard, MarvinMarvin Girouard 1961 Former chief executive officer of Pier 1 Imports [64]
Harris, BrittBritt Harris 1980 Chief investment officer of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas; former chief executive officer of Bridgewater Associates [65]
Kelsey, MavisMavis Kelsey 1932 Original partner of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic [66]
Khelil, ChakibChakib Khelil 1968 Algerian Minister for Energy and Mines; former president of Sonatrach and OPEC [67]
LeBlanc, RitaRita LeBlanc 2001 Owner and executive vice president of the New Orleans Saints [68][69]
Mays, LowryLowry Mays 1957 Co-founder of Clear Channel Communications [70]
Mitchell, George P.George P. Mitchell 1940 Founder and former chief executive officer of Mitchell Energy and Development (subsequently acquired by Devon Energy); pioneer of fracking; real estate developer [71]
Wyatt, OscarOscar Wyatt 1949 Founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Coastal States Gas Producing Company (now Coastal Corporation) [72][73]
Zachry, Henry Bartell "Pat"Henry Bartell "Pat" Zachry 1922 Founder and former president and chairman of Zachry Construction Corporation [60][74]
Zale, DonaldDonald Zale 2003 Former chairman and chief executive officer of Zale Corporation [75]
Khalid Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco

College presidents[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Bruce, A.D.A.D. Bruce 1916 Former president of the University of Houston; former United States Army Major General; founded Fort Hood [4]
Cheek, James G.James G. Cheek Chancellor of the University of Tennessee [76]
Fouraker, Lawrence E.Lawrence E. Fouraker 1944 Former dean of Harvard Business School [77]
Gaertner, James F.James F. Gaertner 1977 President of Sam Houston State University [78]
Guerrero, III, TitoTito Guerrero, III 1970 Former president of Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Southern Colorado (now known as Colorado State University-Pueblo) [79]
Haragan, Donald R.Donald R. Haragan Former president of Texas Tech University [80]
Lane, Michael R.Michael R. Lane 1980 President of Emporia State University [81][82]
Loftin, R. BowenR. Bowen Loftin 1971 Former President of Texas A&M University; former vice president and chief executive officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston [83]
Luedecke, AlvinAlvin Luedecke 1932 Former President of Texas A&M University
Nedderman, WendellWendell Nedderman 1949 Former president of the University of Texas at Arlington [84]
Peterson, G. P. "Bud"G. P. "Bud" Peterson 1985 President of Georgia Institute of Technology [85]
Rudder, James EarlJames Earl Rudder 1932 Former United States Army Major General; 16th president of Texas A&M University [20]
Tan, MichaelMichael Tan 1977 University chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman [86]

Criminal activity[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Castro-Wright, EduardoEduardo Castro-Wright 1975 Former Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc; key figure in the U.S. government's probe into Wal-Mart's Mexican bribery allegations. [87]
Duncan, DavidDavid Duncan 1981 Lead audit partner on Enron for Arthur Andersen [88]
Lee, Wen HoWen Ho Lee 1969 Nuclear researcher indicted on 59 counts by a federal grand jury for stealing U.S. nuclear arsenal secrets for China [89]

Government and politics[edit]

Heads of state[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Quiroga-Ramirez, Jorge F.Jorge F. Quiroga-Ramirez 1981 Former president of Bolivia [90]
Torrijos, MartinMartin Torrijos 1987 Former president of Panama [91]

U.S. cabinet secretaries[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Cisneros, HenryHenry Cisneros 1968 Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city (San Antonio) [92]
Runyon, MarvinMarvin Runyon 1948 Former United States Postmaster General [93]

U.S. federal judges[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
DeAnda, JamesJames DeAnda 1948 Former United States federal judge; attorney in Hernandez v. Texas [94]
Shelby, Michael T.Michael T. Shelby 1981 Former United States attorney [95]
Lake III, Simeon Timothy "Sim"Simeon Timothy "Sim" Lake III 1966 U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. state governors[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Perry, RickRick Perry 1972 Governor of the State of Texas; former Texas House of Representatives member [96]
White, Frank D.Frank D. White 1956 Former Governor of the State of Arkansas [97][98]

