Charles L. Pence ’51
Charles Lewis Pence, a former member of A Infantry, received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1951 from A&M College. After graduation, Pence joined the Army and was deployed to Korea and Japan. He served as a First Lieutenant in the First Cavalry Division and was honorably discharged in 1953. In 1955, Pence joined Humble Oil and Refining Company (now ExxonMobil) in the Exploration Department. He then became Senior Vice President of Friendswood Development Company. Pence led the development of Bayport Industrial Park and Clear Lake City during the time of rapid expansion of the NASA space program. Pence retired from Exxon after 27 years in 1982. He then became the Chairman and CEO of Jefferson Realty Company and transitioned to the investment of startup companies in Texas. He was instrumental in the start-up of two churches and is a lifelong supporter of scholarship programs for the Corps of Cadets. Pence has been a longtime member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association.