William M. “Bill” Huffman ‘53 was born August 25, 1932, on a small farm in Harrison County, Texas, attended, played football and baseball at and graduated from Hallsville High School, and was awarded a scholarship to The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas at the 1949 Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo.
Bill graduated from A&M May 29, 1953, with a degree in Poultry Science and the same day was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Reserves.. After working for a newly organized farmer’s cooperative in Marshall, Texas, and serving two years active duty, he attended and graduated from tu law school in 1959.
He married Barbara J. Hemmenway, from Nederland, Texas, in 1963. They have two children: William M. Huffman, Jr., a Lieutenant in the Marshall Police Department, currently enrolled in the online Executive Masters of Public Service and Administration program at The Bush School, and Gay Lynn Huffman, a property manager in Austin.
Bill and Barbara lived in Marshall until purchasing a home in College Station in 2013, where much of their time is spent hosting and visiting with A&M current students or recent graduates. He practiced law in Marshall until he closed his practice in 1998 and since then has maintained a very limited practice. Pursuant to appointment and nine reappointments by the Supreme Court of Texas, he served on the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas thirty two years.
Bill served on the Marshall City Commission 1968 to 1978 and as Chairman from 1971 to 1978, as President of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, as chairman of the Harrison County Airport Advisory Board, and on the board of Good Shepherd Health System from January 1, 2009, and as chair from October 1, 2015, until its merger with Christus Health Systems February 1, 2017. He also served on boards of directors of Harrison County Hospital Association, Marshall Federal Savings & Loan Association, and First National Bank of Marshall, Texas.
He received “Marshall’s Outstanding Citizen Award” in 1971 and Hallsville Independent School District’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 1990. Bill was inducted into the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor April 2, 2016, named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University February 25, 2017, and an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences November 9, 2018. He and Barbara were named Honorary Maroon Coats by the Texas A&M Foundation April 9, 2017, and Fish Camp Namesakes in 2018. Bill is Co-Class Agent for the Class of 1953.
Barbara J. Huffman was born and attended public schools in Nederland, Texas, graduated from East Texas Baptist College in 1959 with a B. S. degree in Elementary Education. She was very active in campus life at East Texas Baptist College, now East Texas Baptist University (ETBU). Organizations of special interest to her were Future Teachers Association, Martian (annual) Staff and Student Government Association. She held numerous positions of leadership in each of them. She especially enjoyed serving as Vice President of the Student Government Association.
After graduation from East Texas Baptist College she taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in Marshall and while teaching met Bill Huffman in 1961 on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. They married in 1963, and are the parents of two children, William M. Huffman, Jr., a Lt. with the Marshall Police Department, and Gay Lynn Huffman who is in property management in Austin, Texas.
Barbara was a “stay at home mom” until Bill’s law office burned in January 1982 and she helped clean up, rebuild files and worked through construction of a new office, and then as bookkeeper and receptionist until retirement in 1998. Barbara was active in many organizations and served as president of Lady Lions on several occasions,
Barbara is a Lifetime member of the East Texas Baptist University Alumni Association and is a member of the Alumni Council. She served as secretary, vice president and four terms as president of the association, as well as numerous committee assignments through the years. Barbara was awarded the W. T. Tardy Development Award and the Golden Lightkeeper Award by the Alumni Association and proudly wears a Golden Blazer awarded to lifetime members of the Alumni Association who have made significant contributions to ETBU.
In 2011, the President and the Vice President for Advancement of East Texas Baptist University asked Barbara to help establish an Alumni Volunteer Center to assist the ETBU Advancement Office and she served as Coordinator of the Volunteer Center through August 2016. As Coordinator, she was responsible for securing volunteers and organizing and directing activities to assist and support the Advancement Office in fund raising activities and events and directed the Tiger club birthday mailings to club members who range in age from birth to 18 years.
The Huffman Activities Area in the ETBU Student Center was named in her honor in 2011 and in 2014 the Huffman Wing in Centennial Hall was named for Barbara and Bill. In December 2016, Barbara was honored as the first recipient of the Legacy Legend Award, given to Legacy of 1912 Society Members who reflect the spirit of servant leadership through their sacrificial service to ETBU.
Throughout their marriage, Barbara has shared Bill’s love for Texas A&M and they were named Honorary Maroon Coats by the Texas A&M Foundation April 9, 2017, and Fish Camp Namesakes in 2018.
