Remembering Dr. Jack H. Longbotham

Written by: Justin Ikpo (
Post date: December 09, 2015

Longtime Texas educator Dr. Jack H. Longbotham ’68 passed away on November 28, 2015. Dr. Longbotham made a profound impact on Texas education with over 40 years of academic service.

Dr. Longbotham received his doctorate at Texas A&M in 1968. Afterward, he spent two years as an assistant professor for the university, which led to his long and decorated career in education. He later served as a professor and dean of education at Hardin-Simmons University for 28 years.

In 2003, Dr. Longbotham’s sister, Geraldine Longbotham Bowers, established the “Jack H. Longbotham, Ph.D. '68 Endowed Scholarship” in his honor to support undergraduate students working towards teacher certifications.

“I am very grateful [for] receiving the scholarship. It has been helping me in a great way,” said recent recipient Danielle Stein, sophomore. “I am very excited for my future and cannot wait to begin teaching.”

Dr. Longbotham, his wife Elisabeth ’68, and their family have been supporters of Texas A&M University for years. In addition, their five grandchildren: Lynsey Gabert '09, Hudson High '12, Nolan DeMent '13, '15, Elisabeth High '16, and Harrison High '18, have all followed in the Aggie tradition.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Please designate gifts “in memory of Jack Longbotham” in the memo line.  Gifts received will be applied to the “Jack H. Longbotham, Ph.D., 68 Endowed Scholarship that benefits students pursuing teacher certification in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.