Texas A&M AgriLife

Outstanding Alumni Awards and Outstanding Early Career 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.

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.


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.

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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