Howdy Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’80!

Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award


Thanks to you, each year a Texas A&M University graduating senior is chosen to receive this award which consists of a $5,000 check (outside of their financial aid package) and a plaque.
We are proud to introduce the third recipient of the Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award, Christopher J. Thompson ’22.

The entire Class of ’80 should be proud of the quality students receiving this award. Chris wanted to share his thanks to the entire Class (below).


Dear Class of ’80,

Thank you all once again for selecting me as the 2022 recipient of the Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award. It is an incredible honor and it’s not something that me or my family take lightly. I know there had to be some amazing candidates and, at times, I’m still surprised I was chosen.

My whole life I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people who have helped shaped me to the person I am. I owe them a lot of credit for anything positive that I have done or become. One of those people, who is most important to me, is my wife Becca. She continues to encourage me, believes in me when I question my own self, and has a great servant heart herself. I wouldn’t be half the man I am without her. In my eyes, I share this award with her. She is a wonderful woman and I’m blessed to have her in my life.

Something I learned years ago, when I was on a Special Forces team, is that I had to earn my Green Beret every day. Even though I had completed years of training, selection and assessment which authorized me to wear the beret and Special Forces tab with my uniform. My teammates didn’t really care about what I had done in the past. What my teammates cared about is what I was doing today and what I was bringing to the table today. With the Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award, I will carry the same. I will strive to re-earn this each day and continue to look for ways to serve and have a positive impact on others beyond the day I was recognized.

Thank y’all once again, and please let me know if there’s anything I can every help with.

Gig ’em!


Chris Thompson

Read more about Chris and his accomplishments while at Texas A&M.

Read about Lauren Breazeale ’20, the first Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award Recipient.

Thanks again to each of you in the Class of ’80 that helped establish the first core value award at Texas A&M University. The Class of ’80 can truly be proud of giving back to Texas A&M to memorialize the core value of selfless service for generations of future students!

If you have any questions or input, please contact any of us below by clicking on our names.

Thank you and gig ’em!

Lu Harris
Bill Hyatt
Bill Jentsch
Ken Jones
Kari Moore Roush
Co-Class Agents

Help Us Find Current Email Addresses for Our Classmates

Because our class year is on the “electronic only” side of the Association’s digital divide, 25% of our Classmates with unknown email addresses are not receiving the Class of ’80 newsletters or any of the general communications from the Association. Please help us connect with these folks by reviewing the list of names to see if someone you know is on it. You can reach out to them directly to have them update their email address on their profile with the Association or send it to one of the Class Agents and we’ll take care of getting it to the Association. The list is sorted alphabetically by last name, then first name and includes the city/state for their preferred mailing address. Please review the List of Un-Emailable Classmates.


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