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Aggies Honor The Legacy Of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

April 18, 2018

Members of the Texas A&M University community
Members of the Texas A&M University community gather at the at the Presidential Pond beside the Bush Library Tuesday night. (Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications)
By Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications

Shortly after the news of Barbara Bush’s passing reached Texas A&M University’s campus Tuesday night, Aggies in College Station and her admirers around the world took time to honor the former First Lady and offer their condolences to the Bush family.

Fans at Blue Bell Park for the Texas A&M versus Texas State baseball game rose to their feet to take part in a moment of silence during the 7th inning.

President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush were regular fixtures at Blue Bell Park and university athletic events for more than 20 years, including a 2016 baseball game where President Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Aggies took on Yale.

Across campus, more than 100 Texas A&M students gathered at the Presidential Pond beside the Bush Library at 10 p.m. for a candlelight vigil honoring Mrs. Bush.

The group sang hymns, gave remarks and took part in a moment of silence. Mrs. Bush made regular appearances at Bush School events for more than 20 years, sitting in the front row alongside President Bush at lectures, film screenings and panel discussions.

She also headlined the Reading Discovery Learning Program at the Bush Library for the last 10 years, where she read to elementary and middle school students around the world via live stream.

Members of the Texas A&M campus community and admirers abroad offered their appreciation of and condolences for Mrs. Bush and the Bush family in the hours after her passing.

Members of the Texas A&M University community sing hymns to honor the legacy of Barbara Bush Tuesday night. (Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications)
Members of the Texas A&M University community sing hymns to honor the legacy of Barbara Bush Tuesday night. (Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications)

Texas A&M University and Texas A&M System leaders also offered their condolences Tuesday night.

  • “Today, the Aggie nation is mourning a family member,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “In a very real sense Barbara Bush was a mother figure to all Aggies because of her towering example of selfless service to family and nation. She endeared herself to us forever.”
  • “We offer our prayers and condolences to the Bush family tonight. First Lady Barbara Bush was an exemplary public servant,” Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young said. “It remains an honor that Texas A&M University was chosen to house the President’s Library, as well as the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and the Bush Foundation. We will always strive to live up to her legacy of service.”

A full press release including additional comments from Bush Foundation and Bush Library leadership is available on Texas A&M Today. Logistics information for the motorcade and interment of Mrs. Bush is forthcoming.

Texas A&M Student Body President Bobby Brooks expressed his thanks to the Bush Family.

The Traditions Council thanked Mrs. Bush for her leaving a legacy of selfless service.

The Texas A&M Foundation showed their appreciation to Mrs. Bush, “a friend of Aggies everywhere.”

Individuals who interacted with the former First Lady at Texas A&M reflected upon her life.

Jon Meacham, a George H.W. Bush biographer who has visited the Bush Library on multiple occasions, penned an op-ed in the New York Times about the “First Lady Without Apologies.”

https://twitter.com/jmeacham/status/986411604718882817

Condolences from current and former students continue to pour in on social media.

https://twitter.com/JulieNelson_/status/986412057565294592

https://twitter.com/Mikey_Contreras/status/986401935761821696

https://twitter.com/chrisriggins6/status/986393015395717121

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