In Loving Memory
In April 2018, on the couple’s way home to West Virginia after a long trip visiting family, Sue tragically passed away in a car accident. Remembering his mother, their son Raymond penned in a Facebook post that Sue had always “enjoyed the simple things like sunshine, flowers, fresh air, and the sounds of the birds, but most of all, the sound of children at play.”
To memorialize Sue, Jim chose to honor their shared passion for Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets with a $50,000 endowed Gen. Rudder Corps Scholarship in Sue’s name that rewards cadets who demonstrate leadership. Since she also loved the fine arts, Jim further created a gift with the Parkersburg Community Foundation for the Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony in her memory.
As for what the Corps gave to him, Jim believes he gained self-confidence and a profound sense of honesty. “I simply enjoyed the Corps,” he said. Hoping to see Corps enrollment numbers climb over the coming decades, he added, “I just hope this scholarship helps someone overcome financial difficulties and excel in their outfit.”
Unlike many Aggie couples who get to tell stories about their Century Tree proposal, Ring Dance memories or falling in love over a textbook, Jim and Sue found each other far from Texas. Jim already felt that the university was part of him by the time he met Sue, and Sue got the chance to discover what it means to embody the Aggie Spirit through the man she married. Whether their scholarship recipient chooses to stay in Texas or ventures abroad, their life will always be impacted by a love story that started with a boy, a girl and a swimming pool.