Texas A&M is one of the most tradition-rich universities in the country. From the Corps of Cadets and Fish Camp to the 12th Man and the Association of Former Students, A&M students and grads are bonded together by a set of uncommon core values.
Aggie Muster is a time-honored A&M tradition which celebrates those core values and the spirit of camaraderie around which the school was conceived. At Muster celebrations around the world every April 21, the lives of Aggies who have died, specifically those in the past year, are remembered and honored.
Jerry Cooper, the former editor of Texas Aggie magazine, the Association of Former Students alumni publication, wrote the book, “HERE” The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University.
Jerry Cooper is a native of Texas City and a member of the Texas A&M Class of ’63. Upon graduation with a journalism degree, Cooper joined the U.S. Army and served as a Civil Affairs officer in Vietnam. Honorably discharged as a first lieutenant, Cooper returned to civilian life and the state of Texas as a reporter/photographer for the Galveston Daily News. In September 1971, he began a 31-year career as editor of Texas Aggie magazine. Advisor to some two dozen authors of Texas A&M-related books, Cooper has authored three A&M-themed books of his own, including, most recently, “HERE” The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University.