Sculptor, trio of brothers set high standards
This nationally recognized sculptor was told by an art instructor at Texas Tech that she should stick to painting because she didn't have the three-dimensional talent for sculpting. Fortunately for Lubbock and for Goodacre, she eventually ignored his advice.
She has since created hundreds of locally and nationally known pieces, perhaps the best recognized being the Women's Vietnam Memorial in Washington and the design for the face of the Sacagawea gold coin.
Goodacre was born into one of Lubbock's founding families, the Maxeys.
Her work is seen in several bronzes in Lubbock and at Tech. They include Park Place at Talkington Plaza on the campus.
Nationally, her works include presidents, dignitaries and events. She created the bronze of Ronald Reagan which stands in his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif. She won an international competition for the Irish Famine Memorial in Philadelphia.
In his writings, Hunt described himself as an ordinary man.
These three brothers, sixth generation Texans born on the King Ranch where their father was a foreman, have deep ties to Texas Tech. Each graduated from Tech but left a different legacy.
Lauro, earned a bachelor's degree at Tech in 1949, a masters in 1951 and pursued a teaching career in zoology and physiology at several universities and hospitals. He returned to Tech in 1980 to become the university's 10th president, first Hispanic president and first graduate of the school to hold the office.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan nominated him for Secretary of Education. He stayed in the position under George Bush until 1990.
Richard graduated from Tech in 1951 with a degree in geology and the honor of distinguished military graduate. He pursued a military career, at one point serving as a professor of military science at Tech. He saw service in both Korea and Vietnam and was decorated 34 times, including two Distinguished Service Crosses and the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.
The personable Bobby brought his talents to Tech's football program during the Border Conference days of the 1950s. As a tailback, he led the Raiders in rushing three consecutive seasons and helped Tech win back-to-back bowl games for the first time. He made three appearances on all-America lists as an honorable mention selection.
He was a third-round pick of the Chicago Cardinals in 1954, but suffered a shoulder injury and returned to Tech. He was inducted into Tech's Athletic Hall of Honor in 1968.
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