Year Awarded: 2016
Fort Worth, TX
DR. SUSAN RUDD BAILEY ’78 received a bachelor’s degree in medicine and was one of seven women in the A&M College of Medicine’s charter class. As a student, she was the Student Government Association’s vice president for rules and regulations, participated in SCONA (Student Conference on National Affairs) and was a piano accompanist for the Century Singers and Aggie Players.
She is speaker of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates and served as 2010-11 president of the Texas Medical Association, the largest state medical society in the U.S. She has been in private practice of allergy and clinical immunology at Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates since 1988.
The first female former student to become a regent for The Texas A&M University System, she served on the Board of Regents from 1999 to 2005. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Association of Former Students, supported the enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams Jr., Alumni Center and has been a Muster speaker on numerous occasions, including for the Kentuckiana A&M Club, Central
Arkansas A&M Club, Bell County A&M Club, Rockwall County A&M Club, Parker County A&M Club and Ellis A&M Club. She is a Diamond level member of The Association’s Century Club, with 30 years of giving.
She is an elder and a member of the Chancel Choir at University Christian Church Fort Worth, served on the Board of Directors of Casa Manana Theatre and is involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Her husband is Doug Bailey ’67; their children are Deborah Bailey Michell ’88, Gregory Allen Bailey ’90,
Michael O’Hagan Wynn ’06 and Stephen Rudd Wynn ’10.
Her grandchildren include Bailey Nicole Michell ’15 and Mason Michell ’19.
Year Awarded: 2016
San Antonio, TX
DR. WILLIAM M. BARNES ’64 received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering and a doctorate in operations research. As a student, Mike served as president of Alpha Pi Mu (and has been a member of Tau Beta Pi since 1964); he represented A&M in summer 1968 as an expert consultant to the Assistant Postmaster General, and was an instructor of Army engineers for A&M in maintainability engineering at Red River Army Depot.
In 33 years with Rockwell International, he became senior vice president and chief financial officer. He is an Outstanding Alumnus of both A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering and Department of Industrial Engineering. He was the inaugural recipient in 2009 of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Texas Council of Industrial Engineering Department Heads. In 2001, he received the Leonardo da Vinci Annual Award as one of Rockwell’s Outstanding Engineers. Since his 2001 retirement from Rockwell, he has served on boards for three New York Stock Exchange-listed companies.
He and his wife have endowed a department head chair and a professorship in industrial engineering and hosted football and A&M fundraising events at homes in Southern California and Texas. He has funded A&M professorships and labs through the Rockwell Foundation, served as a charter member of the Chancellor’s Century Council and has been a member of the Engineering Advisory Board. He has given to The Association’s Century Club for 24 years.
In California, he served on the Orange County Business Council and with the governorship of Town Hall of Los Angeles. In San Antonio, he has been a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society supporting the United Way of San Antonio and has supported the Witte Museum.
His family includes wife Sugar, son Brad Barnes ’90 and two grandchildren.
Year Awarded: 2016
OTWAY B. DENNY, JR. ’71 received a bachelor’s degree in political science from A&M and a law degree, cum laude, from Baylor Law School; at A&M, he was in the Corps of Cadets Company B-1, served as a Ross Volunteer and was a Fish Camp Committee Chair.
He has been a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston since 1981 and served as president of the Houston Bar Association 1992-93. He is a fellow of both the American College and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He has served as a member and chair of the Board of Directors of The Association of Former Students and is on the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M Foundation. He served as a Class Agent for the Class of ’71 for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991. He is a member of The Association’s Endowed Century Club and supported the enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams Jr., Alumni Center.
He has served as chair of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation; as a volunteer with Veterans Legal Initiative; and as chair of Houston Volunteer Lawyers. He has led the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. He was named Aggie Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Aggie Bar Association in 2000.
He has been a member of the Corps of Cadets Development Council, the College of Liberal Arts Development Council and the 12th Man Foundation’s Advisory Board, and he and his wife have created several A&M scholarships. He has been selected for “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Texas Super Lawyers” classifications.
His family includes wife Bonnie, daughters Amy Denny Stuber ’97, Lisa Denny ’98 and Stacey Denny Peavy; and three grandchildren. His father was Otway B. Denny ’39.
Year Awarded: 2016
DAVID G. ELLER ’59 received bachelor’s degrees in business administration and geological engineering; as a student, he was a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band commanding officer, Limestone County A&M Club president and on the Fish Football Team.
He is co-founder, chairman and CEO of Celltex Therapeutics Corp.; previous positions include president of DuPont Pharmaceuticals-Europe; CEO and president of Virbac Corp.; and founder, chairman and CEO of Granada BioSciences.
