R. Bowen Loftin

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin had many legacies as Texas A&M's 24th president.

Feb. 12, 2010: R. Bowen Loftin was appointed as Texas A&M's 24th president. As a member of the class of 1971, he was the fifth Aggie to serve as president of the university. He previously served as interim president and as chief executive officer of A&M's Galveston branch campus.

Loftin retired from A&M in January 2014 to become chancellor at the University of Missouri.

Feb. 12, 1899: The temperature dropped to -4 degrees in Bryan when the worst cold front on record swept through Texas. Dallas recorded -11. Galveston Bay froze over enough to drive a team and wagon from Galveston to Point Bolivar.

A&M students burned more than "3,000 cords of wood in their efforts to keep warm," according to A Centennial History of Texas A&M by Henry Dethloff.

Feb. 12, 1973: Two F-105 Aggie pilots were released after being POWs in Vietnam: Capt. Robert N. Doughtrey, class of 1955 (captured Aug. 2, 1965) and Lt. James E. Ray, class of 1963 (captured May 8, 1966).

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.