Frank Larkin ’57


Frank (deceased, see obituary below) and Jerrie Larkin were honored at the 2017 New Orleans A&M Club Muster.

In 1970 the New Orleans A&M Club began sending funds to the Association of Former Students to establish a Louisiana student opportunity award scholarship. At that time Frank Larkin ’57 was president of the Club, and Clarence H. “Six” Augsburger ’43 was secretary/treasurer. The Club was able to fully fund the remainder of the scholarship in early 1989, primarily from proceeds from LSU football game bus trips which were coordinated by Frank. Since then this scholarship has helped numerous Louisiana students, who are selected by school officials, attend A&M at a greatly reduced cost.
Some years later Frank became inspired by Matt Altman ’99, a young man whom he had met. Matt was a cadet in Squadron 14 from Covington, LA. Matt became ill with cancer resulting in a tumor developing on his heart. The tumor was successfully removed in surgery, but some months later cancer was again discovered elsewhere in Matt’s body. Matt received treatments for several months before passing away. Matt’s mother, Theresa Keyser, kept in touch with Frank and recounted in a letter to him what Matt had told her about the last time he was in College Station for an Aggie football game where Matt was able to reunite with all of his buddies. Matt said, “Mom, choosing to attend Texas A&M was the best decision I ever made. I love this place.” Inspired by Matt and his words, Frank established the Club’s Mathew Altman ’99 Memorial Sul Ross Scholarship fund in February, 2006. The Club and its members contributed to this fund, but it was funded in large part by Frank and his wife, Jerrie.

Frank’s inspiration also led him to fully fund his own scholarship in Matt’s name. On April 21, 2007, Frank and Jerrie presented this scholarship to Texas A&M. Frank also participated in the funding of the class of 1957 legacy gift to the Texas A&M Medical School. At the meeting to celebrate its 50th anniversary of graduation on April 20, 2007, the class of 1957 presented a $250,000 endowed scholarship in the name of John Mark Stallings, who has Down Syndrome and is the son of the great football coach Gene Stallings, who is Frank’s classmate and is one of the legendary Junction Boys. Because Frank was a member of the last fish band of 1952/53, Frank and Jerrie also funded the A&M College of Texas Last Fish Band Sul Ross Scholarship in 2011 and were also instrumental in providing seed money for the Club’s latest scholarship which was fully funded in 2014.

Frank Earle Larkin was born in Bauxite, Arkansas and attended elementary school in Eagle Pass, TX and high school in Seguin. He planned to attend the University of Arkansas, his mother’s alma mater, until he happened to go to a football game at Texas A&M. When the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band marched onto the field, Frank was hooked. Frank played trombone in the Aggie Band and majored in Geology.

Upon graduation in 1957, Frank was hired as a geologist by Humble Oil and moved to New Orleans. The job was put on hold while he completed his military obligation in the United States Air Force. He served for three years, two being in Japan. He returned to New Orleans and resumed his career as a geologist with Humble Oil, which later merged into Exxon. He met Jerrie Mathis, a Registered Nurse, and they married in 1966 and had two daughters, Ruth, and Martha who is class of ’96. Frank and his young family were transferred out of New Orleans in 1973 but returned in 1983.

Frank retired from Exxon in 1992. He has been very active in the New Orleans A&M Club during all his time in New Orleans. Jerrie has also been a loyal servant to the Club supporting Frank and Texas A&M every step of the way. Although Frank always possessed the spirit for the betterment of the New Orleans A&M Club, he has relied heavily on Jerrie for her assistance, patience, and loyalty to him and Texas A&M all performed with a kind and gracious demeanor.
In recognition of the many years of service and sacrifice to fellow Aggies, the New Orleans A&M Club board and officers have resolved to establish the Frank and Jerrie Larkin Service Award Scholarship Fund. Donate online here: http://nolaags.info/foundation/

Obituary

MARDI GRAS

ROSS VOLUNTEER Reception – Monday, Feb 27, 2017 @ 11 am

Continuing a tradition that began in 1951, the New Orleans A&M Club will host the RV Company for the 66th annual meeting of the two groups. The Ross Volunteer Company will be in New Orleans to serve as honor guard for Rex, king of Mardi Gras. The Krewe of Rex Parade is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am on Feb 9th. The parade starts at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and S. Claiborne Ave. It proceeds south to St. Charles Avenue and turns left. The parade continues down St. Charles to Canal Street. The Krewe disbands at the intersection of Canal and South Peters Street.

On Monday, Feb 8, the RV Company will attend the Club luncheon at Hard Rock Café on the corner of Iberville and Bourbon in the French Quarter. The menu has a of choice of hamburger, grilled chicken breast sandwich, veggie burger, bar-b-que pork sandwich or grilled chicken Caesar salad. French-fries, soft drink and a chocolate chip cookie are also included. The cost is $19, inclusive of tax and tip. Club members are welcome to attend.

