Texas A&M AgriLife

Outstanding Alumni Awards and Outstanding Early Career Alumni Awards

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES 2014 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARDS
The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for outstanding leadership and significant contributions in agriculture, natural resources, life sciences, or related areas.

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Mr. Frank C. Litterst Jr. ’43

Mr. Frank Litterst Jr. ’43

A living legend in the Texas beef industry, Mr. Litterst was raised on a small Houston-area farm. He served in World War II, along with most of his Texas A&M classmates. His first job was in feed sales, but one of his father’s former classmates, Herman Heep, helped him get started in raising cattle. In 1965, he became a beef cattle specialist with the Texas Agricultural Education Adult Specialist Program, teaching over 12,000 ranchers through beef cattle short courses. Recruited by Dr. O. D. Butler to teach Animal Science and manage the Beef Cattle Center, he translated his ranching experience into a colorful classroom style that educated over 8,000 Aggies in 14 years. After retiring in 1989, he stayed active in AgriLife Extension cow-calf clinics and as a popular speaker at beef cattle demonstrations. He received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009.

 

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Dr. James O. Reagan ’68

Dr. James O. “Bo” Reagan ’68

Dr. Reagan grew up on a ranch in Lampasas, Texas. After receiving his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Animal Science at Texas A&M, he launched a career in meat science that has ranged from professor to meat industry consultant. As a researcher and executive with the National Live Stock and Meat Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, he made important contributions in the control of E. coli contamination, beef quality and nutrition, and beef cattle genomics. He helped develop and still leads the Beef Industry Food Safety Council and led the largest beef sustainability project ever conducted. He worked for Zoetis and recently established the Reagan Group LLC, where he is a consultant to the food industry. He received the American Meat Science Association’s Signal Service Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in 2013.

 

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Dr. José Manuel Cabrera Sixto ’90

Dr. José Manuel Cabrera Sixto ’90

While on the faculty at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Dr. Cabrera received a fellowship for graduate studies at Texas A&M, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Agricultural Engineering. He returned to Mexico to continue teaching and also served the University of Guanajuato in a number of leadership positions. In 2011, he was named president of the university, overseeing its five campuses. Throughout his career, he has promoted engineering education in Mexico through collaborations with Texas A&M, in a student exchange program and through cooperative faculty research. A supporter of social and economic development through education, he has fostered programs for the undeserved. He helped found the Mexican Association of Agricultural Engineers and is active in the Club of Bologna, a professional engineering association representing 49 countries.

 

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES 2014 OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER ALUMNI AWARDS
Established in 2012, the Outstanding Early Career Alumni Award recognizes and honors College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates who are 15 years or less post-graduation for outstanding leadership and significant contributions in career, public service, and/or volunteer activities.

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Mr. Kenneth D. Hogan ’99

Mr. Kenneth D. Hogan ’99

Mr. Hogan grew up on a family farm in El Campo, Texas, and received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M, serving in the Corps of Cadets. He earned his Executive MBA from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. He worked for two major banks, Amegy and BOKF N.A., where he co-developed an online trading platform and became an expert in foreign exchange banking. He established one of the first deliverable Chinese yuan trading programs in North America. In 2012, he joined Cadence Bank, N.A., as a senior vice president and established the Foreign Exchange Division in just four months. He is known for his passion for sharing knowledge, his humility, and his infectious enthusiasm. A past president of the MBA Council of Houston, he is a mentor to students and is a frequent speaker on macroeconomics, finance, and global risk management.

 

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Mr. Blaze K. Currie ’08

Mr. Blaze K. Currie ’08
Mr. Currie grew up on a farm in Seagraves, Texas, and was an early leader in 4-H and FFA. As a senior majoring in Agricultural Leadership, he interned with the Norman Borlaug Institute, organizing coffee growers in Rwanda as part of the USAID SPREAD project. On graduation, he traveled with the U.S. military as part of Team Borlaug,
helping rebuild agriculture in war-torn Iraq. After graduation, he worked for the Texas FFA Association and then the National FFA Officer Team, which represents more than 540,000 FFA members. He helped plan the National FFA Convention, which is considered the world’s largest convening of youth. In 2013, he became executive director of Texas-based AgriCorps, built on the Peace Corps and cooperative extension concepts. In 2014, he traveled to Liberia and
Ghana, starting 4-H clubs and teaching agriculture and leadership to youth.