U.S. House of Representatives members[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Barton, Joe L.Joe L. Barton 1972 United States House of Representatives member and Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Committee [99]
Bee, CarlosCarlos Bee Former United States House of Representatives member
Cabell, EarleEarle Cabell 1929 Former United States House of Representatives member; former mayor of Dallas [100]
Edwards, ChetChet Edwards 1974 Former United States House of Representatives member [101]
Flores, William H. "Bill"William H. "Bill" Flores 1976 United States House of Representatives member [102]
Gohmert, LouieLouie Gohmert 1975 United States House of Representatives member [103]
Hensarling, JebJeb Hensarling 1979 United States House of Representatives member [104]
Kuykendall, DanDan Kuykendall 1945 Former United States House of Representatives member
Laughlin, GregGreg Laughlin 1964 Former United States House of Representatives member [105]
Skeen, Joe R.Joe R. Skeen 1960 Former United States House of Representatives member [106][107]
Teague, Olin E.Olin E. Teague 1932 Former United States House of Representatives member [108]

U.S. ambassadors and foreign political figures[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Alvarez, OscarOscar Alvarez 1982 Former Minister of Public Security for Honduras
Khelil, ChakibChakib Khelil 1968 Algerian Minister for Energy and Mines; former president of Sonatrach and OPEC [67]
Kyle, Edwin JacksonEdwin Jackson Kyle 1899 Former United States Ambassador to Guatemala; namesake of Kyle Field [109]
Napper, Larry C.Larry C. Napper 1969 Former United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Latvia [110]

State Upper House members[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Baker, Robert W.Robert W. Baker 1944 Former Texas senator; former Texas House of Representatives member [111]
Bracewell, Jr., J. SearcyJ. Searcy Bracewell, Jr. 1938 Former Texas senator; former Texas House of Representatives member
Edwards, ChetChet Edwards 1974 Former Texas senator; United States House of Representatives member [101]
Hegar, GlennGlenn Hegar 1993 Texas senator [112]
Horn, WallyWally Horn Iowa senator [113]
McKnight, PeytonPeyton McKnight 1947 Former Texas senator; former Texas House of Representatives member [114]
Moore, William T.William T. Moore 1940 Former Texas senator [111]
Ogden, SteveSteve Ogden 1987 Texas senator [115]
Patterson, Jerry E.Jerry E. Patterson 1969 Former Texas senator; Commissioner of the General Land office of Texas [115]
Schwartz, A.R.A.R. Schwartz 1948 Former Texas senator
Short, E LE L Short 1947 Member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature from Lynn County, 1969–1983 [116]
Staples, ToddTodd Staples 1984 Former Texas senator; commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture
Wentworth, JeffJeff Wentworth 1962 Texas senator [117][118]
Williams, TommyTommy Williams 1978 Texas senator; former Texas House of Representatives member [119]

