Lyndon B. Johnson, 1962
On a visit to Texas A&M in 1962 as Vice President, the Texas native and Texas Senator stopped at the Activation Analysis Research Laboratory, founded by Texas A&M Nuclear Science Professor Richard E Wainerdi.
The president had a close relationship with former Texas A&M President Gen. James Earl Rudder. Johnson sought Rudder’s support during his campaign for senate and sought his advice on an array of issues in Vietnam. When Rudder passed away in 1970, Johnson, a year removed from the White House, returned to campus for his funeral.