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The distinguished career of the late Ambassador Roy M. Huffington ’38 included global oil and gas exploration, international business, military service in the U.S. Navy and diplomatic service as U.S. Ambassador to Austria. Ambassador Huffington’s lifelong love for and association with SMU began as an undergraduate, earning a B.S. degree in geology from SMU, and continued throughout his life as he served as a trustee and a trustee emeritus. He received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SMU in 1990 and received The Mustang Award in 1996 with his wife, Phyllis Gough Huffington ’43, for longtime service and philanthropy to the University. The couple served on the Texas Campaign Committee during SMU’s “A Time to Lead” campaign. In 2008 Ambassador Huffington made gifts to endow SMU’s Geology Department, for which the University renamed it the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.