Chrystal Houston, September 10th, 2010
When Gary Reger ’73 was asked to choose a school to receive a gift in his honor from the Beaumont Foundation of America, he didn’t have to think long about his answer. The resulting $1 million contribution from the foundation to Mays Business School will be matched to establish the $2 million Gary Neale Reger Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships for top students majoring in business honors.
“We are so thankful that Mr. Reger chose Texas A&M and Mays Business School to benefit from this gift,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “By supporting our Business Honors Program, this gift will help educate outstanding young persons whose actions and accomplishments will provide similar benefits to others in the future.”
Gary Reger ’73
(Photo: Mark Low)
Reger is a lawyer in Beaumont, Texas, where he primarily handles commercial litigation. The Beaumont Foundation is a nonprofit grant-making institution dedicated to enriching the lives and enhancing the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families, and the elderly. The foundation provides grants and scholarships to a broad range of charitable, religious, and educational organizations across the United States.
“I am blessed to have good friends who sit on the board of the foundation,” said Reger, naming board members Wayne Reaud, Jon Huntsman, and Gilbert “Buddy” Low. “Wayne Reaud and the other board members have a strong commitment to education. They told me they wanted to honor me with one of their many educational scholarships, and together we chose A&M. It was the opportunity for me to give back in a meaningful way.”
“Supporting these students is very exciting to me,” he says. Reger plans to be involved with scholarship recipients in a mentoring capacity.
A&M is a family tradition for Reger, who has had several relatives join him in wearing maroon. To honor this legacy, the gift is dedicated to Reger’s parents, Doris and Ronald Reger ’48, whom Reger credits with his success. “My mother was the most rabid Aggie,” he says. “It was almost painful to watch football with her, she would get so excited.” Reger’s daughter Stephanie ’92 and sister Rhonda ’79 also are Aggies.
Reger and his wife, Joette, live in Beaumont and Austin. In addition to their support of A&M, they are also active with the Reaud Family Shelter, a hospitality house for the families of patients at Baptist Beaumont Hospital. Reger holds a degree in marketing from A&M and a law degree from the University of Texas.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.