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A legacy of gracious living: Ronnie Hale Sr. Ronnie Hale Sr. didn’t attend Texas A&M, but he was always an Aggie to the core. He put his four children through Texas A&M. Five of his grandchildren so far – with another on the way – are also Aggies. Hundreds attended Hale’s funeral in March 2017, where Ronnie Hale Jr. recalled many memories and spoke of his father’s love for his wife of 58

years – Kay – and their children Ronnie Jr. ‘82, Randy ‘85, Richie ‘88, and Kerri ‘92. To honor Ronnie Sr., his son and daughter-in-law Randall B. “Randy” and Tracy Hale are donating $250,000 toward a $10 million campaign to rename the Department of Accounting for longtime department head Jim Benjamin.

“I always considered him as one of the most honest, ethical, and caring people I have known.” Jim Benjamin 20

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TIES TO ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT RUN DEEP Benjamin has fond memories of Hale, recalling their meeting shortly after Benjamin started at Texas A&M. Hale was an officer in the U.S Army Reserves where Benjamin served his remaining military obligation. “He was well thought of by everyone I knew throughout his career,” Benjamin said. “He was an avid golfer, and we became very good friends over the years. I always considered him as one of the most honest, ethical, and caring people I have known.” Hale came to Bryan to open