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January 7th, 2012
San Marcos business giant Emmett McCoy dies

Emmett and Miriam McCoy. PHOTO via TEXAS STATE

Local business leader and philanthropist Emmett McCoy, who grew his father’s roofing supply and contracting business into a five-state chain of building supply centers, has died. Read his obituary here.

San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero had this to say:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Emmett McCoy, who has been an outstanding business leader and benefactor in our community for many years. Our hearts go out to Miriam McCoy, the McCoy family and the McCoy Corporation employees.

Emmett and Miriam McCoy have long been quiet, unassuming and generous donors to the San Marcos community, helping build the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center, the San Marcos Animal Shelter and assisting the City of San Marcos in purchasing the Spring Lake Natural Area a few years ago.  Their support for Texas State University established the McCoy College of Business Administration.

Emmett McCoy leaves a lasting legacy, and we are profoundly grateful for his life and service.

Texas State University President Denise Trauth released the following statement:

Emmett McCoy was a man of unmatched integrity, honor and generosity. He led by example, and his leadership taught us lessons in dignity and humility. He was a dear and cherished friend of Texas State University, and it is a privilege to have known him. We will miss him very much.”

In 2004, McCoy and his wife, Miriam, made the largest philanthropic gift to Texas State in the university’s history–$20 million to enhance programs in business administration. In return, the university named its College of Business Administration the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration. Dedicated in 2006, Emmett and Miriam McCoy Hall on campus is also named in their honor and houses the McCoy College.

In 2006, the McCoys received the university’s President’s Excellence Award and, in 2007, they were awarded honorary doctoral degrees by the university.

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One thought on “San Marcos business giant Emmett McCoy dies

  1. To the family of Mr. Emmett McCoy,

    As a Texas State alumnus, I wish to say “thank you” for both your generosity and your vision.


    Steve Thompson
    Class of 2001

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