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Remembering Dr. William Tucker, TCU Chancellor 1979-1998

Dr. William Edward “Bill” Tucker ’56, former Chancellor of Texas Christian University, passed away on Oct. 14, 2022. Chancellor Tucker was a visionary and beloved leader during a pivotal time of growth for TCU, 1979 - 1998.

“Chancellor Emeritus Tucker and his family have remained a vital part of the fabric of our TCU community over the years, said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. “For those who did not have the pleasure of meeting him, he always had a kind word for everyone he met – and he knew everyone on campus. He was also a friend and mentor to me and my family as we became a part of the Horned Frog family.”

Dr. Tucker was a proud Horned Frog and was instrumental in growing TCU from a regional university to the national university it is today. He was lauded as an American academic administrator and minister, and he touched the lives of many students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“Generations of Horned Frogs are fortunate to have had Chancellor Tucker as a leader who exemplified integrity, intelligence and grace,” Chancellor Boschini continued. “His legacy also extends well beyond TCU; Chancellor Tucker was one of the most respected and faithful leaders in the Disciples of Christ Church.”

Dr. Tucker is survived by his beloved wife Jean ’56, their daughter, TCU Trustee Jan Tucker Scully ’79, sons William Edward Tucker and Gordon Vance Tucker, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The TCU flag will be lowered in loving memory and respect for this remarkable leader, who left an indelible mark on TCU.

Remembrance and celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Tucker will be shared in the coming days in TCU Magazine.

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