Release Date: March 6, 2009
Tech Board Votes Honorary Degree for LeGrands
In recognition of Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand’s ongoing support and contributions to Angelo State University academics and athletics, the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System has unanimously voted to award the San Angelo couple the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during May commencement.
For more than a decade, the LeGrands have contributed to the success of ASU students and student/athletes by providing scholarship money for academics and enhancement monies for athletics. In addition to that, they provided the major gift that permitted completion of the new alumni and visitors center for the Angelo State University Alumni Association.
“Bob and Jean Ann LeGrand,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “have demonstrated time and again their support of the total Angelo State experience, whether in the class room or on the playing field. The Doctor of Humane Letters represents not only the thanks of the board and the university but also the appreciation of the many ASU scholars and athletes their generosity has benefitted.”
Their philanthropy is most obvious on the eastern half of the campus where the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center and the LeGrand Sports Complex carry their name. The LeGrands’ most recent gift to the university includes $200,000 to the Athletics Department to upgrade the ASU’s multisports complex for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 21-23.
The gift purchased a $108,000 state-of-the-art Daktronics track and field scoreboard with an 11-foot tall video screen and provided $92,000 for track repairs, resurfacing and repainting so the running surface will be in prime condition for the national meet.
Prior to that gift, they pledged $1 million to establish the Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand Endowment for ASU Athletics. The endowment, being paid out over five years, provides revenue to be spent at the discretion of the ASU athletic director in support of Ram and Rambelle sports.
The recent athletics gifts are the latest in a series of major donations the LeGrands have made to the university. Those gifts include a $1 million endowment to provide academic scholarships to graduates of high schools in 77 different West Texas communities where residents had been patients of Dr. LeGrand. In 2002 the LeGrands also donated $500,000 to the ASU Alumni Association to conclude the fundraising campaign for the alumni center.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. LeGrand moved to San Angelo in 1976 as the city’s first permanent neurosurgeon. Since his arrival in West Texas, he has treated more than 40,000 patients at all three local hospitals. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He served as an Air Force flight surgeon from 1970-72, including a year of duty in Vietnam where he received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Air Medals and the Bronze Star.
Mrs. LeGrand is a San Angelo native. She attended ASU, being named homecoming queen in 1971 and receiving her nursing degree in 1972. She has been an active supporter of ASU, serving as a board member of the ASU Foundation and Angelo State Athletic Foundation. She has also served the ASU Alumni Association as board member.