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Texas A&M Athletics Supporter Arthur McFerrin Jr. Passes Away at Age 74

(Source: 12th Man Foundation)

One of Texas A&M Athletics’ most passionate supporters and finest friends has passed away.

Arthur R. “Artie” McFerrin Jr. died this morning in Houston. A proud member of the Class of 1965, McFerrin was 74 years old.

McFerrin’s legacy of unyielding support for A&M will live on in perpetuity. Artie and his wife, Dorothy, placed an unequaled mark on the trajectory of Aggie Athletics and faithfully supported the department through word and deed for decades.

The McFerrins were lead gift donors for the McFerrin Athletic Center (Texas A&M football’s indoor practice facility), the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball, the R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center, the Kyle Field Redevelopment Campaign, the construction of Blue Bell Park and the Watts Cross Country Course.

The McFerrin’s devotion to Texas A&M is not limited to athletics, and their impact has been felt across the entire campus.

Through the years, Artie’s jovial smile, booming voice and unyielding passion have been mainstays at many of Texas A&M’s athletic venues.

“It is not possible to overstate the impact that Artie and Dorothy McFerrin have had on this university, this athletic department and this organization,” said Travis Dabney, interim president and CEO of the 12th Man Foundation. “The McFerrins provided leadership and support that positively changed the direction of Aggie Athletics. Artie’s enthusiasm was contagious, and everyone associated with Texas A&M will miss him tremendously.”

The thoughts and prayers of the entire 12th Man Foundation staff and Board of Trustees are with the McFerrin family.

Remembering Artie McFerrin ’65

Texas A&M Football Coach Kevin Sumlin
“When you talk about Aggies and former students who have truly made a difference for Texas A&M Athletics, the names Artie and Dorothy McFerrin have to be at the top of the list. Their generosity and love for Texas A&M has touched the lives of many of our student-athletes. If you walk through our facilities, you can see the McFerrin name literally stamped on almost every facet of our program and yet he was very unassuming. Artie has been a special friend to me, and his personality and smile are always something I looked forward to seeing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy and the entire McFerrin family at this time.”

Story courtesy of 12th Man Foundation

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Posted by on Aug 8 2017. Filed under Sports.
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