Rudder Exhibit at Cushing Library Spotlights Legendary President

Marketing and Communications | November 29, 2011

From Pointe du Hoc to College Station, an exhibit at Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, spotlights the legendary life of James Earl Rudder, university president and military hero. Known for his courage and leadership on the battlefield during the Normandy invasion of World War II, Rudder presided over Texas A&M during the stormy ‘60s and reset the course that enabled it to thrive and claim its place as a top research university.

The exhibit highlights correspondence, documents and memorabilia from the James Earl Rudder Collection, donated by his wife Margaret E. Rudder in 2002. Items on display, which belonged to the decorated war hero, include a wooden map case with maps used for the D-Day invasion, French Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre medals, and his historic speech delivered April 27, 1963 supporting the admittance of women to Texas A&M.

Thomas M. Hatfield, author of Rudder: From Leader to Legend, drew extensively from the Rudder Collection in crafting the biography published by the Texas A&M University Press. Hatfield shared insights from his research at a book signing and exhibit opening hosted by the Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library Nov. 10, 2011.

The exhibit will be available for viewing until Jan. 27, 2012. For more information, contact Mary Manning at or Todd Samuelson at or call 979-845-1951.