State Lower House members[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Anderson, Charles "Doc"Charles "Doc" Anderson Texas House of Representatives member [120]
Ashby, TrentTrent Ashby 1996 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Lufkin [121]
Aycock, Jimmie DonJimmie Don Aycock 1969 Member of the Texas House of Representatives
Baker, Robert W.Robert W. Baker 1944 Former Texas House of Representatives member; former Texas senator [111]
Bohac, DwayneDwayne Bohac Texas House of Representatives member [122]
Bonnen, GregGreg Bonnen 1988 Neurosurgeon and medical professor at University of Texas Medical Branch; Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2013 from Galveston County [123]
Bracewell, Jr., J. SearcyJ. Searcy Bracewell, Jr. 1938 Former Texas House of Representatives member; former Texas senator
Brown, FredFred Brown 1993 Texas House of Representatives member [124]
Clayton, Bill W.Bill W. Clayton 1950 Former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives [125]
Corte, Jr., FrankFrank Corte, Jr. 1982 former member of the Texas House of Representatives [126]
Crownover, MyraMyra Crownover Texas House of Representatives member [127]
Dukes, DawnnaDawnna Dukes Texas House of Representatives member [128]
Guillen, RyanRyan Guillen Texas House of Representatives member [129]
Kacal, KyleKyle Kacal 1992 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from College Station since 2013 [130]
King, Tracy O.Tracy O. King Texas House of Representatives member [131]
Kleinschmidt, TimTim Kleinschmidt 1979 member of the Texas House of Representatives from Lee County [132]
Kothmann, GlennGlenn Kothmann 1950 Former Texas House of Representatives member [133][134]
Kubiak, L. B.L. B. Kubiak Member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1991; veterinarian [135]
Landgraf, BrooksBrooks Landgraf 2003 Incoming (January 2015) Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 81 (Ector, Andrews, and Winkler counties); Odessa lawyer and rancher; member of the TAMU Army Corps of Cadets [136]
Landtroop, JimJim Landtroop 1991 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Plainview, 2011-2013 [137]
Larson, LyleLyle Larson 1981 Member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2011 [138]
Macias, NathanNathan Macias 1982 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Comal County from 2007 to 2009; lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, at Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom [139]
McKnight, PeytonPeyton McKnight 1947 Former Texas House of Representatives member; former Texas senator [114]
Nixon, JoeJoe Nixon 1978 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Houston (1995-2007) [140]
Noriega, RickRick Noriega Former Texas House of Representatives member [141]
Ortiz, SolomonSolomon Ortiz 1999 Former Texas House of Representatives member [142]
Otto, JohnJohn Otto 1970 Texas House of Representatives member [143]
Perry, RickRick Perry 1972 Former Texas House of Representatives member; Governor of the State of Texas [96]
Raney, John N.John N. Raney 1969 Texas House of Representatives member
Shelton, Mark M.Mark M. Shelton 1983 member of the Texas House of Representatives (2009-2013) [144]
Short, E LE L Short late 1940s Member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature from Lynn County, 1969–1983 [116]
Spurlock II, JoeJoe Spurlock II 1960 Former Texas House of Representatives member [145][146]
Staples, ToddTodd Staples 1984 Former Texas House of Representatives member; commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture; former Texas senator
Villarreal, MikeMike Villarreal 1993 Texas House of Representatives member
Wentworth, JeffJeff Wentworth 1962 Former Texas House of Representatives member; former Texas senator [117][118]
Williams, TommyTommy Williams 1978 Former Texas House of Representatives member; former Texas senator [119]
Workman, Paul D.Paul D. Workman 1973 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Austin since 2011 [147]

Metropolitan mayors[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Bolen, BobBob Bolen 1948 Longest-serving Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas (1982-1991) [148]
Cabell, EarleEarle Cabell 1929 Former mayor of Dallas; former United States Congressman [100]
Cisneros, HenryHenry Cisneros 1968 Former mayor of San Antonio; first Hispanic mayor of a major United States city; former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development [92]
Garza, EdEd Garza 1992 Former mayor of San Antonio [149]
McCaleb, Gary D.Gary D. McCaleb 1975 Former vice president and management professor at Abilene Christian University; former mayor of Abilene, Texas [150]
Stabler, LonnieLonnie Stabler 1969 Mayor of Bryan from 1995-2001 [151]
Wynn, WillWill Wynn 1984 Former mayor of Austin [152]

NASA[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Byerly, JoshJosh Byerly 1999 NASA Spokesman and Public Affairs Officer [153][154]
Cohen, AaronAaron Cohen 1952 Former Acting Administrator of NASA [155]
Deutsch, GeorgeGeorge Deutsch 2003 Former NASA press officer [156]
Griffin, Gerald D.Gerald D. Griffin 1956 Former Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center [157]

