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 commissioned into the Army and Flew 108 combat missions in the Pacific Theater in WWII. Albritton received a Purple Heart and Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war he founded the Albritton Engineering Corporation. After selling his company, Albritton was 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 person 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.