Academics – Dr. Ray Keck ’65
Dr. Ray Keck ’65 has pursued a long and successful career a long career as a an educator, most recently as a university administrator. From 2016 to 2018, he served as interim president at Texas A&M – Commerce and previously headed Texas A&M University in Laredo for 15 years. He holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in Romance Languages and Literature from Princeton University, has studied at Harvard Divinity School, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and other prestigious institutions. Dr. Keck began his teaching career in 1970 at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and has taught and studied Spanish literature for more than 40 years. He is currently at work on a biography of Spanish author Lope de Vega.
Athletics – 1983 & 1968 Championship Football Teams
The 1967-1968 championship football teamwon eight out of nine games, including hard-fought victories, a few blowouts and just one upset. Seven TMI players were named to All-Conference.
The 1983-1984 championship football team’s undefeated season was considered one of the best in a decade. That year, the Panthers scored a total of 213 points and held their opponents to only 33 points. Senior Monte Jolley led the city in passing, and other key players were spotted as college hopefuls during conference play that season.
Military – GEN Ralph E. Haines ’30
GEN Ralph E. Haines ’30 (posthumous), valedictorian of the TMI class of 1930, was also a graduate of West Point and went on to a distinguished 35-year Army career, eventually serving as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army Pacific during the height of the Vietnam conflict, with half-a-million soldiers under his command. After his retirement to San Antonio, he stayed in close touch with TMI and served as guest speaker at our Military Ball in 2009. At the time of his death in 2011, he was the nation’s oldest four-star general and one of the most respected.
Spirituality – Ernest Brown ’80
Ernest Brown ’80, a member of a four-generation TMI legacy family, has shown his deep commitment to the school as longtime president of the TMI Alumni Association and founding chairman of the TMI Alumni Association Modified Sporting Clay Shoot, which has raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships. He also has served as a member of the TMI Board of Trustees, acting as an ambassador for TMI at Episcopal churches and in other contexts. He also shows his dedication to servant leadership working for other charities, including Habitat for Humanity, mentors students in UTSA’s Real Estate Development program and has been a regular blood donor since his senior year at TMI.
TMI Hall of Fame
Established in 2015, the TMI Hall of Fame is an honorary society recognizing the exceptional contributions of outstanding alumni, with Distinguished Servant Leader awards for former faculty, staff and friends of the school. Inductees are recognized for exemplifying one or more of the TMI Core Values: Wisdom, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Reverence.
Nominees must have:
- Graduated from or left TMI at least five years prior to nomination.
- Demonstrated excellence in award-related skills and accomplishments, including recognition by athletic conference and/or other external bodies
- Demonstrated sportsmanship (Athletics), integrity, courage and character
- Demonstrated achievement as a member of the TMI community and after
- Teachers, administrators and coaches must be no longer active at TMI
- Former students who did not graduate from TMI are eligible.
- Friends of the school whose contributions have had a major impact on programs at TMI may be considered.
Presentation of Awards
Inductees are honored at Homecoming. If their schedules require, they may be inducted at another TMI event during the school year.
Honorees’ names are inscribed on Hall of Fame plaques displayed in Ayres Hall and Frost Athletic Center.