Class of 1952 ~ Platinum Graduates
Class of 1962 ~ Golden Graduates
Class of 1987 ~ Silver Graduates
The Captain Paul W. Peña Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented to two Academy Alumni at
the Homecoming 2012 Pre-Game ceremonies. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening,
October 19, 2012, for this special presentation!
James R. ”Jim“ Holcomb, from the SMA Class of 1960 will receive the
Captain Paul W. Pena Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of his outstanding
Jim attended San Marcos Academy three years. As a member of the JROTC, Jim was named
Best Drilled Cadet in 1958. He participated in the band and served as the battalion bugler.
He was a member of the golf, tennis, track and baseball teams. Jim also served on
After graduation from San Marcos Academy in 1960, Jim attended Texas Tech University, earning
a BBA in Finance (Banking) in 1965. In addition to his JROTC training at San Marcos Academy,
Jim completed the US Army ROTC course at Texas Tech. Upon his graduation from Texas Tech,
Jim was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army. He served in the Army until his retirement
in 1967, when he accepted a job with Texas Commerce Bank in Houston. Several years later Jim
left banking for the real estate brokerage industry. In the 1980’s he founded Holcomb Properties
and transitioned from brokerage to real estate acquisition, development and management. During
Jim’s career he acquired numerous lots and tracts of land, then developed subdivisions, commercial
parks and retail shopping centers in the Houston area.
Jim is active with the Greater Houston Builders Association as a member of the Developers Council
and Chairman of the Homebuilders Political Action Committee for the past 10 years. Jim was named
Greater Houston Builders Association “Developer of the Year” in 2008. He was President of the
Houston Real Estate Council in 2004, and was an active major contributor to Texans for Lawsuit Reform,
and board member and president of Tanglewood Homes Association of Houston.
Jim has been an active member of the Rawls College of Business Advisory Council, sponsoring
field trips and awarding Real Estate internships and scholarships to deserving business school
students. In 2010, Jim was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of Rawls University College of
Business at Texas Tech University.
Also receiving the award, posthumously, is E.A. ”Mannie“ Foster. Mannie
graduated from SMA in 1925 and attended SMA for post graduate work in 1926, when he also
served as Corps Commander. He married his sweetheart, June Edgar, from the SMA class of 1926.
Mannie and June each attended Baylor University for one year. Mannie spent most of his business
career in Oklahoma. For twenty-five years, he raised cattle in New Castle. He was employed by
the Department of Agriculture for three years. Mannie was in the retail lumber and home building
business in Oklahoma City where he served as Vice President of Calloway, Carey and Foster
Construction. In Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Mannie organized the Kiwanis Club and served as the
organization’s first president. His career also led him to Pauls Valley and Norman, Oklahoma.
While in Norman, Mannie was elected president of the Norman Home Builders Association. In the
1970’s Mannie moved to Brownwood Texas. Not one to be idle, Mannie entered semi-retirement and
formed a partnership with his brother in small acreage developments in Navarro, Freestone and
Mannie might best be remembered by SMA students of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s for the student
emergency fund he established. The fund offered students an opportunity to borrow money and repay
as they were able. Although the fund was primarily intended as a loan fund, administrators were
given latitude to forgive the debt or a portion of the debt. Mannie graciously replenished the
fund from time to time.
Following June’s death in 1974, Mannie established the June Edgar Foster Scholarship. SMA coeds,
and a few select cadets, were awarded the scholarship, reflecting Mannie’s love for his high school
sweetheart and wife of 47 years. Mannie kept in personal contact with scholarship recipients, often
visiting campus for special events in which they were involved. Of the nine coeds and one cadet
receiving the June Edgar Foster Scholarship prior to Mannie’s death, two became Valedictorian, one
was the McNiel Cup recipient and three were awarded the President’s Cup. One was named Top Twelve,
one was selected as Miss SMA and several were National Honor Society members. Without a doubt,
Mannie Foster’s influence played a part in the success of these students!
Mannie was a very active alumnus, who gave selflessly to Academy programs. He served as Alumni
Council president from 1964-1968 and again in 1977-78. He was awarded an Honorary Lifetime
Membership in the Alumni Association. In 1976, Mannie received the Academy’s Distinguished
Mannie Foster is receiving the Captain Paul W. Peña Outstanding Alumni Award for outstanding service
to the San Marcos Academy community.
If you wish to nominate an Academy graduate for the Captain Paul W. Peña Outstanding Alumni Award,
please submit your nomination in writing to an Alumni Council member.
Each year we award commemorative diplomas to our Golden and Silver graduates who attend
Homecoming events. We will recognize the Class of 1962 as our Golden Graduates and the
Class of 1987 as our Silver Graduates at Homecoming 2012.
I encourage everyone to make hotel reservations now as hotels tend to fill up quickly!
Please contact me if you are willing to coordinate the reunion for class years ending
in two or seven.
Did your yearbook get lost, misplaced or damaged?
Several copies of yearbooks from most years are still available. Contact
Madeline De Long, Director of Alumni Relations at
for more information and start reminiscing!