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January 30, 2012

Banquet honors former House Speaker

National championship volleyball team also recognized

Gus Mutscher, Don Wilhelm  & Blinn President Dr. Harold Nolte

Former Texas House of Representatives Speaker Gus Mutscher (left) receives the “Pride, Honor and Dedication” Award at the Buccaneer Alumni Lettermen’s Association All-Sports Banquet Saturday night. He is joined by former Blinn athletic director Don Wilhelm (center) and Blinn President Dr. Harold Nolte (right).

Former Texas House of Representatives Speaker Gus Mutscher was recognized with the “Pride, Honor and Dedication” (PHD) Award at the Buccaneer Alumni Lettermen’s Association All-Sports Banquet Saturday night.

Mutscher, a Brenham High School and Blinn College graduate, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1960 at the age of 28 and served as Speaker from 1969-72. He was appointed Washington County Judge in 1976 and spent the next 14 years pursuing an agenda of administrative and judicial modernization.

An avid supporter of Blinn College athletics, Mutscher was a two-year letterman for the Blinn baseball team from 1951-52.

Past recipients of the PHD Award include former Blinn baseball coach Brian Roper, former Blinn President Dr. Don Voelter and former Blinn athletic director Don Wilhelm.

The banquet, which also honored Blinn’s undefeated 2011 national champion volleyball team, raised money for Blinn’s athletic programs.