New Building Dedicated in Honor of Alumnus
October 20 , 2007
It was a perfect day for a building dedication on Oct. 20 when friends and family gathered to celebrate the naming of the John R. Ragsdale Visitor and Alumni Center during homecoming activities.
Ragsdale, BBA ’59, who oversaw the Burger King restaurant franchise in the Houston area for over 30 years, recently gave $1.25 million to three different programs of Sam Houston State University, which will benefit former, current and prospective students.
“During the dedication, I was thinking what a beautiful day God had provided for this special event and how my whole life has been blessed with so many old friends and new friends present at this dedication,” said Ragsdale.
“I prayed that this gift (to the university) would change, for the better, many young lives that will improve things yet to come,” he said.
“Being able to give to an institution that has such a special place in my heart has given me so much happiness,” he said.
“Financial success means very little unless you can share it with others who may need a little help along the way,” he explained. “I donated this gift in a manner that it may continue to help young people who in turn can make a positive difference in the world.”
Among the guests who were on hand for the ceremony were Ragsdale’s 94-year-old mother, Winnie Laurene Ragsdale; his wife, Judy; daughters Georgia and Laura; a large number of relatives and special friends; and old and new members of his SHSU “family.”