Distinguished Alumni

Richard P. Ritchie ’77 is an attorney with The Richard P. Ritchie Law firm in Mineral Wells, Texas, alongside his father, John P. Ritchie. He has practiced law since 1991. He previously served a 12-year term as a member on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of The Legacy Society.


He is most recognized for his athletic career at Texas A&M-Kingsville, having played on the football team as the quarterback from 1973-76. He started and competed in 39 consecutive games, with the team compiling an undefeated 39-0-0 record. During his time as the quarterback, the Javelinas won three national championships as well as three Lone Star Conference titles. As a student-athlete, Mr. Ritchie was named NAIA Player of the Year in 1976, LSC Back of the Year in 1975 and 1976, and was all-LSC for three years. Mr. Ritchie was also an Academic All-American, three-time LSC All-Academic and a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society.


Earning many awards in recognition of his time with the team, Ritchie was inducted into the Javelina Hall of Fame in 1983, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor in 1999. After graduation, Mr. Ritchie held various coaching positions at the University of Texas, North Texas State University and Texas Tech.


Ritchie created the Richard Ritchie Endowment in support of Javelina Athletics and has been involved in the Javelina Throwback campaign as a supporter for throwback football jerseys. He and his wife, Penny, regularly attend Javelina Football games and other university social events.


Ritchie earned his bachelor’s degree in education/kinesiology from Texas A&I University in 1977 and earned his juris doctor degree from St. Mary’s University in 1991.


Click on the names below of the honorees to read their respective bio:


Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin '79

Jackie Collins '72

Dr. Brian McFall '05, '08

C. Michelle Unda '05