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Celebrating The Life Of A Great Aggie Historian

Dear Aggies,

Our university suffered a loss last week with the passing of scholar, author and renowned Aggie historian Henry Clay Dethloff, a professor emeritus of history at Texas A&M who literally wrote the book (among many works) on our institution – A Centennial History of Texas A&M University: 1876-1976.

Capturing the bold vision of leaders, resources and changes in infrastructure in detail, Henry made clear in his Centennial History book that, “A college is not legislation or buildings – it is people and ideas.” More than 142 years after our founding, that remains very much the case.

Henry began as a professor of history here 1969 and served as department head from 1980-85. By all accounts, Henry was an inspiration and a mentor to thousands of students and fellow historians.

In 2017, I had the honor of being introduced before the State of the University address by Henry’s granddaughter, Abbey Dethloff, class of 2021, herself a Presidential Scholar. I share again a video about Abbey and Henry that first played prior to my address that day.

In advance of his funeral service tomorrow, we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, including his wife Myrtle Anne, their sons Carl and Clay, Abbey and other family and many friends.

Michael K. Young