Aggie Muster

2019 Worldwide Roll Call for the Absent

In the modern history of Aggie Muster prior to 2018, there had not been an occasion on which every name on an annual list of deceased former students was called in a single location. Although it is widely believed that the main campus Muster calls or used to call the full roll each year, historical records do not support that belief.

In 2018, The Association of Former Students led the first live Worldwide Roll Call for the Absent, in which every name was called — and answered with "Here" — in a live reading that originated from the Neely Mezzanine in the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. Speakers mounted on the building carried the roll call over the Texas A&M University campus, and a live internet stream made the entire reading available to the worldwide Aggie Network.

The second annual live Worldwide Roll Call for the Absent took place during the afternoon and early evening of April 21, 2019. The names of 1,653 Aggies were called. Above is a recording of the 2019 event, available for on-demand viewing.

The annual Roll Call for the Absent includes the names of all Aggies whose deaths have been reported to The Association since the previous Muster. Some of those deaths happened more than a year ago, but the names are included in this year’s roll call because they have not previously been called at any Aggie Muster.

We do this because we share a great tradition, greater than the single memory of any one of us.

James Pipkin ’29

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