Briscoe elevated state of Texas and the University of Texas
This week, we lost a quintessential Texan, a true statesman, and a gentle man with grit and determination who made The University of Texas System and all of education in Texas stand taller. Our friend, the honorable Dolph Briscoe Jr., dedicated his life to public service based on respect, integrity, honesty and a grand vision that advanced Texas to new heights.
His impact on Texas is immeasurable: He successfully fought to reorganize public schools, raised teacher salaries, helped establish a vast network of farm-to-market roads and brought telephone systems to rural Texas.
He also gave so generously of his personal assets to ensure that Texas could preserve its rich history and share it with the world. Gov. Briscoe supported cardiology and women’s programs at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio and so many other programs across the state and throughout the University of Texas System, including one of the premier history research centers in the world — the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT-Austin, which also houses his historical papers.
In 2009, the UT System Board of Regents honored Gov. Briscoe with its highest honor for service, the Santa Rita Award. One of the greatest experiences in my life was watching the joy on his face — and the pride and love demonstrated by his family — when he received his medallion.
I will cherish that moment, and his friendship, forever, and I know that many of you have fond memories of our true Texas legend that will carry you through the years ahead.
DR. FRANCISCO G. CIGARROA Chancellor of the University of Texas System email@example.com Austin
Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe was honored with the Santa Rita Award on Feb. 11, 2009. The Santa Rita Award is the UT System Board of Regents’ highest honor for service.