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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nolan and Ruth Ryan Named Outstanding Alumni

Alvin Community College alumni and longtime supporters Nolan and Ruth Ryan were named the American Association of Community College’s Alumni  of the year during the association’s national conference this week.

The baseball legend and his wife were recognized for their support and hard work with the college over the past several decades.

“We have always been proud to be associated with our hometown of Alvin and to be involved with Alvin Community College in many ways,” Nolan Ryan wrote in a letter accepting the award.

ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht accepted the award at the AACC’s convention. 

“I am proud and honored to accept this award on behalf of Nolan and Ruth, Albrecht said. “They have been and continue to be key supporters of the college and it mission.” 

Nolan and Ruth attended ACC in the late 1960s as he pursued his baseball career.

“At that time our classes were fairly small and our instructors were always willing to work with our schedules,” Nolan said. “This enabled us to further our education for which we were grateful.”

Nolan was awarded ACC’s first honorary Associate’s Degree in 1987.

Ruth served as an ACC trustee from 1997 to 2004.  She also was a long term board member of the Foundation.

Ruth was the motivating force behind the creation of a 2-mile jogging trail and raising the funds for the softball stadium. The field was named in her honor in 2005.

Nolan and Ruth have provided immense financial support through student scholarships and facility improvements.

In 1996, the Ryans donated the recently constructed Nolan Ryan Center to ACC, which is used for college and community events. It is also home to the Nolan Ryan Museum. Along with then Texas Governor George W. Bush, Nolan Ryan announced his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame at the museum in 1999.

Ruth was instrumental with the construction of the Baseball Locker Room which was named after her father, Larry Holdroff.

The couple was also active with the ACC Foundation, helping establish the Author’s Luncheon and the annual Gala to raise money for student scholarships. Nolan recently participated in the Author’s Luncheon to discuss his book The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes from a Texas Kitchen.

“Since Ruth and I both grew up in Alvin when it was a small town, we have witnessed the growth of both the town and the college,” Nolan said. “We are proud of its diversity and of the many ways it enriches the community.”

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