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Texas oilman and A&M Alumni Center namesake Clayton Williams dies

Posted at 9:25 AM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-15 10:29:35-05

MIDLAND, TX — Clayton W. Williams Jr, a legendary Texas oilman, passed away in Midland on Feb. 14 at the age of 88.

Williams was a generous supporter of Texas A&M, the alumni center namesake and ran for Texas governor in 1990.

Williams provided millions to Texas A&M University through The Association of Former Students, 12th Man Foundation and Texas A&M Foundation, including the lead gift in 1985 toward the construction of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, named in his honor.

“Claytie was a great Aggie and a loyal friend. I will always remember his genuine emotion for Texas A&M and his fellow Aggies,” said Porter S. Garner III ’79, President and CEO of The Association of Former Students. “He was one of a kind and always wanted the best for Texas A&M. I was continually inspired by his support and dedication to The Association of Former Students and to me personally.”

Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students presented Williams with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Texas A&M former student in 1981. The Association also presented him a Core Values Coin, a small, rare gift to recognize Aggies who live and reflect the core values of Texas A&M.