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Prominent Texas A&M donor, namesake of indoor practice facility, Artie McFerrin passes away

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Texas A&M lost one of its most ardent supporters Tuesday with the passing of Arthur R. “Artie” McFerrin. He was 74.

McFerrin and his wife were lead gift donors for the McFerrin Athletic Center (Texas A&M football’s indoor practice facility), the Cox-McFerrin Center, the R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center, the Kyle Field Redevelopment Campaign, the construction of Blue Bell Park and the Watts Cross Country Course.

McFerrin’s monetary donations to the Aggies’ athletic department alone would total well over $10 million. He has made additional gifts to the school and its Department of Chemical Engineering also is named after him.

Many Texas A&M administration members and coaches offered their condolences for McFerrin. One of which was Aggies football coach Kevin Sumlin.

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“When you talk about Aggies and former students who have truly made a difference for Texas A&M Athletics, the names Artie and Dorothy McFerrin have to be at the top of the list,” Sumlin said in a statement. “Their generosity and love for Texas A&M has touched the lives of many of our student-athletes. If you walk through our facilities, you can see the McFerrin name literally stamped on almost every facet of our program and yet he was very unassuming.

“Artie has been a special friend to me, and his personality and smile are always something I looked forward to seeing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy and the entire McFerrin family at this time.”

McFerrin was a 1965 graduate of Texas A&M. He passed away in Houston.

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