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Texas A&M University
College of Science Inducts Houston Doctor into Academy
News Release
Friday, April 01, 2011

COLLEGE STATION – Prominent Houston ophthalmologist and leading eye disease expert Richard S. Ruiz, M.D., has been selected by the Texas A&M University College of Science for its highest alumni honor -- induction into the college’s Academy of Distinguished Former Students. 

Ruiz, Class of 1954, was recognized on Thursday for his achievements and contributions to his profession, community and causes as part of the college’s Spring Recognition and Awards Dinner, to be held at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station. The college also will recognize its current scholarship recipients along with all of the donors who have established endowed gifts within the college’s five departments during the past year.

The academy was established in 1996 to recognize Aggies who have brought honor to their alma mater and professions through outstanding leadership in mathematics, statistics, the sciences and medicine. Ruiz joins a prestigious list of 38 previous honorees distinguished for their merit and innovative achievements.

“Dr. Ruiz is a great example of the many eminent physicians who are our former students, and we are honored to have him join our Academy of Distinguished Former Students,” said Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science.

This year the college also will unveil a new honor, the Jack H. Lunsford ’57 Award for Excellence in Service to the College of Science. Established in 2010, the award is intended to recognize Texas A&M former students not affiliated by major with the college who have performed extraordinary service to the college. The inaugural award will be presented Thursday to none other than its namesake, longtime chemistry professor Jack H. Lunsford, class of 1957, of College Station.

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