Rosenthal honored posthumously with Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award

COLLEGE STATION – E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal has been honored posthumously with a Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award from Texas A&M AgriLife.

The award was established in 1993 to recognize the efforts of individuals who have gained unique distinction for their outstanding leadership and achievements on behalf of the Texas agricultural industry, the state and beyond.

“Manny Rosenthal was a leader and visionary throughout his career in the meat industry,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences for the Texas A&M University System. “He also was an advocate for education, and his legacy continues proudly here at Texas A&M with our meat science center named in his honor.”

Rosenthal, a 1942 Texas A&M graduate, was chairman emeritus of the board at Standard Meat Co. in Fort Worth. Many of the current business models in the meat industry can trace their history to the influence of Rosenthal’s models developed throughout his career, according to nominees.

In 1987, he and his wife, Roz, donated the first endowed chair in the U.S. designed to support research and education in meat science, establishing the E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chair at Texas A&M.

“Manny’s business principles were simple – give the customer what they want and work tirelessly to be a great partner with them,” said Dr. Jeff Savell, meat science professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M and Rosenthal chair.

Rosenthal maintained close ties to Texas A&M, serving on the Chancellor’s Century Council and the Campus Partners Program, as well as a frequent lecturer in various classes and hosting student tours at his plant.

In 1987, he received the highest honors bestowed on a former student, receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Association of Former Students, and the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents naming the E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center in his honor.

Dr. Kerri Harris, faculty member in Texas A&M’s department of animal science, wrote in anomination letter, “Manny loved education in all forms and was always willing to not only help out his alma mater, but also other institutions where he and his people could be a benefit to students.”

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