 

 

 2014 RECIPIENTS

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Carl Anderson

Dr. Carl G. Anderson ’58

Anderson has been described by his peers as a consummate professional educator who has left an indelible mark on Texas agriculture. An agricultural economics professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist emeritus, Anderson served The Texas A&M University System for 36 years — 30 of those as leader of the Extension education effort to help cotton farmers successfully market their crops and manage risk. Anderson grew up in Taylor during the Great Depression. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1958, following service in the Army. He went on to earn his master’s at Louisiana State University in 1960 and his doctorate at Texas A&M in 1969. In the 1970s, as a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, he developed price risk management programs for cattle feedlot owners. In the 1980s, Anderson and colleagues developed a series of marketing education programs on cotton, grain and livestock pricing and risk management that provided the background for the award-winning Texas Extension Agricultural Economics Master Marketer program. His workshops allowed Extension agents throughout the South to prepare farmers for changes in the U.S. farm bills. At his retirement in 2004, the department of agricultural economics established a graduate assistantship in his name, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry.

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Frederick McClure

Mr. Frederick D. McClure ’76

McClure has served nationally in legislative affairs, including serving two U.S. presidents, and as managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of SNR Denton — one of the world’s 25 largest international law firms. In 2012, he returned to College Station as CEO of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. After one year as associate deputy U.S. Attorney General, McClure served a year as President Ronald Reagan’s special assistant for legislative affairs. In 1989, he became President George H. W. Bush’s assistant for legislative affairs, until 1992. He was also legislative director to U.S. Sen. John Tower, R-Texas. He is also a board member of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, which he chaired from 1998 to 2002.A native of San Augustine, McClure was State FFA President and National FFA Secretary — the first African-American student to hold a national FFA office. At Texas A&M,  he received the Brown-Rudder Outstanding Student Award and earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1976. He was Texas A&M’s first African-American Student Body President in 1976. He earned his law degree in 1981 at Baylor University, where he was later named a Herbert H. Reynolds Outstanding Young Alumnus. McClure served a six-year term on the Board of Regents of the A&M System, including two years as vice chairman. He was vice president of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students and a director of the 12th Man Foundation. He became the 115th Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M in 1991 and a Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry inductee for the department of agricultural economics in 1987.

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Monroe Fuchs

Mr. Monroe H. Fuchs ’56

In 1963, Fuchs began breeding the Ideal 236 chicken, which is more resistant than other breeds to the highly contagious Marek’s disease virus. He purchased Ideal Poultry from his parents in 1973. Three years later he introduced the Ideal Show Strain of broilers, which won top honors at the prestigious Houston Livestock Show for 13 consecutive years. Ideal introduced feather-sexing of newly hatched chicks for more than 90 breeds and also developed many new exotic varieties.At age 13, Fuchs was the youngest person ever to become Texas-certified as a poultry testing and selection agent. An honor graduate of  Yoe High School in Cameron, he received academic honors at Texas A&M while serving in the Corps of Cadets and the Ross Volunteers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in poultry husbandry in 1956 and his master’s in 1957. He served in the U.S. Air Force, where he qualified in the top 5 percent of all officers. Fuchs and his family own Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms, the nation’s largest supplier of recreational poultry. He received the Golden Feather Award from the Texas Poultry Federation in 1994 for his long-term support of the industry. Fuchs also has received the lifetime service award from the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, 50 years of perfect attendance in the Cameron Lions Club, the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and was inducted into the Yoe High School Hall of Honor. And he has served more than 35 years in Christian ministry to jail and prison inmates and their families. Additionally, Fuchs’ family is an Eppright Distinguished Donor, a 12th Man Foundation Endowed Donor and a Legacy Society member of the Texas A&M Foundation. They have established three endowed scholarships for students in the department of poultry science.

 

 

2012 Recipients 

Roscoe Dooley

Mr. Roscoe B. Dooley ’39 (1916–2005) (Posthumously)

Roscoe B. Dooley is considered a giant of Texas agriculture. After earning his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education at Texas A&M, he served in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star for bravery and five battle stars. Soon after earning his master’s degree at Texas A&M in 1946, he joined the faculty at San Angelo Junior College, now Angelo State University. Over his 30-year career he helped to develop what is now considered one of the top animal science departments in the Southwest. Mr. Dooley was Director Emeritus of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association, honored for his 25 years of service in 4-H and FFA activities. He was a founding member and the first president of the Professional Agricultural Workers Society, which formed Ag Workers Insurance and National Farm Life.

Allan Marburger

Mr. Allan A. Marburger ’60

Allan Marburger grew up on his family’s farm in Paige, Texas, and received an Opportunity Award Scholarship to Texas A&M, where he served in the Corps of Cadets and was a Ross Volunteer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1960, and worked as an agricultural statistician for the USDA Crop Reporting Service for 10 years. He returned to his family ranch in 1979 and is a self-employed beef cattle rancher and farmer. Very active in his home community, Mr. Marburger is also a generous supporter of Texas A&M, funding 77 endowed scholarships in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and other disciplines. In the renowned spirit of the Aggie Family, he has established a real estate gift of the farm that has been in his family for more than 125 years to fund an endowed scholarship in agriculture.

