Scot Walker '90 December 3, 2020 10:25 AM updated: December 3, 2020 11:22 AM
Despite the death of the founder of the Aggie Century Tree Project, seedlings of different sizes and ages are still available for sale at aggiecenturytreeproject.com until Dec. 22.
Andy Duffie '78 created the Aggie Century Tree Project in 2010, experimenting with ways to grow acorns from Texas A&M’s beloved Century Tree in his garage. That hobby soon grew into something much larger, with 3,000 Century Tree seedlings now planted in 18 states across the country. Proceeds of sales of the saplings in the years since have funded the Century Tree President’s Endowed Scholarship, a Sul Ross scholarship, and several Aggie Ring scholarships.
Duffie passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 15 at age 64. Family representatives said details about the future of the Century Tree Project are still being finalized and are expected to be announced in early 2021 on the Aggie Century Tree Facebook page.
“The Aggie Century Tree Project brought Andy so much joy, because it allowed him to take all the wonderful things that Texas A&M gave him and pay it forward to future generations of students through his scholarships,” Duffie’s family said in a prepared statement. “Few things made him happier than sharing the Aggie Spirit with others, and now each of his trees, each of his scholarship recipients, and all of his tree customers have also become part of that legacy.”
Andy Duffie left behind hundreds of seedlings that he was preparing for sale. The family said the trees of different sizes and ages remain available for sale at aggiecenturytreeproject.com until Dec. 22. Orders that require shipping for Christmas delivery must be completed by Dec. 20.
"For the time being," the family said in the statement, "proceeds from tree sales will go towards the Duffie family. Following the Christmas holidays, the project will take a short break as it transitions into its next phase."