While cradled in the mountains of Colorado, far from McAllen and Aggieland, the lovebirds watched football games from their rival alma maters on the couch with their golden retriever family members. Anna had attended the University of Houston and University of South Carolina, and although her team frequently tasted defeat at the hands of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies, she never made a show of losing.
Even with their friendly collegiate rivalry, it was Anna who first suggested that Chris demonstrate their shared passion for Texas A&M by endowing a scholarship. While she never attended the university, she knew that Chris loved Aggieland, and she loved him. When Anna unexpectedly passed in 2021, Chris knew he had to honor the love of his life by fulfilling their shared goal. He used his life insurance policy to plan the Anna Maria and Christopher A. Andrews ’79 Foundation Excellence Award. Their scholarship will aid underserved RPTS majors from McAllen.
“Being an Aggie taught me how to get through life,” Chris explained. “A degree at Texas A&M prepares you to live without compromising yourself.”
Today, Anna’s legacy lives on through the lives she touched. But one day, a teenager from the Rio Grande Valley will attend Texas A&M and be moved by the legacy that she and Chris created together.
Want to direct your dollar to support your passions at Texas A&M? Contact Angela Throne ’03 at the bottom of this page.