Horace McQueen

Mr. Horace F. McQueen ’60

Horace McQueen was the voice of agriculture in Texas for 36 years as owner, producer, and host of the Farm & Ranch News television program in West Texas from 1964 to 1973 and East Texas from 1973 to 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism at Texas A&M and found his true calling in broadcasting. Mr. McQueen traveled to over 50 countries, working to benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers. He was a vocal supporter of agricultural research, county Extension agents, 4-H, and FFA. His reporting helped to educate consumers about the benefits of farm-fresh foods long before the “eat locally” movement became popular. He and his wife, Carole, still operate their East Texas cattle and timber ranch, Queensdale Farms. They created an endowed scholarship for agricultural communications and journalism students at Texas A&M.

Jimmy Cheek

Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek ’69

Dr. Jimmy Cheek became the seventh chancellor of the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, in 2009, after serving at the University of Florida, Gainesville, for 34 years. He was professor and dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences until 2005, when he was named senior vice president at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He received the President’s Medallion for his service to the university. Dr. Cheek earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education with high honors from Texas A&M, as the first in his family to attend college. He returned to Texas A&M to earn his doctorate in 1975. As assistant dean at Florida, he helped to increase undergraduate enrollment by 120 percent. He is working to make UT a Top 25 public research university, setting a record for research expenditures in 2012. He was named one of 30 Notable Graduates of the College of Education at Texas A&M in 1999.

 

OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER ALUMNI AWARDS
Established in 2012, the Outstanding Early Career Alumni Award recognizes and honors College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates who are 15 years or less post-graduation for outstanding leadership and significant contributions in career, public service, and/or volunteer activities.

 

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Ms. Erin Morrow Hawley ’02

Erin Morrow Hawley, a 2002 graduate of Texas A&M with a BA in Animal Science, has since been busy combining her passion for teaching, legal practice, and agriculture.  Following graduation, Erin attended Yale Law School where she graduated with Honors.  While at Yale Law School, she served as a Coker Fellow (teaching assistant in constitutional law) and on The Yale Law Journal.  She then obtained a prestigious clerkship with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and went on to clerk for the nation’s highest lawyer, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.  As a lawclerk, Erin helped the Chief Justice prepare for cases, decide which cases the Supreme Court ought to hear, and write opinions.  The term Erin clerked, cases involved some of the most important legal issues of the day including the Executive’s ability to detain enemy combatants, the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms, and enforcement of the United States’ treaty obligations.  After finishing her clerkship, Erin joined the Department of Justice as counsel to United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey where she had the opportunity to represent the United States in oral argument.  She then joined King & Spalding’s national appellate practice litigating ground-breaking constitutional cases. Erin has briefed numerous cases in the Supreme Court of the United States as well as federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort. She has twice argued before the D.C. Court of Appeals and also represented the United States in oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Erin joined the University of Missouri’s School of Law in 2011 where she teaches, among other things, agricultural law.  She writes about agricultural law and federal court issues and continues to litigate serving as counsel to Bancroft LLP in Washington DC.

 

2012 Recipients

Rachel Cutrer

Ms. Rachel A. Cutrer ’01

A seventh-generation Brahman breeder and president of her own livestock advertising business, Ranch House Designs, Inc., Rachel Cutrer is considered an international expert in livestock advertising. Her business was named to the Mays Business School’s “Aggie 100” five times and has won 36 national design awards. In 2012, Ms. Cutrer published her first book, Livestock Merchandising, now used as a college textbook. She grew up on her family’s V8 Ranch in Southeast Texas. After earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science at Texas A&M, she received her master’s at Michigan State University. Rachel and her husband, Brandon, have developed their own registered Brahman operation, breeding the 2010 National Champion Brahman Female. The Cutrers support youth livestock programs and provide scholarships through Texas A&M, Michigan State, and the Texas Junior Livestock Association.

Cari Rincker

Ms. Cari B. Rincker, Esq. ’02

Cari Rincker owns Rincker Law in New York, N.Y., concentrating in food and agriculture law. She is a prolific writer; blogs on food, farm, and family law topics; and mentors other young women in agriculture. After earning her associate degree from Lake Land College in Illinois, she received her bachelor’s degree with honors in animal science at Texas A&M, where she was All-American in livestock judging and interned for Congressman Kevin Brady through the ANRP Program. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Illinois and her law degree at Pace University School of Law in New York. She co-owns Rincker Cattle Company, a SimAngus operation in Shelbyville, Illinois, where she grew up working on her family’s ranch.

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