National political figures[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Hernandez, IsraelIsrael Hernandez 1999 Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director-General of United States Commercial Service [158]
Read, BillBill Read 1971 Director of the National Hurricane Center [159]
Rhodes, DonDon Rhodes Longest-serving aide to former President George H.W. Bush [160]
Thomas, Jack WardJack Ward Thomas 1957 Former Chief of United States Forest Service [161]
Thompson, Mayo J.Mayo J. Thompson 1941 Former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission [162]
Turner, FrancisFrancis Turner 1929 Developer of U.S. Interstate Highway System and Federal Highway Administrator [163]

State political figures[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Armstrong, RobinRobin Armstrong 1991 Former vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas
Caperton, KentKent Caperton 1971 Lawyer, lobbyist, former state senator from Bryan [164]
Carmichael, GilGil Carmichael 1950 Businessman and transportation specialist from Meridian, Mississippi; Republican nominee for United States Senator (1972), governor of Mississippi (1975 and 1979) and lieutenant governor (1983) [165]
Crichton, JackJack Crichton 1937 Oil and gas industrialist [166]
Frank, JamesJames Frank Businessman in Wichita Falls; member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 69 since 2013 [167]
Hegar, GlennGlenn Hegar 1993 Texas state senator since 2007; member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2003-2007, candidate for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in 2014 Republican primary election [168]
Hervey, DickDick Hervey 1942 Third secretary of the Association of Former Students 1947-1964; mayor of College Station 1971-1974; president of Community Savings and Loan in College Station 1964 to 1982 [169]
Holleman, Harlan "Bo"Harlan "Bo" Holleman Late chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party
Kacal, KyleKyle Kacal 1992 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from College Station since 2013 [130]
Larson, LyleLyle Larson 1981 Member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2011 [138]
Macias, NathanNathan Macias 1982 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Comal County from 2007 to 2009; lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, at Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom [139]
Mauro, GarryGarry Mauro 1970 Former commissioner of the Texas General Land Office [107]
McLeroy, DonDon McLeroy 1968 President of the Texas State Board of Education
Rollins, BrookeBrooke Rollins 1994 President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Rollins, JoeJoe Rollins 1938 Attorney [170]
Sharp, JohnJohn Sharp 1972 Former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts [107]
Smitherman, BarryBarry Smitherman Texas Railroad Commissioner
Sullivan, Michael QuinnMichael Quinn Sullivan 1992 Vice President of Texas Public Policy Foundation [171]
Williams, ClaytonClayton Williams 1954 1990 Republican Texas gubernatorial nominee [172]
Zaeske, LouLou Zaeske 1964 leader of English-only movement and advocate for Czech ethnic causes [173]

Science and technology[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Duke, James Henry "Red"James Henry "Red" Duke 1950 Trauma surgeon [174]
Fossum, Michael E.Michael E. Fossum 1980 NASA astronaut (STS-121 and STS-124) [175]
Hackett, Steven C.Steven C. Hackett 1986 Environmental and natural resource economist [176]
Halbouty, Michael T.Michael T. Halbouty 1930 Winner of the Hoover Medal; wildcatter [107][177][178]
Knipling, Edward F.Edward F. Knipling 1930 Entomologist; 1966 National Medal of Science winner; listed in Esquire magazine as one of the "100 Most Important People in the World" in 1970
Lukefahr, MauriceMaurice Lukefahr 1961 Researcher in the field of plant resistance to insect pests [179]
Lunney, BryanBryan Lunney 1989 NASA Flight Director [180]
Malina, FrankFrank Malina 1934 Czech aeronautical engineer and artist [28]
McCarthy, GlennGlenn McCarthy 1931 Wildcatter
Pailes, William A.William A. Pailes 1981 NASA astronaut (STS-51-J) [181]
Smythe, W. RoyW. Roy Smythe 1989 Chairman of Surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital [182]
Steadman, RichardRichard Steadman 1959 Knee surgeon [183]
Swanson, StevenSteven Swanson 1998 NASA astronaut (STS-117 and STS-119) [184]
Tinus, William C.William C. Tinus 1928 Naval Ordnance Development Award recipient; conducted Bell Labs’ first work on radar [185]
Walton, GordonGordon Walton 1981 Video game developer [186]
Williams, Sr., Clayton W.Clayton W. Williams, Sr. 1915 Oilman, rancher, historian, first registered geologist in Texas [187]

