Couple Honors Two A&M Professors with Endowments to Support Agriculture

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Robert and Doris Kensing of Menard County have created two generous charitable gift annuities and a bequest that will support students and faculty in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The endowments created through these gifts will be held at the Texas A&M Foundation and will honor the legacy of two Texas A&M agriculture professors: Tyrus R. Timm, a professor and former head of the agricultural economics department; and Fred Brison, a horticultural sciences professor.

 The Kensings designed the charitable gift annuities to provide them with fixed payments for life from the Foundation as well as a charitable deduction.

 The Kensings credit their success to hard work, wise investments and their Texas A&M degrees. “This university has been an influential part of our lives,” Doris Kensing said. “We wouldn’t have what we have without A&M.”

 Robert Kensing earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1960 and an agricultural education master’s degree in 1968. Doris, a graduate of Abilene Christian University, earned a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M in 1970.

 For 26 years, Robert Kensing worked in San Angelo as an economist for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service. He was active in the development and judging of pecan shows well into his 80s. He also was president of the Texas Extension Specialist Association, president and manager of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association, and president of the Texas Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Association.

 “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of good coworkers and to make a lot of friends across a big part of the country,” he said. “Now the time is right to return our mentors’ gifts, which have had such a profound influence on our lives.” Early in her career, Doris Kensing worked as a bookkeeper and secretary before becoming an elementary school teacher in the Lake View School District (now part of the San Angelo Independent School District). 

 Now retired, the Kensings reside near Menard where they raise purebred Spanish meat goats.

 The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in Texas A&M academics and student leadership programs. For more information about charitable gift annuities or bequests, contact Glenn Pittsford at the Texas A&M Foundation at, (800) 392-3310 or (979) 845-8161.

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