AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make
1937 and 1947
Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Master of Arts, Education
Sam Houston State University
Col. Etheredge is the most highly-decorated, living veteran in U.S. history. A 1937 graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College, he served as a teacher and principal before volunteering to fight in 1942. After the war, Etheredge returned to receive his master's degree at Sam Houston State. He served three terms in the Texas Legislature, taught 33 years at the university, and was a successful banker and land developer. Etheredge was presented the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982. In 2003, he was awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor.