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Jack Millender

It was a foregone conclusion where Jack Millender would attend college after graduating from high school in Houston in the spring of 1948.

His uncle was a member of the A&M Class of '13 and his father, the Class of '17.

But where Jack started school beared little resemblance to the "A&M College of Texas" from a generation before. Aggie freshmen cadets were housed at The Annex in the years immediately following World War II.

The contrast to life on the main campus was profound.


Jack Millender grew up in Houston and, following a “long line of Aggies” in his family, attended Texas A&M as a member of the Class of ’52. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a forward observer in Korea. His actions in response to a sudden Chinese Army assault on U.S. forces near the 39th parallel led to him being awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism. In later years he worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for the A.H. Robbins Company, and then started his own entrepreneurial venture with a friend from the University of Texas, called Ag-Horn Coffee Service Company.