Campus Life

President Young: The Aggie Community Mourns Barbara Bush

April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush commencement
Former First Lady Barbara Bush stands alongside former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush during a Texas A&M University commencement ceremony in 2005. (Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications)
By Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Aggies have heavy hearts at the passing of Barbara Bush.

By any standard, Mrs. Bush was a role model, dedicated to the betterment of our nation through public service, along with her husband, George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States.

The common values shared by the Bush Family and Texas A&M are undeniable: love of country, commitment to family, and dedication to serve the public good.

When the Bushes chose our campus to house the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush School of Government and Public Service, it forever solidified loving and supportive relations between the Bushes and the university.

President and Mrs. Bush both made frequent visits to Texas A&M for events, including commencements, sporting events and visits with students, especially those at the Bush School of Government and Public Service where graduate students follow in the footsteps of the Bushes, devoting their lives to public service.

The beautiful Bush complex is a stunning backdrop for campus activities and, for the past 21 years, it has been the scene of events and celebrations for the Texas A&M family, the community and beyond. The serene pond behind the Bush Library is a wonderful place for reflection and quiet time.

Mrs. Bush was a leading force behind numerous causes during her life. She was dedicated especially to bettering the lives of parents and their children, including the establishment of the Barbara Bush Parent Center on George Bush Drive.

The interment of Mrs. Bush will be on the Library and Museum grounds here at Texas A&M on Saturday. She will be buried beside her daughter, Robin, who passed away at the age of three after battling leukemia.

Barbara Bush Interment At Texas A&M University On Saturday

Details are forthcoming from university communications on motorcade viewing opportunities for the campus community and general public.

Our most sincere condolences to the Bush family as they have suffered an immeasurable loss. They are endeared to Aggies, and we to them.

In lieu of flowers, the Bush family would like donations made to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, where well-wishers can also leave personal tributes.

We were so touched that Bush School students organized a candlelight vigil last night at the pond behind Bush Library.

Marti and I are honored to have known such a remarkable public servant, who will no doubt continue to inspire others for many years to come.


Michael K. Young

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