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Martín Torrijos ’87 Honored As Distinguished Alumnus

Scot Walker '90 February 23, 2017 11:12 AM updated: April 20, 2017 8:42 AM

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, has been awarded since 1962 to only 270 of Texas A&M’s 459,000 former students. 

Presented jointly by the university and The Association of Former Students, this award recognizes Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities.

  • Announced April 17: Martín Torrijos ’87 was president of the Republic of Panama from 2004 to 2009, ushering in a massive expansion of the Panama Canal, anticorruption reforms and a partnership between Panama’s maritime university and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Previously, he had served as Panama’s vice minister of government and justice.
  • Announced March 21:  Charles H. “Butch” Gregory ’64, a former Army intelligence officer and attorney who owned and managed a group of heavy equipment and manufacturing businesses, has served on Texas A&M’s Liberal Arts Development Council for more than 20 years, was a longtime trustee and chairman of the Texas A&M Foundation and supports and serves Houston charities.
  • Announced March 21:  Ed Wulfe ’55, founder, CEO and chairman of the Wulfe and Co. real estate firm, was recently named a “Houston Hero” by the Houston Chronicle, which cited his “tireless efforts toward making Houston a better place to live” through his developments, civic leadership and volunteer service that included steering the Houston Symphony out of a budget deficit.
  • Announced March 20: John M. Yantis ’53 founded construction firm Yantis Co., and was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1988. He is deeply involved in philanthropy and service in San Antonio and at Texas A&M; he established a student assistance fund with The Association and has served on the 12th Man Foundation board.
  • Announced March 9: Craig Brown ’75, co-founder and chairman of Bray International Inc., has built the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation into a program that selects 30 A&M freshmen a year as Brown Scholars and boosts A&M’s success in recruiting National Merit Scholars, in addition to his support and service to A&M engineering and honors programs and the Corps. 
  • Honored posthumously: Maj. Gen. Raymond L. Murray '35 led troops in three wars, from World War II to Vietnam, and was among the most highly decorated Aggies in school history, recipient of two Navy Crosses, a Distinguished Service Cross and four Silver Stars. He became a legend in the U.S. Marine Corps for his leadership at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.
  • Announced Feb. 25: Arno W. Krebs, Jr. '64, a retired partner with Fulbright & Jaworski, has served as president and a director of the Texas Aggie Bar Association and also represented Texas A&M legally. He has volunteered time to A&M as president of the 12th Man Foundation and on boards and councils including those of The Association and the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Announced Feb. 25: William M. "Bill" Huffman '53 practiced law in Marshall for many years. His service to fellow Aggies includes everything from mentoring students, supporting programs and scholarships and sponsoring Association gifts for hundreds of students to compiling a directory of the Class of 1953. 
  • Announced Feb. 24: Gen. William M. Fraser III '74 has served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and commander of Air Combat Command and U.S. Transportation Command. He has served Texas A&M in numerous positions including as a member of the President’s Board of Visitors.
  • Announced Feb. 23: Jorge A. Bermudez '73 spent 33 years with Citibank and Citigroup and has served Texas A&M through the International Advisory Board and the Texas A&M Foundation and as chair of The Association of Former Students’ board.


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