Retired entomology professor donates legacy to Texas A&M


February 5, 2021



Texas A&M University has announced a legacy gift created for the school by the Frisbie family.

Dr. Ray and Renée Frisbie have committed a legacy gift through their estate utilizing a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust that will support generations of students after their lifetimes.

Dr. Frisbie, a professor emeritus, began his career as an entomologist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He spent his entire career at Texas A&M and became an internationally recognized expert in integrated pest management (IPM). He also served as a professor and head of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Entomology for the last nine years of his tenure. He retired in 2003.

“I love Texas A&M. I’m an Aggie by choice, I guess, having worked here for 31 years,” Dr. Frisbie said in a recent Texas A&M Foundation Gift Legacy newsletter. “The price of education has risen so sharply that it’s difficult for the average person to go to college. So, the theme of our gift is investing in education, and it is primarily directed toward scholarships or graduate assistantships.”

The Frisbies’ estate gift will support scholarships and program funding in IPM.

During his time as department head, Dr. Frisbie helped develop a collaborative research consortium between Texas A&M, The University of Texas and Texas Tech University to develop IPM tactics to manage the red imported fire ant.

To further his dedication and work, the Dr. Raymond E. and Renée Barsalou Frisbie Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Department of Entomology Integrated Pest Management Program Support Fund will advance IPM research by funding travel, equipment and supplies, and special projects for the AgriLife Extension IPM Program.

The estate gift will also be used for coastal conservation, special education and gardening.


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