Mr. Ford D. Albritton Jr. ’43 received his B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M. He served as commander of Battery G, Field Artillery. He was commissioned into the United States Army and flew in 108 combat missions in the Pacific theater during WWII. For his efforts throughout his time with the Army, Albritton received a Purple Heart and an Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After the war, he founded the Albritton Engineering Corporation. After selling his company, Albritton served as chairman of the board of Tipperary and CEO of the Ashbrook Corporation. In addition to volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way, he served extensively with Texas A&M. Albritton is the only individual to have simultaneously served as a member of the Board of Regents and President of both the Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Research Foundation. In 1977, Albritton was chosen as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M. He will long be remembered for gifting the Albritton Tower and Carillon Bells to Texas A&M.