William A. Marbury, Jr.
For the last 70-plus years, William Marbury has been a big part of Louisiana Tech University's success, on and off the playing fields. Marbury, a 1936 Tech graduate, is one of the state's most successful businessmen and one of the university's greatest benefactors, both in academics and athletics. The former president of both Homer National Bank and Ruston State Bank and Trust Company established Bankers Life of Louisiana as well as the Marbury Companies, of which he is currently president. Marbury was one of the organizers of the Louisiana Tech Foundation, of which his is privileged director today. In 1996, Marbury and his wife, Virginia donated the funds to double the size of the Louisiana Tech Marbury Alumni Center, which is named in honor of his family. The Marburys also donated the statue of George Madden Lomax, which today sits in the courtyard between Aswell and Adams Halls, in honor of the gentleman who was responsible for the legislation which led to the founding of Louisiana Tech University. The 1976 Alumnus of the Year was also inducted to the Institution's Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1995 while also receiving the honorary doctor of law from the university in 1987