Texas A&M faculty and affiliates[edit]

Nobel Prize laureates[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Derek Barton Chemistry 1969 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry [188]
Norman Borlaug Soil and Crop Sciences One of five people in history to have won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal; Nobel Prize winner [107]
Elias James Corey n/a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry [107]
Sheldon Lee Glashow Physics 1979 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics [189]
Robert H. Grubbs Chemistry 1995 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry [190]
Dudley R. Herschbach Physics 1986 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry [191]
Jack Kilby Electrical engineering 2000 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics; National Medal of Science winner [192]
David Lee Physics 1996 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics [193][194]
Bruce McCarl Agricultural economics 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner (member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) [195]
Vernon L. Smith Institute for Advanced Study 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics [196]

Academia[edit]

College presidents[edit]

Name Department Notability References
William Bizzell Former president of the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M University
Norman Hackerman Former president of the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University
Robert Gates George Bush School of Government and Public Service Former president of Texas A&M University; former United States Secretary of Defense [197]
David Franklin Houston Political science Former United States Secretary of Agriculture and United States Secretary of the Treasury; former chancellor of the Washington University in St. Louis; former president of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University [198]
Elsa Murano Nutrition and Food Services Former president of Texas A&M University; former United States Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety [197]
Lawrence Sullivan Ross - Former governor of Texas, Civil War general, and Texas A&M University president [199]
Frank Vandiver History Former president of Rice University, Texas A&M University, and the University of North Texas

Professors and scholars[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Gary Clayton Anderson History Pulitzer Prize-nominated author [200]
Allen J. Bard n/a Recipient of the Priestley Medal and Wolf Prize in Chemistry [201]
F. Albert Cotton Chemistry Recipient of the Priestley Medal and Wolf Prize in Chemistry [202]
Joe Feagin Sociology Pulitzer Prize-nominated author [203]
Stephen Hawking Physics World-renowned theoretical physicist [204]
John Hope Franklin n/a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient [201]
Martin V. Melosi History Fulbright scholar grant recipient [205]
Dudley L. Poston, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Demography [206]
Morgan Reynolds Former Chief Economist for the United States Department of Labor
Henry C. Schmidt Historian, specialist in Latin American studies [207]
Betty Miller Unterberger History Namesake of the SHAFR Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize [208]
Paul P. Van Riper Political Science Namesake of the ASPA Paul P. Van Riper Award [209]
Venkatesh Shankar Business Marketing Scholar. Namesake of the Shankar-Spiegel Award [210]

Armed forces[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Silas L. Copeland Former Sergeant Major of the Army

Government and politics[edit]

Heads of state[edit]

Name Department Notability References
George H.W. Bush The Bush School of Government and Public Service Former President of the United States; namesake of The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University; George Bush Presidential Library housed at Texas A&M University [201]

U.S. cabinet secretaries[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Robert Gates Former United States Secretary of Defense; former Texas A&M University president [211]
David Franklin Houston Former United States Secretary of Agriculture and United States Secretary of the Treasury; former chancellor of the Washington University in St. Louis; former president of The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University [198]

U.S. state governors[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Lawrence Sullivan Ross Former governor of Texas, Civil War general, and Texas A&M University president [199]

U.S. senators[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Phil Gramm Former United States senator [212]

