|Awards 1991 - 1994|
Political Advisor and University Benefactor
Mr. Christian has served The University in his roles as a vigorous fundraiser for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope and as a member of the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors. A journalism graduate of The University, he has also supported UT Austin as a member of its Centennial Commission. His friends provided two endowed professorships in the names of Mr. Christian and his wife. He has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of UT Austin and an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Communication. Mr. Christian has served Governors Price Daniel and John B. Connally and President Lyndon B. Johnson as Press Secretary. A former journalist, he has written and edited several books about the presidency and Texas politics.
Jean Welhausen Kaspar
Civic Leader and University Benefactor
Since graduating in 1952 with a bachelor of arts degree in applied mathematics from The University. Mrs. Kaspar has served in several positions in business, and in numerous civic, historical, and educational organizations. She is a member of the Natural Sciences Advisory Council and has a long history of service to the Ex-Students' Association, including a term as the organization's first woman president. Mrs. Kaspar has also served on the Chancellor's Council, the UT Centennial Commission, the UT Development Board, the President's Associates, and the Woman's Athletic Council. Outside the university, Mrs. Kaspar served as president of 4K Ranch Properties and Investments. Among her many distinctions she was named South Texas Woman of the Year in 1992.
Biochemist, Educator, and President Emeritus
As the first woman to head a major United States university, Dr. Rogers served as President of UT Austin from 1975 to 1979. She spent the previous eleven years in administrative roles such as President ad interim, Vice President, and Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Rogers was appointed as a professor of nutrition in 1962 at The University and her teaching abilities merited a UT Student Association Teaching Excellence Award in 1963. Outside of The University, she sat on the Texas Board of Directors for 13 years and was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Philanthropic Foundation. Dr. Rogers received a bachelor's degree in english (1934) from North Texas State College, and a masters in chemistry (1946) and doctorate in biochemistry (1948) from The University.
Peter T. Flawn
Geologist, Educator, and University President
Dr. Flawn, President Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Natural Sciences Foundation Advisory Council, works actively with many scientific and professional groups, and has published extensively in the field of mineral resources. A National Academy of Engineering member, he has served The University of Texas System in many administrative capacities, including President of UT Austin (1979-85), President of UT San Antonio (1973-77), UT Austin Executive Vice President (1972-73), and Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (1960-1970). Dr. Flawn joined the Bureau in 1949 after receiving graduate degrees (M.S., 1948; Ph.D. 1951) in geology from Yale University, and a bachelor's degree (1947) from Oberlin College.
Jack E. Myers
Botanist, Zoologist, and Educator
Dr. Myers, Professor Emeritus of Botany and Zoology, has received much recognition for his scientific and educational accomplishments. In addition to being named a National Academy of Sciences member and holding a National Institutes of Health Research Career Award, Dr. Myers has published 135 articles during 50 years of distinguished research of photobiology. He has served for more than 30 years as a science editor for Highlights for Children, a popular children's magazine distributed internationally. Dr. Myers joined UT Austin in 1941 as an Assistant Professor in Zoology, after receiving his Ph.D. degree (1939) from The University of Minnesota, a M.S. degree (1936) from Montana State College, and a bachelor's degree (1934) from Juniata College.
Curtis T. Vaughan, Jr.
Corporate Executive and Research Benefactor
Mr. Vaughan, Chairman of the Board of Vaughan & Sons, Inc., is a member of the Department of Astronomy/Mc Donald Observatory Board of Visitors and served as its Chairman (1972-82). In 1983, he endowed the Curtis T. Vaughan, Jr. Centennial Chair in Astronomy to UT Austin. Mr. Vaughan is on the UT System Chancellor's Council and worked on the UT Centennial Commission. He is active in the San Antonio area with many professional and philanthropic interests. Mr. Vaughan received a bachelor's degree (1948), magna cum laude, from Harvard University, followed by an M.B.A. degree with Distinction (1950) from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard and was named a Baker Scholar at the Business School.