The youngest chair ever selected to lead The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, he was a member of the board 1983-89, served as chairman 1985-89, and for a time was simultaneously System chancellor. He was the first in A&M’s history to be awarded the title of chairman emeritus. During his time as chair, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences & Technology in Houston and the Texas Institute of Oceanography in Galveston were created and A&M’s Research Park were established, and the university launched its first capital campaign.
For many accomplishments such as these, the David G. Eller Oceanography & Meteorology Building on A&M’s campus was named in his honor.
He is a member of The Association’s Endowed Century Club and has established several A&M scholarships.
Eller has served on boards including the Texas Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, Baylor College of Medicine, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Allied Bancshares, First Interstate Bank, the Houston Ballet and the Rice University Energy and Environmental Systems Institute. He is a lifetime director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has supported 4-H programs in several counties.
He served eight years as an officer on active duty and reserves in the U.S. Army.
His family includes wife Candy and sons David Erik Eller ’93 and Dirk Gustaf Eller ’94, as well as brother James M. Eller ’53.
Year Awarded: 2016
PATRICK K. GAMBLE, GENERAL USAF (RET.) ’67 received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. As a student, he was an executive officer, a cadet lieutenant colonel and on Air Division Staff in the Air Force ROTC; won the Commandant’s Award at ROTC summer camp at Plattsburgh Air Force Base; participated in Bonfire and SCONA (Student Conference on National Affairs); was in Squadron 12; and played in a popular area rock band, the Yaks.
A former fighter pilot, he retired after 34 years with the U.S. Air Force as a four-star general in command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces. He flew O-1 “Bird Dog,” F-102, F-106, F-16 and F-15 aircraft; with 394 combat missions in Vietnam, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 14 air medals.
He was president and CEO of the Alaska Railroad Corp., providing passenger, freight and oceangoing rail barge service. As president of the University of Alaska System, he headed 16 campuses with 34,000 students. As chair of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. board, he operated one of four U.S. satellite launch sites.
In 2001, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor and was honored as a “Legend of Aggieland.” He has spoken at Musters, been a commissioning speaker and final reviewing officer, and served on the President’s Corps of Cadets Board of Visitors, Bush School of Government and Public Service Development Council and board of the Texas A&M Private Enterprise Research Center. He has been a Double Diamond level member of The Association’s Century Club, with 31 years of giving.
He has served on boards for the University of Alaska Foundation, National Armed Services YMCA, USAF
Air University and Alaska Pacific University and on the Department of Defense Dependents Education Council.
His family includes wife Ailese Gamble ’69, son Jeffrey K. Gamble and three grandchildren.
Year Awarded: 2016
DR. CHARLES W. GRAHAM ’53 received bachelor’s degrees in animal husbandry and animal science and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. As a student, he was a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, chair of the NRA Rodeo program at A&M, involved in the Little Southwestern Stock Show and president of the Civilian Students; he “lived at the horse barn” and on one occasion converted a “borrowed” boar hog into a second-place show winner using shoe polish and other cosmetic means.
He has built the largest vet hospital facility/business in Texas and also created the state’s oldest continuous stallion breeding operation, Southwest Stallion Station.
He is one of the world’s top equine vets and a leader in Texas’ horse and cattle industries as well as a volunteer, advocate and youth mentor.
He has been a member of the Texas A&M Equine Research Committee, an influential participant in funding and construction of the new Veterinary and Biomedical Education Complex and a supporter of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He helped recruit veterinary college dean Dr. Eleanor Green and Dr. Jim Heird, coordinator of A&M’s Equine Initiative, furthering A&M’s status as one of the top veterinary and equine programs in the country. He is a Silver level member of The Association’s Century Club, with 21 years of giving. He is a former director of the American Association of
Equine Practitioners and was a founder of Frontier Bank of Texas in Elgin; a director of the American Quarter Horse Association; a member of the Board of Managers of Kalon Biotherapeutics; and a founding member of Rodeo Austin.
His family includes grandchildren Tyler Graham ’06, Casey Graham ’11 and Callie Lee ’19.
Year Awarded: 2016
DR. JARVIS E. MILLER ’50 received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural administration. He was a cadet major on Air Force Battalion Staff and a Ross Volunteer; he and a classmate designed the RV sash. Also as a student, he was Town Hall manager, president of the YMCA, head of the YMCA Cabinet and a Hillel Award recipient.
From 1977 to 1980, he served as president of Texas A&M, the third Aggie to do so. In 1980, Gov. Bill Clements asked him to serve in the Office of Budget and Planning to head up his “Texas 2000” planning effort for the state. In 1982, he was made the office’s director.
In 25 years with A&M, Miller’s significant leadership roles included serving as director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and leading A&M’s contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development in both Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
He is an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an inductee into the
Department of Agricultural Economics’ Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry; he has served as vice president of the Sul Ross Group and was a longtime Class Agent for the Class of ’50. He is a member of The Association’s Endowed Century Club.
