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Mr. Richard Kardys ’67

Mr. Richard Kardys ’67


(Soft Music Playing) – My dad was in the Air
Force and so we lived all over the country. Texas was a pretty neat place
and I think we all said, “This is where we want to be.” Oh, he was reassigned to Craig
Air Force Base in Alabama when I was 13 and so that’s where I lived until it was time to go to college. The life of a military
school seemed pretty cool. Military is an honorable
profession, it was important. And going to a school like Texas A&M seemed like it was going to be a challenge but it would be exciting
and probably some fun too. I guess what my first
impression, though is we’re all a bunch of sweaty fish. It’s the hottest part of
September when we get there and that evening our CEO,
Bill Hayes did the boot walk. And as he walked up and down
he told us all the traditions of A&M and that how we take care of each other as our buddies. And it made such an impression
on me, I just thought, “God, he is so poised, so
intelligent, so wise, so cool.” And I said, “I’d just give anything to be like that someday.” And probably what I didn’t
realize at that time is Bill Hayes was probably just like us when he started as a Freshman and maybe he was born that way, but probably he was formed
that way by the Corps. I was always going to be a pilot. I had a commission to
be a pilot and I got to ROTC summer camp and they
give you a very intense, very intense physical. And they told me my eyes weren’t
good enough to be a pilot. I was going to have to a navigator. I decided at that point if I
couldn’t lead men in combat, and if I couldn’t fly a jet, I
just had to do something else in a professional line and so I decided, “Let me try to be a JAG Officer.” – [Narrator] During his time at Texas A&M, Mr. Richard Kardys, Class of
1967, was commanding officer of Squadron 8, a Ross volunteer,
a distinguished student and distinguished military graduate. He received a degree in
government from Texas A&M and in 1970 graduated from
the University of Texas School of Law. He served as a JAG officer in
the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1976 and he’s
licensed to practice law in Texas and Alabama as well as the U.S. Military Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Since 1980, Kardys has been
at Frost Bank in San Antonio as the Manager of Frost Wealth Advisors. He is a Past Chairman of the
Texas Bankers Association Trust Financial Services Division, a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and a Certified Wealth Strategist. He was named a 2015
Aggie Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Aggie Bar Association. Kardys served as Chairman of the Board of the Association of
Former Students in 2005 and Chairman of the Board of the Texas A&M Foundation in 2012. – I really found that many of the values that I learned in the
Corps translated well to a business environment. For me, the Aggie spirit just
takes all those things in and yes, it’s about cheering
loudly at football games, but it’s a profound love for A&M and what it means to this country. “Aggies treat others
with dignity and respect because every one is significant.” – [Narrator] Ladies and
Gentlemen, inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of
Honor, Mr. Richard Kardys, Class of 1967.


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