In 1933 Thurman Jasper enrolled at North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington. He began an undergraduate career leading to a degree in Education and Mathematics from Texas Technological College in 1938.
World War II interrupted his employment as a public school math teacher, and Thurman entered the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1946, he returned to NTAC to begin a 35-year connection with UT Arlington serving on the faculty of the Math Department.
Community service has always been a major part of life for Thurman. In the 1970’s, he created the Lone Star Baseball League to allow youngsters to participate in games free of the pressure associated with other juvenile leagues. He has been heavily involved in the service projects of the Arlington Kiwanis Club.
In 1985, he joined the UTA Retirees Club and has served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Although legally blind, he continues to volunteer with Arlington Charities and serves the Arlington Historical Society.
In 2006 Thurman was again recognized for his community service by the Dallas Cowboys and named runner up for the Community Quarterback Award for his volunteer efforts with the National Federation of the Blind in Arlington.
For these outstanding reasons and to honor his dedication to UT Arlington, the UT Arlington Retirees Club and the entire Arlington community, the Elwood Preiss Distinguished Retiree Service Award is hereby presented to Thurman Jasper.