Hall of Legacy
The Texas Tech University Athletic Hall of Legacy, established in 2003, honors corporations, families and individuals for their extraordinary contributions to Texas Tech Athletics. New members are recognized each year at the annual Hall of Legacy induction dinner. Our success is a direct result of these esteemed members’ commitment.
Hall of Legacy Members
- Larry K. Anders
- Covenant Health Systems
- Mickey L. Long
- Kent R. Hance (Former Texas Tech Chancellor)
- Jack D. Hightower
- Delbert McDougal
- Mrs. Bryan C. Miller, Jr.
- Ted L. Parker
- Jerry S. Rawls
- City Bank
- Jay Crofoot
- Don and Ethlel McLeod
- Southwest Coca-Cola Bottling
2003 (Inaugural) Inductees
- John T. Montford (Former Texas Tech Chancellor)
- James E. Sowell
- United Supermarkets, Ltd.
- Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.
- Alan B. White
2010 Hall of Legacy Honorees
Douglas and Angela Boren have been students, fans and long term supporters of Texas Tech for over 65 years. The Borens have given endowments to the Lady Raiders, Texas Tech Men's Basketball and Football programs. Angela says, "Texas Tech has been an important port of our lives and it is a good place for us to invest in the future." Doug adds, "Lubbock has continued to grow, prosper and be a great place to live because of Texas Tech University."
J. Frank and Kay Miller are longtime supporters and graduates of Texas Tech University and true Red Raider fans. Former Chairman of the Board of Regents, Frank Miller received his degree from Texas Tech in 1974. The Miller's commitment to Texas Tech Athletics is evident in their rich history with the university. The Millers were lead donors in a major facilities project—the J. Frank and Kay Miller Training and Rehabilitation Center at the football training facility. This facility was built in 2003 and has been serving multiple student-athletes' needs since its completion. Their commitment truly impacted Texas Tech student-athletes and the department as a whole.
Gary and Elizabeth Petersen have an extensive and cherished involvement with Texas Tech Athletics through their benevolent contributions. Mr. Petersen is a distinguished Alumni of Texas Tech University and holds B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees in Finance. The Petersen's commitment to Texas Tech Athletics is marked by their loyalty to the Texas Tech football program and the Red Raider Club. They have a vast history of contributing to various special projects including the Athletic Hall of Fame, Jones AT&T Stadium renovation projects, and the strength and conditioning program. Their pledge to special projects in football and his support of the Red Raider Club has been substantial and has made a true impact.
John and Lisa Walker represent the true Red Raider spirit through their abundant contributions, while laying the foundation for the Texas Tech soccer program and its outstanding facility. John B. Walker graduated with a BBA from Texas Tech University in 1968 with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance. John and Lisa are an integral part of Texas Tech Soccer and the key donors in the new soccer facility that houses this program on the rise. Their commitment to facilities and their support of the Red Raider Club has been remarkable and is truly visible at the John B. Walker Soccer Complex. The Walkers have impacted numerous student-athletes, especially your Red Raider soccer team.
2008 Hall of Legacy Honorees
The Fullers are easily recognized at home and road events by the customized bus with the Double T on the side Terry drives to each football game throughout the season. There you can find the Fullers entertaining all comers with a game on TV and their outstanding fajitas during a day-long tailgate.
Their support of Texas Tech Athletics goes far beyond game-day fan contributions; they include major gifts to several sports, including track, softball, and football. Most recently the Fullers fully funded the Athletic Training Center Weight Room renovation project. The Fullers have also supported the Red Raider Club and the Marsha Sharp Leadership Circle with significant annual gifts. True to their academic commitment, the Fullers' most lasting impact will be felt in the area of endowed scholarships. The Fullers have set up four Clifford B. Jones’ endowments — one named position in each of the following sports: football, men’s basketball, women’s track and field, and men's golf.
The Talbotts’ commitment to Texas Tech Athletics is evident at each home sporting event in their faces beaming with Red Raider pride. Key donors in several major facility projects including the United Spirit Arena and Jones AT&T Stadium; their commitment to growth and support of Texas Tech building projects began with the Horizon Campaign. They are steadfast contributors to special projects in a variety of sports and the Red Raider Club, directly impacting Texas Tech student-athletes in all sports.
The Talbotts are also members of the Spur Society, and Cloyce Talbott was inducted into the Texas Tech University Academy of Petroleum Engineers in 1998. In 2002, the Texas Tech College of Engineering honored Cloyce with its Distinguished Engineer award.
2007 Hall of Legacy Honorees
Ben’s contributions to Texas Tech University are as diverse and widespread as his accomplishments. A lifelong supporter of Texas Tech, Ben has been a generous donor to the Red Raider Club and the Stadium Club since their inceptions. In addition to his annual giving, he has made a variety of large gifts to Texas Tech Athletics over the years, including two major ones in 1989. The first continues to help maintain the Athletics Training Facility; the second is a lifetime endowment that will support scholarships for perpetuity. Nine years later, Ben helped underwrite two more significant projects: the installation of turf at Jones AT&T Stadium and the creation of what would become the Marsha Sharp Academic Center, which enhances the academic success of Texas Tech student-athletes. More recently, Ben has supported a wide spectrum of special projects, including renovations of the women’s basketball locker room.
Ralph Blodgett’s contributions to Texas Tech University are substantial and far-reaching: He served as president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association; as a member of the Texas Tech Foundation Board; and as a charter member of the Texas Tech Century Club. His support of Texas Tech Athletics spans multiple decades and his generosity has helped make many dreams come true. In 1984, Ralph committed a substantial gift to the Athletic Facilities Improvement Endowment to support facilities upgrades and enhancements for years to come. Five years later, he showed his commitment to Texas Tech Athletics once again by establishing a lifetime endowment and by donating generously to the Athletics Training Center. His initial and ongoing support has been instrumental to the growth and improvement of all Texas Tech Athletics facilities. In addition to these major contributions, Ralph has been a consistent supporter of the Red Raider Club and the Stadium Club seat programs.
Robert views his personal opportunity to obtain an education through a football scholarship a major springboard to his success. Not surprisingly, his scholarship contributions reflect deep appreciation for the education he received and pays it forward to current student-athletes. One of the all-time leading donors to the Red Raider Club, Robert began committing annually to the program at a high level in 1991. Since then, he has given consistently at the Athletic Director’s Council membership level. Additionally, Robert has contributed to the Dave Brown memorial endowment, which recognizes the positive influence Coach Brown had on Texas Tech student-athletes. A former letter winner, Robert participates in the Football Legacy Locker Program, through which inspiring messages from former players and other supporters are displayed on plaques in the football locker room to encourage current and future Red Raiders. Robert has also established a major planned gift devoted to Texas Tech Athletics and its future success.
O.R. and Betty have shown extraordinary commitment to Texas Tech Athletes. Their 10-year-plus commitment to the Red Raider Club has made a tremendous impact in the lives of hundreds of student-athletes. Their generosity also has made an invaluable difference in our ability to attract the best possible student-athletes. They have made their company plane available to several Red Raider coaches for recruiting, as well as to help support staff attend athletic events without additional expense to the department. The Van Ness’ remarkable gift-in-kind donation makes possible new opportunities for multiple sports each year. They are also major supporters of the Stadium Club seat program.