Two outstanding alumni to be
inducted in corps Hall of Honor


Two College of Architecture outstanding alumni, Ronald L. Skaggs ’65 and James R. Thompson ’68, are among nine former cadets to be inducted this spring by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets into the Corps Hall of Honor.

The induction ceremony, set for 10 a.m. March 26 in Rudder Auditorium, will be followed by a reception in the Rudder Exhibit Hall.

Established in 1993, the Corps Hall of Honor pays tribute to former students of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets who have lived a life that exemplifies the Aggie Spirit. They must also possess the values upon which the Corps is founded: honor, loyalty, service, patriotism and leadership.

Skaggs, chairman emeritus of HKS, Inc., earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1966 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1967 at Texas A&M. A fellow in the American Institute of Architects and American College of Healthcare Architects, he has been actively engaged in the design of more than 650 architectural projects, primarily in the healthcare sector.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Skaggs worked for the architecture firm Caudill Rowlett Scott in Houston, then fulfilled his military commitment as a project officer in healthcare facility design for the U.S. Army Surgeon General at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Skaggs returned to CRS in 1970, and then joined HKS, Inc.

Thompson earned a Bachelor of Architectural Construction degree from Texas A&M in 1968 and went on to found James R. Thompson, Inc. (JRT), an award-winning construction firm with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. JRT focuses on the construction of low-rise buildings, interior finish and renovation. The company has earned the Associated General Contractors Summit Award 18 times and the AGC Slate Award seven times.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Thompson joined the U. S. Air Force, serving as an instructor pilot until 1973. Then he founded James R. Thompson, Inc. after working for 10 years in the construction business. His firm now has offices in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

For a list of this year’s inductees and their biographies, visit


- Posted: Jan. 24, 2011 -

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Contact:   Phillip Rollfing, or 979.458.0442.


Ronald L. Skaggs

James R. Thompson

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