14 February 2001:
A career military officer with a history of service in foreign affairs has funded a faculty fellowship in international relations at Texas A&M University.
Claudius M. Easley, Jr. a retired U.S. Army Lieuenant Colonel, has given the university $200,000 for the Claudius M. Easley, Jr. Faculty Fellowship in Liberal Arts. The fellowship will support a liberal arts faculty member's efforts in the field of international relations.
“Colonel Easley's gift comes at a pivotal time for Texas A&M and the College of Liberal Arts as we are actively working to internationalize our curriculum,” said Woodrow Jones, Jr., dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Easley has strong ties to Texas A&M. His father, Brigadier General Claudius Miller Easley, graduated with a architectural engineering degree in 1916. Easley's grandfather, A.C. Easley was a candidate for the university presidency in 1902, and various cousins have graduated from Texas A&M.
In addition to the fellowship, Easley has funded a President's Endowed Scholarship.
The fellowship's focus on international relations is a reflection of Easley's own service in this arena. A career Army officer, Easley is a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War. His career also included tours of duty as an attaché in Paris and New Delhi.
NOTE: Colonel Easley was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on 29 December 2006.
EASLEY, CLAUDIUS MILLER JR
- LTC US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/11/1918
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/14/2006
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE E-311 WH
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