Texas A&M University President Ray Bowen answers a question about the future of the school's bonfire during a news conference Friday, June 16, 2000 in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M bonfire, a student-run, pre-game tradition that turned deadly for 12 Aggies last year, will be replaced by a memorial service this fall and won't return to campus until at least 2002, the university's president announced Friday. Bowen said the 90-year tradition would return in a drastically different form, with far greater univerity supervision and a professionally engineered design.

June 30, 2002: A&M President Dr. Ray M. Bowen, Class of '58, stepped down after eight years in the office. Bowen was appointed June 1, 1994.

June 30, 1853: Maj. Robert Page Walter Morris was born. He was the first commandant of the Corps of Cadets. Morris also headed the Department of Applied Mathematics from 1876 to 1879.

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