COLLEGE STATION, TX – A memorial service honoring the life of Col. Tom Parsons ’49 will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.
Parsons was Commandant of the Corps from 1971 until 1977. He is also the namesake of the Parsons Mounted Calvary. Parsons died Monday, Mar. 23 in Houston. He was 80 years old.
Before World War I, A&M trained cadets in horsemanship and cavalry tactics. At its peak, the school’s cavalry unit trained more than 500 young men. But by 1943, technology made horses obsolete in battle, so cavalry training was removed from cadet education.
In 1972, three cadets turned to Parsons to help re-establish the horse cavalry. Parsons gave his blessing, and in return, they named the cavalry in his honor.
In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family requests that memorials may be made to Parsons Mounted Cavalry at Texas A&M University.