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Longtime ACU chemistry professor Tommy McCord dies

For immediate release
May 1, 2005

Dr. Tommy McCord, retired professor of chemistry at Abilene Christian University died Sunday, May 1 in Abilene at age 73. Funeral arrangements are pending.

McCord came to ACU in 1958 and served as department chair from 1968 to 1991. He was named M.E. Pruitt Professor of Chemistry in 1981, making him the recipient of the first permanently endowed professorship at ACU. He retired from ACU in 1996.

He had won the Blue Key Merit Award for outstanding teaching service and the Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher award. McCord received grants for more than $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Robert A. Welch Foundation for studies of amino acids. He frequently presented scholarly papers at meetings and conferences and he held one U.S. patent.

McCord was born in Lubbock in 1932, attended high school at Borger High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from ACU. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

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