Judson Loupot '32, aka "Ol' Army Lou," lended a helping hand to Aggies for decades as the owner of Loupot's Bookstores, which grew to three locations in College Station before being bought out in 2012.
With the Ross Volunteers, Singing Cadets, Reveille and more than 300 people in attendance, Judson Loupot’s funeral in 1995 was a fitting and reflective testament to his tenure in Aggieland. A member of the Class of 1932, the 85-year-old legend spread maroon and white cheer in the Bryan-College Station community for more than half a century.
Known more commonly as “Ol’ Army Lou,” or simply, “Lou,” he arrived at Texas A&M in 1928 fresh off a small dairy farm near Dallas. “From the moment my dad stepped off the train, he could sense there was something special about Aggieland,” said Judson Loupot Jr. ’72, Lou’s son. As an entering freshman, Lou had only his high school ROTC uniforms to wear. To conform to the Corps of Cadets’ uniform regulations, he was forced to trade, wheel and deal to obtain the proper clothes. That’s when he got started in the clothing business.
By his junior year, fueled by his passion for people and bargaining, Lou ran a business out of his dorm room with roommate Olin Teague ’32 selling used clothes, books and anything else he could acquire. When a surprise inspection by the Commandant nearly got the pair kicked out of school, friends helped Lou open a warehouse at Northgate. This business eventually evolved into Loupot’s Bookstores, a long-running College Station staple that expanded to three locations before being bought out in 2012.
As the founder and face of Loupot’s Bookstores, Lou was nothing short of a local celebrity. Walking into the store on University Drive, students were greeted with a “Howdy” and a smile, plus a sign above the front entrance that read: “Through these doors pass the greatest men on Earth: Fightin’ Texas Aggies.” Loupot Jr., who helped his parents work the store after school, remembered how his dad lit up at every opportunity to interact with students.