Texas A&M University will recognize the lifetime achievements of five former members of the university’s Corps of Cadets during a Corps Hall of Honor induction ceremony Saturday (Feb. 7). The inductees are Dr. James H. “Red” Duke, Jr. of Houston, Class of 1950; Lt. Col. (Ret) Donald R. “Buck” Henderson of College Station, Class of 1962; Col. (Ret) Donald E. Crawford of Frisco, Class of 1964; Bill E. Carter of Dallas, Class of 1969 and Jerry S. Cox of Houston, Class of 1972.
Established in 1993, the Corps Hall of Honor pays tribute to former students who exemplify the values upon which the corps is founded: honor, loyalty, service, patriotism and leadership.
The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Rudder Auditorium.
Duke received a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M, a bachelor of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of medicine from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He served in the Texas National Guard and was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army, 2nd Armored Division. Through his medical professional years, he has had 25 academic and hospital appointments, membership and participation in over 40 professional and civic organizations and holds six visiting professorships at prestigious universities across the nation. He spent two years with a team developing a medical school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Duke has been very active in several wildlife conservation groups, including being president of the Boone and Crockett Club, president of the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep and founder and president of the Texas Big Horn Society. He was instrumental in the development of Memorial Hermann’s Life Flight program as well as
bringing this Houston facility to Level 1 Trauma Center designation. Duke has appeared as a medical consultant on numerous news and documentary productions and hosted the nationally syndicated television show, “Dr. Red Duke’s Health Reports,” which aired for over 18 years.
Henderson received a bachelor of science in sociology and a master of science in educational psychology from Texas A&M. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years, including overseas assignments in Germany and Vietnam. Henderson received the National Defense Transportation Association Distinguished Service Award in 1977. Before his retirement in 2007, he served Texas A&M as the director of facilities and assistant executive director of programs at The Association of Former Students, the director of the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center and was an assistant professor of military science and assistant commandant in the Office of the Commandant. He has served on many committees and boards for Texas A&M, including the 12th Man Foundation, The Association of Former Students, the Aggie Band Association and the Corps of Cadets Association. He is a former vice president of the Brazos Valley A&M Club, served as ’62 Class Agent with The Association and has spoken at over 20 Aggie Muster ceremonies.
Crawford received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Texas A&M. After four years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, he served in the Air Force Reserves for 26 years in numerous command positions. He was the owner of Southwest Shelving Company with manufacturing plants in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Crawford was the regional commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy admission program in north Texas, and chairman of the advisory panel to the director of admission at USAFA for ten years. In 1989, he assisted in the development of the Corps Recruiting Office and Corps Leadership Outreach Program at Texas A&M. Crawford was instrumental in founding the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association (CCA) in 1993 and currently serves as its executive director. The CCA has grown to more than 12,500 members, sponsors over 36 programs designed as quality-of-life programs for cadets, publishes a quarterly magazine, “The Guidon”, and the corps yearbook, the “Quadrangle”. The
CCA maintains a database of more than 46,500 former members of the Corps of Cadets and has provided more than $1.5 million in support for corps programs. Crawford also serves on the Corps Development Council and the Texas A&M President’s Corps of Cadets Board of Visitors.
Carter received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M. After graduation, he was commissioned into and served in the U.S. Army. Carter began his financial services career as a planner with Financial Services Corporation in Dallas and served on various civic boards and associations, including serving as president of the International Association for Financial Planning, the Foundation for Financial Planning and the CFP Board of Standards. He is currently the president of Carter Financial Management, a wealth management company in Dallas. As a student, Carter served as student body president and corps adjutant his senior year and was a distinguished military graduate. Carter has served on many committees and boards for Texas A&M including the Texas A&M President’s Corps of Cadets Board of Visitors, the board of directors of the 12th Man Foundation, past president of The Association of Former Students and chairman of the board of the Texas A&M Foundation.
Cox received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M, a master’s degree in theological studies from Houston Baptist University and an honorary doctorate of laws from Pepperdine University. He is currently president and chairman of Cox & Perkins Exploration Inc. in Houston. Cox has been a major donor behind several enhancements of Texas A&M including the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball and the Jerry and Kay Cox Endowed Chair at the Mays Business School. He was honored as a distinguished alumnus by both the Mays Business School and The Association of Former Students. Cox has served on many boards and committees at Texas A&M, including the Texas A&M Foundation, the Development Council at the Mays Business School and the Corps Development Council. He is a former director and president of the 12th Man Foundation and the presiding chairman of the One Spirit One Vision campaign.
The Corps Hall of Honor has inducted a total of 66 former cadets who have lived a life that exemplifies the Aggie Spirit.-30-
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