Freshman Drill Team Luncheon – Saturday, Feb 25, 3 pm
http://tulanenrotc.com/mardi-gras-drill-meet/. The meet is considered the National Championship for drill teams. The FDT is the perennial favorite and draws close attention by the other teams. The FDT will be defending the National Title won by the class of 2019.

At noon on Saturday, Feb 25th, the FDT will march in the Krewe of Iris Parade which follows the traditional uptown route. After changing out of uniform, they will walk to the Club luncheon at the Hard Rock Café in the French Quarter for 3 pm. Club members and FDT family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. They can order and pay separately or prepay $19 (tax and tip inclusive) for the group menu. The menu has a choice of hamburger/cheeseburger, grilled chicken breast sandwich, veggie burger, bar-b-que pork sandwich or grilled chicken Caesar salad. French-fries, soft drink and a chocolate chip cookie are included.

Fish Drill Team Featured in The Movie “A Few Good Men”

Texas A&M Aggies vs LSU Tigers

November 28, 2015

Game Time:  TBA

Midnight Yell (Friday, 27 Nov 15)

Midnight Yell Practice will be led by the Texas A&M Yell Leaders from the balcony of Johnny White’s Pub and Grill, 718 Bourbon St.  Johnny White’s is directly behind St. Louis Cathedral and across Orleans St from the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

Stop in during the day on Friday, have some food and drinks and be sure to thank the staff for allowing us to take over their bar and balcony.

Roundtrip Game Day Transportation   (Saturday, 28 Nov 15)

For those Aggies attending the game or wanting to tailgate at Tiger Stadium without the hassle of traffic and parking, the New Orleans A&M Club has arranged to provide round trip motor coach transportation from New Orleans.

Departure time is expected to be 5 to 6 hours before kickoff, allowing ample time for tailgating.  Staging for pickup and return will be at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Canal St.

Bus riders will be provided beverages for both legs of the bus trip and are also invited to participate in a tailgate hosted by the Baton Rouge and New Orleans A&M Clubs, Aggieland Outfitters and The Association of Former Students.

The tailgate will be located next to RV lot 407, bus lot 406 and “The Levee Lots” parking area.  LSU Football Parking Map

The cost of the bus trip is $125/adult and $75/child 17 and under.  Reservations can be made online by visiting the New Orleans A&M Club’s website, http://www.nolaags.info/gigem.  Payment may be made using PayPal or by mailing a check to the club.

Lodging

A block of 30 rooms has been secured at the DoubleTree for $179 per night for Friday and Saturday night (Nov. 27th & 28th).  To make a reservation at the discounted rate you must call the reservation line, 800-222-8733, and ask for rooms in the “New Orleans A&M Club” block or use group code “NOA”.  No additional rooms will be added to the block due to the high demand created by the Bayou Classic game on Saturday.

Check out who is attending the bus trip and tailgate party! http://nolaags.info/tailgate-party-attendees/

AGGIE MUSTER

T.S. General Rudder
June 17th

 

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Calling All Aggies

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Former student event in New Orleans
hosted by
Texas A&M University at Galveston
June 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Contact person:

Kathey Walker
(409) 740-4408, walkerk@tamug.edu

Please RSVP with number in party to rsvp@tamug.edu.

Location:
Julia Street Cruise Terminal
920 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Texas A&M University at Galveston’s training ship, T.S. General Rudder,
and cadets will be in New Orleans on June 17, welcoming guests aboard.
As part of this event, plan to enjoy shrimp, beer, wine, and other refreshments
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as tours of the ship (weather permitting).
Bring your business card for a drawing.

Parking will be available at the nearby "Whale Lot." NO vehicles will be
allowed on the dock. Guests must present a photo ID and wear
closed-toe shoes and no heels in order to tour the ship.

 

The Association of Former Students®
505 George Bush Drive  College Station, TX 77840  (979) 845-7514

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Ross Volunteers @ Hard Rock Cafe


Read about the event in January’s issue of Aggie Lagniappe

Midnight Yell Practice @ Johnny White’s

Texas A&M vs. LSU 2013


Midnight Yell – Friday Nov. 22nd
Midnight Yell Practice will be hosted by the New Orleans A&M Club and led by the Texas A&M Yell Leaders from the balcony of Johnny White’s Pub and Grill, 718 Bourbon St. in the French Quarter. This is the corner of Bourbon and Orleans Streets, directly behind St. Louis Cathedral and across Orleans St. from the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

Roundtrip Gameday Transportation – Saturday Nov. 23d

For those Aggies attending the game or wanting to tailgate at Tiger Stadium without the hassle of traffic and parking, the New Orleans A&M Club has arranged to provide roundtrip motor coach transportation from New Orleans.  The coaches will be escorted by Baton Rouge police directly to the bus staging area at Tiger Stadium.  Departure time is expected to be 4 to 5 hours before kickoff, allowing ample time for tailgating.  Staging and pickup will be at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Canal St., New Orleans, 70130.

