Raymond Dale Brigham, PhD

04/01/1926 –


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Raymond Dale Brigham, Ph.D., died of natural causes on Monday, July 13, 2020.  Raymond was born April 1, 1926, in Stamford, Texas to parents H. Floyd and Rose Brigham.  He married the love of his life, Virginia May (Trenfield) Brigham on December 26, 1949.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and to share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon on this page.

Raymond was a patriot and proud of his military service.  After graduating a year early from Stamford High School, Raymond was called to service during World War II.  He served with a U.S. Army Tank Destroyer unit in France, Belgium, and Germany.  After becoming gravely ill on the front lines, he spent months in the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.  Eventually, he was boarded on a hospital ship and brought home to the U.S.  He was then transported on a hospital train to Temple, Texas, where he recuperated.  He became a Life Member of Chapter 44, Disabled American Veterans, and Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  In 2016, he was a delegate to the Texas South Plains Honor Flight and was chosen to represent Texas WWII veterans by placing a ceremonial wreath at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Following WWII, Raymond went on to earn a BS in Agriculture from Texas Tech University in 1950.  At Tech, he was an officer of his academic class and the Saddle Tramps.  He went on to earn an MS (1952) and PhD. (1957) in Crop Breeding and Genetics at Iowa State University. From there, he and his growing family relocated to College Station, where he began his professional career with USDA Agricultural Research Service.  The family relocated to Lubbock in 1962, where Raymond eventually joined the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station faculty in 1967 as a faculty member with Texas A&M.  During his 37-year career, he led an extensive oilseed breeding and research program that attracted visiting scientists and trainees from around the world.  Raymond authored over 160 professional publications on oilseed crops and was in demand as a speaker and trainer for regional, national, and international programs.  He served as consultant and technical advisor to the USAID, World Bank, FAO-United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency, USDA, Winrock International, and Ministries of Agriculture in numerous countries.  He continued his consulting after retirement.  Over the course of his life, his work took him to more than 65 countries on six continents, including work in Nicaragua, India, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.  His wife, Virginia, accompanied him on many of these trips.

Raymond was also an active civic and community leader throughout his life.  He was a member of Oakwood United Methodist Church, Lubbock, serving as Vice-Chair of the Administrative Council, delegate to the South Plains Regional Conference, McMurry College representative, Lay Leader to Annual Conference, member of the greeting committee, and in many other roles.  He also served on the Boards of the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio and Coventry Health System.

Together, Raymond and Virginia served as United Methodist Volunteers in Mission for several years, traveling to and working at McCurdy Ministries Community Center, Espanola, New Mexico.   They also loved and supported Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Girls Town, Amarillo, Texas.

Throughout their 70-year marriage, they managed the family farm in Stamford and their registered Polled Hereford herd at Follett.  They enjoyed traveling, making friends, and exploring the country in their Foretravel motorhome.  Cruises with their family were also a favorite activity in retirement.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Neal Brigham, and daughter, Elaine Brigham.

He is survived by his wife; sister, Lona Hood of Midland; and children, Barbara Reed (Jay) of Kansas City, MO; Ray Brigham (Melinda) of Boerne, TX; Dale Brigham (Jo Turner) of Columbia, MO.



In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to Chapter 44 of the Disabled American Veterans, 7414 83rd Street, Lubbock, TX 79424.


12 thoughts on “Raymond Dale Brigham, PhD”

  1. Barbara, Richard and I send our condolences and are thinking of you and family. Merrily was nice to share his passing. We are wishing you strength and peace in these moments.
    Take Great Care,
    Richard and John

  2. Leon and I are so sad to hear about Raymond. He and I shared a love of the New Hope Community and its history. He and Virginia always stopped by on their visits to their farm.

  3. During my short stay at the Texas A&M Experiment Station at Lubbock in late 1970s, Dr. Brigham was a bright spot in the faculty there helping me to understand the procedures of the facility. He became a friend and often we had good conversations.

  4. Mr. Brigham always brought a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. He was an amazing man with fascinating stories. I got to know him well at the VA clinic and served as staff on the Honor Flight the year he went (I take credit for encouraging him to fill out the application to go). I remember telling him before the trip that he might want to get some tennis shoes – but he promptly told me, “no, I’ll just wear my walking boots”.

    I pray that God grants peace to your family during this time. My thoughts are with you.

    Angela Allen, RN

  5. I remember Raymond working (and shopping!) at the estate sales run by Oakwood UMC. Here was a man who loved his tools – he never met a tool he didn’t want to buy! He was a hard working, God-fearing man who will be missed by all. Prayers for Virginia and his family.

  6. David L. Bush, Ph.D.

    I didn’t know Dr. Brigham as well as I would have liked but I did get to know him well enough to respect and admire him professionally and like him personally. I first met him several years ago when I took a plant breeding job with a seed company in the Texas Rolling Plains. The company decided I needed to know how to breed soybeans so I went to Lubbock to see Dr. Brigham. I spent a very enjoyable week in the field with him learning the theory and practice of oilseed breeding. Several years later I got reaquanted with Dr.and Mrs. Brigham at a TTU Museum members dinner. We had a great time talking about everything and at future annual TTU Museum dinners Harriet and I always looked for the Brighams to sit with and talk to. I really admired Dr. Brigham.

  7. I met Mr. Brigham through my work at the VA Clinic and the DAV in Lubbock. He was friendly and kind, and always had a hello whenever we saw each other. My sincere condolences to the family.

  8. Cami Brigham Low

    I will always remember Raymond’s love of life and history. My sincerest condolences.

  9. Mark and Jonnette Piercy

    Ray and family, I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Brigham. Great memories of growing up on 61st Street with you and the family. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

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