Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library
Texas A&M International University
March 13, 1998
Speech made by Radcliffe Killam for the Unveiling of the
Sue and I and our family appreciate very much having our name in this
beautiful keystone building and we are also humbled by the honor it does
I would also like to say that we both enjoyed working with John Martin
(the portrait’s artist), or perhaps I should say watching him work. We
are very pleased with the results and are grateful to him for being here
on this happy occasion.
I’d like to point out that it is impossible for anyone living in this
area to make a gift to this University – rather it is an investment they
make in our community that will generate ample returns.
As a result of having this fine University here, the ability of our young
people to contribute to the quality of life along the border and the material
standard of living is appreciably increased.
The efforts and vision of many, many people meshed at just the right
time to produce this magnificent campus. In hindsight, there was about
two-year period in which this had to happen.
To capitalize on its full potential, the vision and effort must continue
for years to come.
The basic purpose of Texas A&M International University is to provide
a superior education to the people living along this border.
This University, the newest and most modern of campuses, has by reason
of its location an unprecedented opportunity. It is the only University
with the word “International” incorporated in its name.
But having the word “International” in its name is not enough. We must
With some federal support plus the commitment from the Regents of The
Texas A&M University System, the construction of a building for the
Western Hemispheric Trade Center is now incorporated into the third phase
of our construction program.
Our business school is in a unique position to develop into the leading
business school in the country dealing with International Trade, especially
Western Hemispheric Trade. No area will have equal facilities which can
be incorporated into a Center for International Trade. That, coupled with
our history of diversity and understanding of different cultures and with
our international business background, can result in a major influence
not only on business but on legal, moral, and social development of all
the countries in the Western Hemisphere.
A Center for Western Hemispheric Trade will be in a position to help
in developing the best contributions from each country. This would make
the countries of North and South America major players in world society
for centuries to come.
I would like close by pointing out that if you own a business in Laredo
or live in this area, no matter where you went to school, this is your
University and it deserves your support.
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