2019-2020 Hall of Fame Inductees
Stacy Bacon ’92, nationally ranked high-school runner at TMI, leading the cross-country team to a conference championship while earning all A’s. She earned an athletic scholarship to Rice University, where she won awards for academic achievement and Outstanding Track and Field performance as a Division I athlete while making the President’s Honor Roll all eight semesters. After graduating from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and further training in Denver and Los Angeles, she became an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine. As a physician, she has done significant medical research and presented at conferences while earning multiple patients’ choice and “Best of” awards as a clinician.
Championship football team of 1953-1954 state championship football team, several of whose members were named All State and All District and made the Little Giants area high-school honors team; and and also played on championship basketball and swim teams.
The Honorable Joe Dial ’54, TMI battalion commander, voted “Most Popular,” and his nickname was “Number One.” After attending UT-Austin, he was co-owner of an agricultural business for 30 years, raising cattle and horses, and also had an extensive career in public service, as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Citizens Advisory Committee and as a commissioner of the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission through the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. During that time, he delivered more than 100 speeches at conferences all over the world, and he was later invited to serve as a consultant to the governments of Poland, Indonesia and India. He also was appointed to a fellowship at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Lt. Col. Tom Moore, served as Commandant of the Texas Military Corps of Cadets from 1991 to 1999. During his time here, the Corps began its current 25-year streak of earning Honor Unit with Distinction status at Annual Formal Inspections. Before his retirement from the Army in 1991, he trained in Special Forces Operation, attended Helicopter and Test Pilot flight schools, served in Vietnam as Commander of a Transportation Detachment for aircraft maintenance and served in many other officer positions, including as a flight instructor, stationed in Korea, Hawaii, Virginia and at our own Fort Sam Houston.
Charles Noble ’47, TMI battalion commander, voted “Most Representative,” “Most Handsome” and “Best Officer.,” served on the school’s national champion rifle team and won the award for National Individual champion. At Rice University, he won the university’s top writing award and graduated with honors. As a Marine 2nd lieutenant, he graduated first in his class and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross as an artillery aerial observer during the Korean War. Back home, he founded Noble & Associates, a firm that has assessed the value of thousands of properties in Texas and beyond.
James Willerson, M.D. ’57, TMI battalion commander and was president of his class, editor of the student newspaper and led the swim team to a state championship. He is currently president emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute and former president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He was recently honored by Continental Who’s Who as a lifetime achiever in the field of medicine. As a cardiologist, he has done important research on the use of stem cells for the repair of hearts and cardiovascular vessels, among other topics, and is the author of more than 1,000 scientific papers.
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.