Henry C. Dethloff

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Henry Clay Dethloff
Born (1934-08-10) August 10, 1934 (age 84)
ResidenceCollege Station
Brazos County, Texas
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin

Northwestern State University

University of Missouri
Professor emeritus
Political partyRepublican[1]
Spouse(s)Myrtle Anne Elliott Dethloff
ChildrenCarl Henry Dethloff
Clay Elliott Dethloff
Parent(s)Carl Curt and Camelia Jordan Dethloff
(1) Dethloff's writings center upon Texas A&M University in College Station, where he instructed history since 1969. (2) Dethloff has written a history of Texas A&M University, a study of TAMU students going to war, and a history of the TAMU press.

Henry Clay Dethloff (born August 10, 1934) is a professor emeritus of history at Texas A&M University in College Station who has written more than two dozen books on topics ranging from the space program to agriculture, American business, and Texas A&M itself, the institution with which he was primarily affiliated during his academic career.


Dethloff, the son of Carl Curt Dethloff (1900–1977) and the former Camelia Jordan (1907–2000), was born in New Orleans[1] and reared in Natchitoches, an historic city in north central Louisiana. His brother, Carl Richard "Dick" Dethloff (1929–2007), a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, became a prominent insurance agent in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he lived from 1957 until his death with his wife, the former Bobbie Winstead (1931-2017), a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a member of the Shreveport Club.[2] Dethloff also has a sister, Cammie D. Girand.

Dethloff graduated in 1952 from Natchitoches High School, renamed Natchitoches Central High School after desegregation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956, his Master of Arts from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches in 1960, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, in 1964. While an undergraduate at UT, he became a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[3] He joined the TAMU faculty in 1969 and served as the department chairman from 1980 to 1985. From 1962-1968, he was, respectively, an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana.[1]

Dethloff and his wife, the former Myrtle Anne Elliott, married on August 27, 1961. The couples resides in College Station. They have two sons, Carl Henry Dethloff and Clay Elliott Dethloff.[1]


One of his most publicized works is A Pictorial History of Texas A & M: A Tradition in Higher Education, which was published as two titles in 1975: A Pictorial History of Texas A & M University: 1876-1976 (TAMU Press) and A Centennial History of Texas A & M University: 1876-1976 (the Association of Former Students in conjunction with TAMU Press).[1] In the A&M history, he attributes much of the expansion of the institution and the introduction of women as students to the work of State Senator William T. "Bill" Moore, who served in the upper chamber of the legislature from 1949 to 1981.[4]

Dethloff's other books include:

  • The United States and the Global Economy Since 1945
  • Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service to Their Country (with John A. Adams, Jr.)
  • Voyagers Grand Tour: To the Outer Planets and Beyond (with Joli A. Ballew, 2003, includes access to the archives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • Suddenly Tomorrow Came: A History of the Johnson Space Center[1]
  • A Bookmark: Texas A&M University Press
  • Our Louisiana Legacy (an examination at how Louisiana culture has affected the nation)
  • Special Kind of Doctor: A History of Veterinary Medicine in Texas
  • Southwestern Agriculture: Pre-Columbian to Modern
  • Pattillo Higgins and the Search for Texas Oil (with Robert W. McDaniel)
  • Sterling C. Evans: Life, Learning, and Literature.

Dethloff has established extensive archives of his publication materials at the Sterling C. Evans Library at TAMU. He has been affiliated with Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, and the Texas State, the Louisiana, Agriculture, and Economic history associations.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Henry Clay Dethloff, Who's Who in America, 47th ed. (1992-1993), p. 849
  2. ^ "Bobbie Winstead Dethloff (sister-in-law of Henry C. Dethloff)". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Cactus Yearbook. Austin, TX: University of Texas. 1966. p. 322.
  4. ^ Robert C. Borden, "Bull of the Brazos dies: Moore was champion of Texas A&M," Bryan-College Station Eagle, May 28, 1999, pp. 1-3