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Longtime A&M Administrator Dies

Photo of John Calhoun, Jr. courtesy of Texarkana Funeral Home.

Information courtesy of Texas A&M University:

Dr. John C. Calhoun, Jr., who held several key roles in Texas A&M University’s development during the presidencies of Earl Rudder and Jack Williams, died Thursday (Nov 29) in Texarkana, where he had resided since moving from College Station, university officials have been informed.

Graveside services will be held in College Station at a time and date yet to be determined according to Calhoun’s obituary posted by the Texarkana Funeral Home late last week.

Speaking on behalf of the Aggie family, Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said: “Working in close cooperation with Presidents Earl Rudder and Jack Williams, Dr. John Calhoun was instrumental in helping lay the groundwork for enhancement of the academic and related developments that made possible Texas A&M as we know it today. He obviously enjoyed a long and productive life, but we still consider Dr. Calhoun’s passing a distinct loss to the university, and our hearts and prayers go out to his wife of 71 years and to the entire Calhoun family.”

Calhoun, who was 95 years of age, joined Texas A&M in 1955 as dean of engineering and concurrently or subsequently served as director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service, vice chancellor for engineering, vice chancellor for development, vice president for programs and dean of geosciences. He was named vice president for academic affairs in 1971 and served in that capacity until 1977. He continued his active association with Texas A&M until 1987. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and numerous other prestigious professional societies and organizations. Upon retirement, he was honored with the designation of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Engineering and Deputy Chancellor for Engineering Emeritus.

For anyone desiring to honor the memory and legacy of Calhoun, the family invites contributions to be made to engineering education through the Texas A&M Foundation, as noted in his obituary.

Click HERE to view Calhoun’s obituary.

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Posted by on Dec 3 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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