He has been a teacher, board chair and building committee chair at the A&M United Methodist Church;
a charter member and president of the Aggieland Rotary Club; and member of the Downtown Austin and Bryan Rotary clubs.
His family includes wife Alma; daughters Susan Miller Hult, Kathleen Miller Gibson ’81, Margaret Miller
Moten ’83 and Carolyn Miller McCully; and grandchildren including Sarah Gibson ’15. His father was Richard Cook Miller ’26, his brother was Richard Wade Miller ’53 and his great-uncle was Demrie B. Miller, Class of 1900.
Year Awarded: 2016
Portola Valley, California
RAY A. ROTHROCK ’77 received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering; he was a founding charter member of the Texas A&M Symphonic Band, chair of the MSC Radio Committee and a member of the MSC Directorate and Student Engineers Council.
He was a partner for 25 years (10 as managing partner) of Venrock, a diversified early stage venture capital firm, and lead investor for 53 startup companies. He is a past chair of the National Venture Capital Association, and his investment track record has earned him multiple listings on the Forbes Midas List.
He was chairman and CEO of RedSeal, a $25-million cyber-security analytics company. In his early career, after working as a nuclear engineer at Yankee Atomic, Exxon Minerals and Sagus Software, he worked at Silicon Valley startups including Sun Microsystems.
He has been a board member of The Association of Former Students and a trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation, served on development councils for the College of Liberal Arts and Dwight Look College of Engineering, and was named a Distinguished Engineer in 2013 and Distinguished Nuclear Engineer in 2011. He is a member of The Association’s Endowed Century Club and supported the enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams Jr., Alumni Center. He has created a faculty research fellowship, a chair and an Endowment for Excellence in liberal arts.
He earned a master’s degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a member of the MIT Corporation, and MIT’s Nuclear Engineering and Science Department named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.
He led efforts that raised $25 million for Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, Calif., and has met with U.S. leaders on the advanced nuclear industry’s potential.
His family includes wife Meredith and son Nathaniel.
Year Awarded: 2016
VAN H. TAYLOR ’71 received a bachelor's degree with honors in mechanical engineering; he served as Corps Commander his senior year and as sergeant major of the Corps his junior year and was the first recipient of the Rudder Award. He was a member of the Ross Volunteers, the Student Engineers Council and both Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honor societies.
Taylor had a 34-year career with Southwestern Bell/SBC/AT&T, retiring as president of network services for the southwest region of AT&T. During his career, he also served as president and CEO of Technology Resources Inc., the research subsidiary of SBC Communications, from 1994 to 1997, and relocated the entire organization from St. Louis to Austin. His numerous officer-level positions at SBC/AT&T included engineering, operations and marketing positions.
Serving on the Association of Former Students Board of Directors from 2000 to 2007, he chaired the board in 2006. On the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2017, he served as chairman in 2014-2015. He is a member of the Association's Endowed Century Club and has been a Century Club member for 45 years. He and his late wife, Carole, supported the MSC OPAS permanent endowment and the enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center, the MSC and Kyle Field; they also created both a President's Endowed and a Rudder scholarship.
He served on the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council from 1997 to 2012 and is now an emeritus member. He has served on the boards of the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Executive Council.
His family includes his late wife, Carole; daughters Suzannah Taylor ’97, Sally Taylor Reyes, Kaycee Taylor Crisp ’05 and Melissa Taylor; and six granddaughters. His father-in-law was the late James M. Cunningham ’42.
Year Awarded: 2016
CINDY TAYLOR ’84 received a bachelor’s degree in accounting; she was an honors student, business fraternity member and intramural activist.
In 2007, she became the CEO of Oil States International, a diversified oilfield services company that she helped take public. She was among the first female CEOs in the energy industry, the first public company female CEO in Houston and currently one of only 50 female CEOs in the Fortune 1000. She was ranked the No. 2 Energy Services CEO in 2013 by Institutional Investors.
She is a board member for AT&T and Tidewater Inc. Her business honors include being ranked on the All-American Executive Team for Energy Services and as a national finalist in Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2012.
She has served as a trustee of the 12th Man Foundation and a member of Mays Business School’s Dean’s Development Council, and was named an Outstanding Alumna of the Mays Business School in 2011. She is a Gold level member of The Association’s Century Club, with 22 years of giving.
She received the McLane Leadership in Business Award in 2014; the Aggie 100 Summit Award in 2012; and the Women Former Students’ Network Legacy Award in 2010. A Mays Business School endowed scholarship was donated in her honor in 2011, which she matched.
She has served on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, is a Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate and was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2014.
Her family includes husband Allan W. Taylor ’83, sons Matthew Taylor ’12, Christopher Taylor ’14 and Gregory Taylor ’17 and daughter-in-law Misty Taylor ’12; her brother is Robert Berry ’82.