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COLLEGE STATION — A noted spokesman for agriculture and an assistant to President Bush were the inaugural inductees to Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry of Former Students of Agricultural Economics at ceremonies recently during the department’s annual reunion of former students.
C. G. “Charlie” Scruggs, an avid speaker on agricultural issues, became known as the “voice for rural America” while serving as vice president and editor of the Progressive Farmer from 1947 to 1990. He writes and narrates a network radio program, “Great Moments in Southwest Agriculture.” Scruggs, who received a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1945, currently resides in Hubbard.
Frederick D. McClure served for three years as assistant to President Bush for legislative affairs. In 1994, McClure was named one of America’s 50 most promising leaders, age 40 and under, by Time magazine. He was appointed to the Texas A&M Board of Regents by Gov. George W. Bush in 1995. Currently residing in Dallas, McClure is senior vice president of Public Strategies Inc. He received his bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1976, graduating summa cum laude.
The Honor Registry of Former Students of Agricultural Economics is named after Tyrus R. Timm, who was head of the university’s department of agricultural economics from 1953 until 1973. During his career, Timm worked as an extension specialist and professor of agricultural economics.
Timm was a widely-respected representative of Texas A&M University and a well-liked department head who was a master at stimulating faculty and students to be their best. He guided the department through a time of tremendous change and growth while the university was gaining national and international prominence. He personified the accomplishments and leadership that the Honor Registry was established to recognize, said Dr. Gene Nelson, who presently serves as the head of the department.