Donald M. Carlton
Corporate Executive and Chemist
Donald M. Carlton, a native of Houston, is President and Chairman of the Board of Radian Corporation, a company he helped create in 1969. Dr. Carlton began his career at Sandia Corporation in 1962 and subsequently served as a senior scientist at Tracor, Inc. He earned a B.S. (1958) from the University of St. Thomas, and a Ph.D. (1962) in organic chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. A member of the National Sciences Foundation Advisory Council since 1980, he served as a Chairman from 1987 through 1991. Strongly committed to civic affairs and a member of numerous boards, Dr. Carlton was honored as Austin Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990 and was named Chairman of the Texas Chamber of Commerce in 1991.
James R. Moffett
Corporate Executive and Geologist
James R. Moffett, born in, Houma, Louisiana, and raised in Houston, is chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport McMoRan Inc. Before he directed the 1981 merger of Freeport Minerals Corporation and McMoRan Oil and Gas Co., Mr. Moffett led McMoRan Exploration Co., with two other partners for nearly 12 years. He received a B.S. (1961) with special honors in geology from The University and was a two-year letterman football player. Mr. Moffett also earned a M.S. (1963) in geology from Tulane University. He has established several endowments at UT Austin including three in the College of Natural Sciences, and has received many awards, including The University's Distinguished Alumnus Award (1989)
J. Virgil Waggoner
Corporate Executive and Chemist
J. Virgil Waggoner, a native of Judsonia, Arkansas, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Chemicals, Inc., a company he and a small group organized in 1986. Mr. Waggoner previously served as President of El Paso Products Company and as a consultant in the petrochemical industry. Mr. Waggoner also worked for Monsato Company for 30 years, leading as Group Vice President in 1980. He received a B.S. (1948) in chemistry and mathematics from Ouachita Baptist University, and a M.S. (1950) in chemistry and mathematics from UT Austin. He is Vice Chairman of the Natural Sciences Foundation Advisory Council and a member since 1982. In 1991, he provided an endowment to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Artist, Writer, and Naturalist
Dr. Andrews received a B.S. degree in Home Economics from The University of Texas at Austin (1944) and a Ph.D. degree in Art from the University of North Texas (1976). Dr. Andrews is a prolific writer and is the author of the internationally recognized book Peppers: The Domesticated Capsicums. An accomplished artist, Dr. Andrews' paintings are extensively exhibited. The La Doctora Jean Andrews building in Monteverde, Costa Rica, symbolizes her many years of humanitarian work in that country. Other honors include a 1991 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Texas, election to the Texas Institute of Letters, and appointment to the National Advisory Board of Leadership America.
Thomas D. Barrow
Geologist and Corporate Executive
Dr. Barrow received degrees in Petroleum Engineering (B.S., 1945) and Geology (M.A., 1948) from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. degree in geology from Stanford University (1953). Dr. Barrow's corporate positions have included Senior Vice President and Director of Exxon Corporation, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kennecott Corporation, and Vice Chairman and director of Standard Oil Company (Ohio). Dr. Barrow is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin has recognized his accomplishments by naming him a Distinguished Alumnus (1982), a Distinguished Graduate of Engineering (1970), and a Distinguished Graduate of Geological Sciences (1985).
John F. Bookout Jr.
Geologist and Corporate Executive
Mr. Bookout received the B.S. (1947) and M.A. (1950) degrees in geology from The University of Texas at Austin. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Shell Oil Company from 1976-1988. He received the UT Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1981 and a Geological Sciences Distinguished Graduate Award in 1985. Mr. Bookout was elected to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall of Fame in 1976, received the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the American Petroleum Institute in 1988, and received the Excellence in Exploration Leadership Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1990.
Denton A. Cooley, M.D.
Physician and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Cooley received a B.A. degree in zoology (1941) with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.D. degree (1944) from The John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cooley has pioneered open-heart surgery and surgical treatment of diseases of the aorta and heart. He performed the first successful human heart transplant in the United States in 1968, and the first implant of a totally artificial heart in 1969. Dr. Cooley is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Texas Heart Institute, which he founded.
Chemist, Educator, and University President
Dr. Hackerman received A.B. (1932) and Ph.D. (1935) degrees in Chemistry from the John Hopkins University. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1945 and became Vice President and Provost in 1961. He later served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the UT System and, in 1967, became President of The University of Texas at Austin. He was President of Rice University from 1970 until his retirement as President Emeritus in 1985. Dr. Hackerman is a distinguished chemist and has received many honors for scientific accomplishments including membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. He continues to serve the nation through membership on numerous scientific and educational boards.