Blake Parrish, November 1st, 2006
ThoughÂ Charlotte and C. Fagg SanfordÂ are among the only ones in their families who haven’t attended Texas A&M, they can’t deny their Aggie pride.
The Sanfords have committed an endowed fund of $100,000 to Mays. This gift creates the Wm. Hugh Meyer ’51 Learning Endowmentâ€”named in honor of Charlotte’s fatherâ€”and will support faculty, students, facilities and technology at Mays.
Hugh Meyer was the captain of the Texas A&M football team, playing center in the late 40s and early 50s. “He was an absolutely committed, die-hard Aggie,” Fagg Sanford said, “and he was a very special man to both of us.”
As a former assistant professor of cardiology, Sanford knows the importance of education. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from SMU, his medical degree from UT Southwestern and his post-grad from Washington University. He now oversees the business side of medicine with his cardiology practice in Tyler.
Charlotte Sanford, who has worked for the Baylor Medical Center and the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, now makes up part of the 96-member staff of her husband’s practice.
“The Sanfords’ most generous gift is a testimony to their love for Texas A&M,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “While they did not attend Texas A&M, I do not know many more enthusiastic Aggies than they. Because of their generosity, generations of our future students will have the opportunity to receive a world-class education. They have made their mark on our school in a significant manner.”
The Sanfords have three childrenâ€”Lauren ’07, Christopher and Cynthiaâ€”to grace their 23 years of marriage. It was Lauren, a Mays management major, who first introduced the Sanfords to Mays and to business school practices.
“We came to admire the program so much,” Fagg Sanford said. Before meeting Strawser and seeing what the program had to offer, Sanford admits he didn’t understand what a business school could offer. “It’s been a real eye-opening experience for us. This gift is our way of showing how very much we think of Mays and Dean Strawser.”