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.