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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/
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
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.