Polly Krueger Award
The measure of a university's distinction and influence depends greatly upon the achievements of its alumni and the position they earn for themselves in their respective communities and fields of endeavor. The San Antonio A&M Club established and first awarded the C.C. "Polly" Krueger Award in 1977 to recognize distinguished Aggie leaders among its members.
This award honors San Antonio A&M Club members who have made significant contributions through service to our Club, to the community, and to Texas A&M University, and who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions. The C.C. "Polly" Krueger Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the San Antonio A&M Club.
C.C. "Polly" Krueger
Carl C. "Polly" Krueger '12 was the founding President of the San Antonio A&M Club in 1921 and co-organizer of the San Antonio A&M Mother's Club. A native of San Antonio, he was very active in civic affairs, serving the Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association as an officer and director. In 1924, Krueger served as the fourth President of The Association of Former Students, and from 1947 to 1953, Krueger served a six year term on the Board of Directors of the A&M College of Texas System. Krueger was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University in 1968. The first women's dormitory at Texas A&M, Krueger Hall, was named for him upon construction in 1972.
While at Texas A&M, Krueger served as the Captain of the Ross Volunteer Company, Regimental Staff Captain and Adjutant, President of the San Antonio Club, President of the RV Hop, President of the Final Ball, and he won the medal for Individual Competitive Drill as a freshman and sophomore.
Krueger received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1912. He entered World War I in 1916 as a Lieutenant with the 82nd Field Artillery and completed his service in 1919 as a Major. He was President of San Antonio Machine and Supply Co. from 1923 until his retirement in 1961. The company developed annual sales from $1 million to $18 million under his 38 years of leadership.
In 1952, Krueger chose to donate the Krueger family collection of 23 oil paintings by European masters to Texas A&M's Cushing Memorial Library. It was one of the finest gifts ever made to Texas A&M at that time. Upon presenting these paintings, Krueger said:
"For many years, I have wanted to do something of lasting benefit for A&M, its students and staff. As a 1912 graduate, I am grateful for all the college did for me in preparing me for what I hope has been and will continue to be a useful life."
Polly Krueger Award Recipients
H.B. “Pat” Zachry ’22 - 1977
Thomas A. Murrah ’38 - 1979
James H. “Jim” Uptmore ’53 - 1981
Cosmo F. Guido ’44 - 1982
M.B. “Doc” Killian ’26 (Posthumously) -1983
Willard E. Simpson, Jr. ’38 - 1983
Richard “Buck” Weirus ’42 - 1984
Raymond E. Stotzer, Jr. ‘46 - 1985
Chester A. Slimp, Jr. ’38 - 1993
Charles R.”Chili” McClintick ’40 - 1994
Oscar W. Schuchart ’43 - 2001
Jennings Anderson ’45 - 2002
LC “Chaz” Neely, Jr. ’62 - 2008
David Wolf '52 - 2015
Raul B. Fernandez '59 - 2015
Jerry Boles '71 - 2016
Hayden Grona '57 (Posthumously) - 2016
John M. Yantis '53 - 2019
Bill Shannon '54 (Posthumously) - 2019
Kevin Monk '78 - 2019