Ed Harte transformed Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with his vision and his generosity. As we mourn his death, we also celebrate his lifelong willingness to engage the world and look for ways to make it better. For Texas A&M-Corpus Christi that meant endowing the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and making a substantial contribution that made our world-class Performing Arts Center possible.
Two doctoral programs - one in Coastal and Marine System Science and the other in Marine Biology - would not be sending graduates out to take important positions around the country if not for Ed Harte. Our stellar group of scientists and researchers who are in demand for their expertise on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill research would not be here without Ed's vision.
The Performing Arts Center would not be hosting events that make life richer for everyone from busloads of school children hearing their first classical music to Michael Martin Murphy fans to seasoned symphony patrons.
From science to the arts, Ed Harte believed in investing his wealth in Corpus Christi. He enriched this community immeasurably by his gifts and by his intellect.
Ed was a remarkable individual with a ravenous appetite to know more about the inner workings of subjects as disparate as Mexican politics and oceanography. I have never known anyone who read as much and synthesized what he read into his everyday thinking. It was a privilege and an honor to get to spend time with Ed Harte and understand the vision behind his gifts to the university.
The challenge the university must now meet is to honor Ed's vision and continue to build on his legacy for generations to come.
Flavius C. Killebrew