Dooley, McQueen and Cheek Named Outstanding Alumni


By: Mollie Lastovica

Three alumni of the ALEC Department were recognized at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 13 as recipients of the coveted College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award.

A 1939 graduate, Roscoe B. Dooley received a degree in agricultural education and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States’ Army. Dooley served during World War II and retired as a Lt. Colonel.

Dooley earned his master’s degree from Texas A&M in 1946 and began working as the head of the agriculture department at San Angelo Junior College after teaching at A&M for one year.

During his 30 year tenure at what is now Angelo State University, Dooley was renowned for his assistance in developing their four-year agriculture program. His commitment to agricultural education also led him to serve as a founding member and president of the Professional agricultural Workers Society.

One of his two children, Larry Dooley, Ph.D., accepted the posthumous award on behalf of his dad.

“My dad was huge in agriculture,” Dooley said. “Our family is extremely honored and blessed.”

Graduating in 1960 with a bachelor’s in agricultural journalism, Horace McQueen has a legacy of being the voice of Texas agriculture for almost 40 years. McQueen has worked on a number of different agricultural publications including the National FFA Magazine and Farm & Ranch Magazine.

In 1964, he began working as owner, producer and host for Farm & Ranch News, a television program that aired in cities such as Lubbock, Big Spring, Abilene, Tyler and Lufkin. In his lifetime, McQueen has traveled to a number of countries to study and collaborate with programs and agricultural interests that could be of benefit to U.S. agriculture.

McQueen’s work has been recognized through a number of awards including Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture in 1986 and Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 1980.

He and his wife, Carole, stay busy on their timber and cattle ranch, Queensedale Farms, in East Texas. They have four children and two grandchildren and devote many of their efforts and resources to giving back to Texas A&M.

“We are going to do everything we can to give back to this place,” McQueen said. “This place has more to offer than any other place on God’s green earth. We are an Aggie family through and through and we are going to do anything and everything we can to support the Aggie tradition.”

Named chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2009, Jimmy Cheek, Ph.D., graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Texas A&M in 1969.

The first college graduate in his family, Cheek worked as a faculty member and administrator at the University in Florida for 34 years, culminating his career at the university by serving as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Since accepting his position at the University of Tennessee, Cheek has worked hard to see the university rise in the ranks amongst public universities in the nation. Amidst his success, Cheek remembers his foundation at Texas A&M.

“I would not be standing here today if it weren’t for the faculty here [at A&M],” Cheek said. “One of the highlights of my career was having the privilege of voting for Texas A&M to come into the Southeastern Conference. Welcome to the SEC.”

Learn more about these outstanding alumni, click here to see the nomination videos and more.

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