On Losing B Rapoport

Last Thursday, The University of Texas lost another great legend. Bernie Rapoport, known to many as “B”, was an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a community leader, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a Longhorn.

Rapoport received a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1939. He chaired the University of Texas Board of Regents, and served on many more university advisory boards. Mr. Rapoport gave endless amounts of time and dedication to this great University. He was honored in 1997 with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

He will be missed, but his legacy lives on in scholarships and multiple endowed chairs and professorships, as well as through the educations he enabled and the minds he helped equip. He personified the lifetime of service for which we hope all our alumni strive.

To his wife Audre and his family: On behalf of 400,000 alumni and 94,000 members of the Texas Exes, thank you for sharing Bernie Rapoport with the University of Texas at Austin. The blessing of his life and service lives on at the Forty Acres forever.



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