Brems look to the future for engineering students at Texas A&M

Dr. Alfred F. "Fred" and Rebecca Brem are keeping Texas A&M University in mind while they plan for their own futures.

The couple from Punta Gorda, Fla., recently announced scholarships for electrical and computer engineering and nuclear engineering students through an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) in their estate plan.

Photo Dr. Alfred F. "Fred" and Rebecca Brem

Fred Brem '72 on the Oregon coast

"We are grateful to the Brems for their investment in the continuing excellence of our programs. Planned gifts provide a stable revenue stream that will benefit future generations of students," said Jo W. Howze, senior associate dean for academic programs.

The scholarships will be administered by the Texas A&M Foundation, named by the Brems as the IRA beneficiary. Recipients of the Dr. Alfred F. Brem '72 Endowed Scholarships will be awarded with a preference for incoming freshmen who demonstrate financial need. The awards are renewable for four years if the students maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average.

"I desire to help other students achieve their dreams," said Fred Brem, who grew up on a small farm in West, Texas. A former engineer, he is now a psychiatrist with more than 30 years working in Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Oregon, Montana and Florida.

Brem is currently with the Port Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, part of the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Florida. His previous positions with the VA healthcare system have included Montana, Oregon and Idaho.

Brem earned B.S. degrees in electrical and nuclear engineering degrees from Texas A&M in 1972. As a student on campus, Brem was a member of the national engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE's electrical and computer engineering honor society.

After Texas A&M he worked at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas, as an electrical design engineer on the F-16 fighter aircraft. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 through 1988, attaining the rank of major.

He then attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, graduating with a Doctor of Osteopathy degree. He is licensed in Alabama and Oregon.

"I learned critical thinking skills in engineering that I have been able to apply in my medical career," Brem said.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.