While at A & M, Wes was a member of the Corps of Cadets, in A Engineers and 1st Regiment, 3rd Battalion staff. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in Math.
Wes spent 30 years in sales at IBM, took an early retirement package and another 8 years in sales at BMC Software in Houston. He retired in 1999.
Wes and Beverly moved to College Station at the end of 2010. They have 4 children, 12 grand kids and 10 great grand kids (all in Texas).
Wes is into everything AGGIE, with season tickets in football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. He is a member of the Quarterback Club, Dugout Club, and formerly “Blair’s Buddies”. He attended football camp for 16 years. He has volunteered at the Sports Museum and Hall of Champions. During tax season Wes volunteers for AARP Tax-Aide.
Wes loves traveling (especially with the Traveling Aggies), golf, gardening (he is a Master Gardener), and playing bridge.
Michael J. Hardy joined The Association team in September of 2012 after six years working in the Virginia legislature; three years as a Legislative Aide to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and for three years as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lt. Governor of Virginia. He began his Association tenure as an Internal Audit intern in the Department of Finance and in April of 2013, joined The Association team full time as the Manager of Internal Reporting before being promoted to Director of Compliance where he oversaw the internal audit function of The Association. Currently, Michael serves as the Director of Strategic Engagement. In this capacity he oversees the Texas A&M Advocacy Network working closely with the Vice President of Government Relations at Texas A&M University and the Vice-Chancellor for Federal and State Relations at the Texas A&M University System to use the worldwide Aggie Network to help advocate for issues of importance to Texas A&M University at both the state and federal level. Further, he monitors and advises management on legislative and regulatory matters, coordinates responses to industry-specific and other surveys on behalf of The Association, conducts research and provides consistent, applicable data as needed and manages the internal review function of The Association. Michael earned a BS in Political Science from Georgia Southern University in 2004 and his Master’s of Public Service and Administration from the Bush School at Texas A&M in 2013. He and his wife Megan live in College Station and have a daughter named Grayson.
Amy Jones is currently serving her fourth year on the Brazos County A&M Club Board of Directors, having previously served in a number of different roles on both the officer team and in other volunteer capacities with the Club. At Texas A&M, she received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Master’s Degree in Land Economics and Real Estate. Amy has 15 years of real estate experience working with two REITs, Regency Centers and Weingarten Realty. She also has consulting experience with Verizon and the Cities of Bryan and College Station.
As the Commercial Asset Manager for Oldham Goodwin Group, Amy’s primary focus is on the daily operations of property management and the financial reporting of the managed properties. She is also involved in the leasing and maintenance of the property’s value.
Jeremy is senior director of development for the Department of Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering. He assists donors in identifying the areas and programs in the department where their support will enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities. Jeremy joined the Foundation in April 2013.
Gary is a native of Bryan, Texas and received a BS in Chemistry from Texas A&M followed by an MS in Chemistry from The California Institute of Technology. For 22 years he held numerous positions in research and management with The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. Gary then was employed by Lloyd’s Register, Inc., a global company providing certification to international quality, environmental and safety standards for companies in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, chemical, medical devices and manufacturing. After 18 years Gary retired from Lloyd’s Register as the Americas Region Technical Operations Manager. Gary has been married to his wife, Judy, for 45 years and they are enjoying living on their Aggie Hill Ranch in Washington, Texas. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Much of Gary’s retirement time is spent attending grandchildren’s events, watching Aggie sports, and raising beef cattle.
Bruce joined the Department of Student Activities in 2016 after completing a Master of Arts at Bowling Green State University and working in higher education both in California and Ohio. Bruce is passionate about leadership development, research, and maximizing positive impacts on the world. Being originally from NY and having traveled to all 7 continents, Bruce is happy to call Aggieland home with his soon to be wife and dachshund
Eric Wylie is President of Element Retirement & Investment Consultants, a company he founded in 2011 after nearly two decades in banking and investments here in Bryan/College Station. While at Texas A&M, Eric was in the Corps of Cadets, served as a student body senator, and was an executive officer for the Business Student Council. Currently serving the Association of Former Students as a ’93 Class Agent, Eric was also an officer or director of the Brazos County A&M Club every year from 1997-2007, and served as President of the Club in 2002. Aside from this, he has been actively involved with the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce since 1994, serving as chairman of several committees during that time, and was the Treasurer of the Chamber for 2 years. He and his wife Joey are very involved in committees at A&M United Methodist Church, and they have 4 children ages 13-20.