Former A&M Sports Information Director Spec Gammon Dies

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

A former Texas A&M Sports Information Director has died.
Spec Gammon passed away Wednesday night at his College Station home after a short battle with cancer.

The 84 year old had also battled Alzheimer's disease in recent years.

Gammon served as the Aggies' Sports Information Director for 19 years, working with Aggie football coaches Hank Foldberg, Gene Stallings, Emory Bellard and Tom Wilson.

During his time as SID, he helped promote All-Americans such as Bill Hobbs, Maurice Moorman, Steve O'Neal, Tommy Maxwell, Rolf Krueger, Dave Elemendorf, Pat Thomas, Garth Ten Naple, Ed Simonini, Lester Hayes, Robert Jackson, Tony Franklin and Jacob Green.
After retiring in the spring of 1982, Gammon continued to be an avid golfer on the courses in the Brazos Valley.

Gammon came to Aggieland in 1963 after serving 13 years as the sports editor of the Odessa American newspaper. Prior to his stint in Odessa, Gammon had worked in sports departments with newspapers in Seminole, Oklahoma, Borger, Amarillo and the valley edition of the San Antonio Express-News.

Born in Coalgate, Oklahoma, Gammon attended Eastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College (currently Eastern Oklahoma State College) prior to entering military service. After a three-year hitch with an armored infantry unit in the Third Army in Europe during World War II, Gammon finished his college work at Oklahoma State University where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Gammon was inducted into the Eastern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame in 1994.

Gammon is survived by his wife, Arla, their daughter, Marla Thomas and son-in-law Bob Thomas, son Greg Gammon and his wife, Anjelique, grandchildren Sam and Maggie Thomas and Hallie, Copeland and Braden Gammon.

Services for Gammon are Sunday at 2 o'clock at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley.


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