W.A. “Tex” Moncrief

W.A. “Tex” Moncrief

Quick Facts on W.A. “Tex” Moncrief

  • Born in 1920 in Fort Worth to Elizabeth and W.A. “Monty” Moncrief.
  • Graduates from Culver Military Academy in 1936.
  • Attends The University of Texas at Austin, plays on the University’s golf team.
  • Earns a petroleum engineering degree from UT Austin in 1942.
  • Goes to work as an engineer for Stanolind Oil and Gas Co., the forerunner of Amoco.
  • In 1943 leaves the company to serve in the U.S. Navy, where he is commissioned as an officer in the South Pacific.
  • After the war, goes into the oil business with his father, a legendary wildcatter.
  • Serves on The University of Texas Board of Regents from 1987 to 1993.
  • In 1997 regents name the W.A. “Tex” Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center in recognition of Moncrief’s many contributions to UT, including a $5 million pledge to the Longhorn Legacy.
  • Named to the Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • In 2005 gives $3 million to UT Austin to support faculty positions.
  • Serves as president of the William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation, which contributes to educational, health, civic, and cultural organizations.
  • Is named by the Texas Exes as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.
  • In 2009 gives $18 million to UT Austin to create the W. A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. Endowment in Simulation-Based Engineering Sciences.