The college recently lost its long-time friend Foreman Rush (F.R.) Bennett. An Aggie to the core, Bennett graduated from A&M in 1927 with a BBA and headed straight to Chicago for graduate school a year later.
He was a highly successful businessman, owning an insurance business in Dallas until he retired in 1970. Even in his 90s, he daily analyzed his investments, says his long-time friend Dr. Malcolm Richards, finance professor and director of the Texas Real Estate Center. “F.R. had a great sense of humor and incredible business insight,” he says.
Yet his business career came second to his love of his family, fishing and Texas A&M. Bennett was one of the college’s biggest champions, creating eight endowed scholarships and four chairs. Yet, Richards says Bennett expected nothing in return.
“He just adopted Texas A&M as his family and wanted to give back to his family,” says Richards. “A large number of students has benefited from the scholarships he established. His impact on the college and Texas A&M will be felt for years to come.”