Michael A. Murillo ’62 says that he knows the burden of the cost of education first-hand. He also knows the benefit of an Aggie education. That is why he and his wife, Patsy, have committed to a planned gift of $25,000 to endow a scholarship at Mays.

Michael A. '62 and Patsy Murillo
Michael A. ’62 and Patsy Murillo

“I can’t do enough for A&M,” says Murillo, who credits his success to the education he received here. His wife, though not a former student, is an even more die-hard Aggie than he is, he says. The Murillos, who will soon celebrate 50 years of marriage, enjoy attending Aggie football, basketball (men’s and women’s), and softball games. “Let’s put it this way: our blood is maroon,” says Murillo.

Of his time at A&M, Murillo says that in addition to the challenge of his college course work, paying for college was also a difficulty. He hopes his gift will help a student in similar circumstances.

“We truly appreciate the Murillos’ generosity,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Their gift will truly impact a number of young people by providing them with the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Murillo made his career with Continental Airlines, where he was director of planning and operations at the company headquarters in Houston. Today, he and Patsy live in College Station where they are enjoying retirement volunteering at their church, golfing, and spending time with their six grandchildren. The couple has two daughters, one of whom graduated from A&M in 1987. One of their granddaughters also graduated from A&M in 2006. “We have a legacy at A&M,” says Murillo.

In addition to his bachelor’s of business administration degree from A&M, Murillo also holds an MBA from Houston Baptist University.

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.