Bobby returned home from the war in 1946 as a first lieutenant and completed his degree at Texas A&M in animal husbandry and business in 1948. Alan, born in Aggieland in 1947, was immersed in his father’s love for Texas A&M from the start. After his parents’ lives, the loyal son did not hesitate to fulfill one of his father’s final wishes: give $500,000 to Texas A&M to support cadets.
His Aggie dad had planned his support for the Corps of Cadets years before when he and his wife, Betty, used their property (valued at $137,000) to fund a charitable remainder unitrust. From 1996 to Betty’s passing in 2021, the trust paid out 7% annual distributions to Alan’s parents, totaling approximately $177,000 in payments to them, with the remaining funds of nearly $90,000 reinvested in endowed Corps of Cadets scholarships.
Recently, Alan added an additional cash gift from his parents’ estate, fulfilling his father’s wish. Beyond that, he continues to honor his memory by sharing the miraculous story of white sheets and war bravery many times over. “Dad was an Aggie, a strong Aggie,” he expressed. “Cadets should be inspired to serve our country bravely as he did.”
The Betty and Bob Stahlman ’45 Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by Alan’s parents, supports members of the Corps of Cadets from Comal County, Texas, where the Stahlmans called home. “Like my father, I want to be incredibly supportive of cadets from Comal County,” Alan said. “I hope this endowment reminds cadets that there were many Aggies before them who gave their lives to be where we are today.”
For more information on how to support the Corps of Cadets with a planned gift or to learn the benefits of leaving your legacy through a charitable remainder unitrust like the Stahlmans, contact Angela Throne ’03 at the bottom of this page.