Celebrating Dr. Charles W. "Doc" Graham, '53
Posted October 07, 2016
W. Graham '53 was selected as one of 12 recipients of the 2016
Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a
former student of Texas A&M University. Since the inception of
the award in 1962, only 261 of Texas A&M’s 440,000 former
students have been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Awarded jointly by the university and The Association, this award
recognizes those Aggies who have achieved excellence in their
chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas
A&M University and their local communities.
Dr. Graham is one of the world’s top equine veterinarians, a
leader in Texas’ horse and cattle industries and a tireless
volunteer, advocate and youth mentor. A member of the Texas A&M
Equine Research Committee, he was an influential participant in
funding and construction of the new veterinary and biomedical
education complex. He has helped recruit leaders for A&M’s
equine initiative and the College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM). He is a former director of the American
Association of Equine Practitioners and was a founder of Frontier
Bank of Texas in Elgin; a director of the American Quarter Horse
Association; a member of the Board of Managers of Kalon
Biotherapeutics; and a founding member of Rodeo Austin.
Graham is the only individual to serve as president for both the
Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) and the Texas Thoroughbred
Association (TTA). He is also the only person to be selected as
Horseman of the Year by both associations.
Graham’s other honors include the 2013 Texas A&M AgriLife
Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award, the 2010 COALS
Outstanding Alumni Award, and the CVM Outstanding Alumnus
He was also inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association
(AQHA) Hall of Fame in 2009, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in
2008, as well as the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2002, and
the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in January 2016.
Graham earned his bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry
in 1953, his bachelor of science degree in animal science in 1954,
and his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1961, all from Texas
In the early 1960s, Graham and Dr. W. H. Cardwell built the
Elgin Veterinary Hospital and grew the practice into one of the
largest equine veterinary facilities in the nation. Graham is now
owner of a number of other businesses, including the 1,300-acre
Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, which has bred some of the top
stallions and broodmares in the quarter horse industry.
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Graham, a great Aggie and a great
friend to our college.
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