U.S. ambassadors and foreign political figures[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Ryan Crocker The Bush School of Government and Public Service Former ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon; former dean of The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned Consort to the Emir of the State of Qatar; chairman of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development [201]
Sally Shelton-Colby Former Ambassador of the United States to Barbados, Dominica, and Grenada [213]

National political figures[edit]

Name Department Notability References
Andrew Card The Bush School of Government and Public Service White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush; current dean of The Bush School of Government and Public Service [214]
Elsa Murano United States Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety; former president of Texas A&M University

State political figures[edit]

Name Department Notability References
John Nielsen-Gammon Texas State Climatologist

Journalism and literature[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Texas A&M athletes[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

American Football[edit]

E. King Gill during the 1921–1922 season, the original Twelfth Man

Golf[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Adams, CammileCammile Adams 2014 Member of the US Olympic Swimming team (2012) [255]
Aljand, TriinTriin Aljand 2010 Member of the Estonia Olympic Swimming team (2004, 2008, 2012) [255]
Atkinson, AliaAlia Atkinson 2010 Member of the Jamaica Olympic Swimming team (2004, 2008, 2012); 2010 200 Breast NCAA Champion [255]
Barnes, RandyRandy Barnes 1989 Former member of the US Olympic Shot Put Team; 1988 silver medalist, 1996 gold medalist [133]
Beckles, KanikaKanika Beckles 2013 Member of the Grenada Olympic Track & Field team (2012) [255]
Bellille, JaneilJaneil Bellille 2015 Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Track & Field team (2012) [255]
Bultman, SteveSteve Bultman -- US Swimming team coach (1988, 2012) [255]
Davis, WaltWalt Davis 1952 Former member of US Olympic Team High Jump; 1952 gold medalist [133]
Davis II, WayneWayne Davis II 2014 Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Track & Field team (2012) [255]
Dittmer, EricaErica Dittmer 2014 Member of the Mexico Olympic Swimming team (2012) [255]
Fausett, RobertRobert Fausett 1997 Taekwondo coach for Brazil (2012) and the US (2008) [255]
Fonua, AminiAmini Fonua 2012 Member of the Tonga Olympic Swimming team (2012) [255]
Henry, TabarieTabarie Henry 2011 Member of the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Track & Field team (2008, 2012) [255]
Hooper, DarrowDarrow Hooper 1953 Member of US Olympic Team Shot Put; 1952 silver medalist [223]
Ibanez, LilianaLiliana Ibanez 2014 Member of the Mexico Olympic Swimming team (2012) [255]
Janes, RileyRiley Janes 2002 Member of Canada's Men's Olympic Swimming Team (2004) [256]
Kavaliauskas, AntanasAntanas Kavaliauskas 2007 Member of the Lithuania Olympic Basketball team (2012) [255]
Larson, BreejaBreeja Larson 2014 Gold medalist in the 4x100-meter swim relay (2012) [255]
Leek, MirandaMiranda Leek 2016 Member of the US Olympic Archery team (2012) [255]
Lendore, DeonDeon Lendore 2015 Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Track & Field team (2012) [255]
Matson, RandyRandy Matson 1967 Former member of the US Olympic Shot Put Team; 1964 silver medalist and 1968 gold medalist [257]
McFalls, JenniferJennifer McFalls 1994 Member of the US Olympic Softball Team [133][258]
Medrano, RitaRita Medrano 2012 Member of the Mexico Olympic Swimming team (2012) [255]
Nichols, JenniferJennifer Nichols 2012 Member of the US Olympic Archery team (2004, 2008, 2012) [255]
Okamoto, TetsuoTetsuo Okamoto 1959 1952 bronze medalist in swimming; Brazil's first-ever Olympic medalist [259]
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Phiri, GeraldGerald Phiri 2011 Member of the Zambia Olympic Track & Field team (2012) [255]
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Sehn, EricEric Sehn 2008 Member of the Canada Olympic Diving team (2012) [255]
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Wunderle, VicVic Wunderle 2002 Silver medalist in Archery (2000) [262]

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