In advance of the designated departure time, bus riders will secure a name tag from NOLA Club staff at the DoubleTree for admission onto one of the buses.  Liquid refreshments will be provided on each bus.

Riders are entitled to participate in a catered tailgate hosted by the Baton Rouge A&M Club.  The New Orleans A&M Club will make a donation to the Baton Rouge club for each bus rider to defray their costs and assist with their charitable endeavors.

Ticket cost is $125/adult and $75/child under 18 years old.  Reservations and payment can be made online via visiting http://nolaags.info/gigem/ Check to see who is attending the tailgate party?

Lodging

The DoubleTree Hotel will serve as the Headquarters for the New Orleans A&M Club.  An initial block of 25 rooms *** SOLD OUT *** has been secured for $129/night for Friday and Saturday night (Nov. 22d & 23d).  To make a reservation at the discounted rate you must call the reservation line, 800-222-8733, and ask for rooms in the “New Orleans A&M Club” block.  Additional rooms may be added to the block at a later date but will be discounted from the current rate at that time.

You do NOT have to be a NOLA Club member to reserve at the discounted rate at the DoubleTree.

The NOLA Club is a non-profit organization that coordinates Texas A&M former student activity in the New Orleans area.  The NOLA Club has provided funding for annual scholarships to Texas A&M and annually hosts hundreds of Aggies in conjunction with Mardi Gras and other significant events involving Texas A&M that occur in the city.

TS General Rudder in New Orleans!

Howdy Ags, In case you don’t already know, the TS General Rudder will pull in to the port of New Orleans this afternoon. These are our Sea Aggie brothers and sisters from Galveston. We’re hosting a luncheon for them tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Hard Rock at 11:30. Please join us if you can. Call the Hard Rock at 504-282-6058 to add your name to the list. It’s a meet and greet with lunch; no program. $16/person inclusive of tax and tip.

Of utmost importance is that you be aware that the officers and crew of the Gen Rudder are hosting our club as well as dignitaries from Galveston on Wednesday afternoon from 4:30-6:30 aboard the ship. I’ve attached the official invitation. She will be docked at Julia St.

We NEED club members to attend this function on Wednesday. Please do everything possible to rearrange your schedule and show your support. They’re entertaining us with shrimp, wine, beer, etc. as well as ship tours. Note the footwear requirements for a tour. Closed toe shoes and no heels.

DO NOT rsvp to TAMUG. RSVP to me via return gigem@nolaags.info. I will call Ms. Walker tomorrow with our group number.

Thanks in advance for you support,
Scott ’88

Muster 2013


Muster is a day to celebrate the camaraderie and the friendships, the triumphs and the defeats, the legacies and the impact thatTexasA&M Universityhas made, and continues to make, in all of our lives. It is also a time to honor those Aggies, those friends, family members, and classmates, who are no longer among us. Muster is the essence of the Aggie Spirit.

Dick ’50 and Dot Piner’s estate will be the site of the 2013 Aggie Muster hosted by the New OrleansA&M Club on Sunday, April 21. The Piner’s address is 4401 Patterson Drive in Algiers. Patterson Dr. runs alongside the Mississippi River. As of last year, parking is no longer permitted along the levee. You should try to park at the nearest spot available on the street and not along the levee.

To get to the Piner’s from the Crescent City Connection, take the General DeGaulle Dr. East exit and proceed to Holiday Drive. Turn left onto Holiday Dr. and continue toGeneral Meyer Ave. At General Meyer, turn left, travel approximately 15 – 20 yards, and turn right onto Holiday Pl. On Holiday Pl., keep going all the way to the levee, and turn right on to Patterson Dr. The Piner’s home is about 4½ blocks ahead and is approximately 75 yards past the intersection of Steeple Chase Lane and Patterson.

The menu for the meal will be barbequed brisket, sausage, boneless chicken breasts, potato salad, black beans, green beans, bread, and cake. We will also have plenty of cold drinks on hand.

Plan to arrive at about 3:30 PM or come a little earlier and enjoy the Piner’s beautiful grounds if you would like. This will give you an opportunity to spend some time with old classmates and new friends. We will start serving dinner about 5:00 PM with the Muster Ceremony starting at about 6:00 PM.

The charge for the meal is $20 per person, children, 12 and under, are free.

The deadline for reservations for the meal is Thursday, April 18. Please return your reservations as soon as possible. Give a call to an Aggie buddy and bring them along with you.

If anyone needs to make late reservations, needs help with directions or anything else, please call one of the Muster Tri-Chairs; Paul Schott ’86, (504) 376-4885, Scott Wolff ’88, (210) 478-2833, or Theresa Wolff ’89, (210) 710-5915.

During mealtime and before the Muster ceremony, we will show a video which highlights the greatest moments of the 2012 Aggie football season. Come relive the season with your Aggie family.