Funeral services are set for Saturday for a longtime Texas A&M administrator who died Monday.

Carol J. Cantrell, a senior associate vice president in the Office of the Vice President of Research, worked at Texas A&M and the Texas A&M University System for more than 45 years.

Texas A&M administrators announced her death in a campus email Tuesday.

“Carol was an invaluable asset to the Texas A&M research enterprise,” Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau said in the email. “She also was a rare person, and we were all fortunate to have known her, to have worked with her, and to have called her our friend and colleague.”

Cantrell earned her master’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M and joined the staff of the Texas A&M Experiment Station in 1973.

She served as the A&M System’s vice chancellor for engineering from 1979 to 2005, when she was named to her most recent role as senior associate vice president for the university’s Division of Research.

A celebration gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hillier Funeral Home in College Station. Services on Saturday will begin at 1 p.m. at All Faiths Chapel on the Texas A&M campus.

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