John Koldus III, Texas A&M's former vice president for student services, has died. He was 89.
Koldus was appointed vice president for student services in 1973, a position he held for 20 years. Upon his retirement in 1993, the Texas A&M University System's Board of Regents named the student services building in his honor.
The university said Koldus, who lived in College Station, died Monday.
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young said Koldus' vision for "a university that served students of every background ... left an indelible mark" on the campus. "Aggies of the past, present and future thank him," Young said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
Koldus was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1930 and attended Lee Wallace High School. He played football and baseball at Arkansas State University and was named to the Associated Press Little All-American Football Team in 1951, and was Arkansas' Golden Gloves middleweight champion in 1953.
He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1953 and served as an officer in the U.S. Army before teaching and coaching at high schools in Texas and Arkansas.
He earned his master's and doctorate degrees in education in 1959 and 1964, respectively, at the University of Arkansas. He was an instructor at the university before joining the faculty at East Texas State University, where he served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
He was voted by the Texas A&M Student Senate as the university's outstanding administrator in 1974, and he was elected president of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce in 1977.
Visitation is set for Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hillier Home in College Station, with services scheduled Friday at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. The funeral will include Texas A&M's Singing Cadets, Ross Volunteers and buglers.