This past Friday Tarleton State University dedicated a bronze statue of Bryan resident U.S. Air Force Colonel Bea Marin.
Marin died in 2008, but not before she lived a trailblazing life. She was a key player in the School of Nursing at Tarleton for several years, and she was the first Hispanic Female to earn the rank of a full Air Force Colonel.
Marin lived in Bryan during the early parts of her life and is aunt and godmother of Bryan City Councilman Reuben Marin, who remembers his "Tia B" with great fondness.
"I had a special bond with her--she was just a special woman, unique, had a huge heart," said Marin. "I think that is why she was called into the nursing profession: she loved to give back to people and to help people."
And while Marin says his aunt's "accomplishments speak for themselves," he says he is working with the City of Bryan to create a proclamation ceremony to honor the late Col. Bea Marin.
See the full conversation with Reuben Marin in the video player above.