Thomas Gabor ’61, a survivor of the Budapest ghetto and the Hungarian revolution spoke to a standing room only crowd in Rudder Theater on Wednesday, January 25. While Rudder Theater only seats 750 people, there were an additional 200 standing and 300 more in the lobby listening in to the captivating story of how Mr. Gabor came to Texas A&M from Hungary to graduate in 1961 with a degree in chemical engineering. Mr. Gabor brought his wife, also a child survivor of the Holocaust in France, and two grown children to Aggieland for his first trip back in over 55 years.
As part of his visit, Mr. Gabor and family were warmly welcomed by the Association of Former Students, the Student Body President, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and other dignitaries. The Gabors had golf cart tours of campus (including his dorm for four years, Walton Hall), visited the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and even went shopping for Aggie gear. The historic Wednesday night talk was recorded by KAMU and will be made available soon for watching following editing. Please visit our Facebook photo gallery for a collection of photos. The Battalion and The Eagle both covered the story and Mr. Gabor sat down for an interview with KBTX.