AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Athletics mourns the loss of a Lifetime Longhorn who made a significant impact on not only the department, but also the entire University of Texas at Austin campus.
Clyde Rabb Littlefield passed away this morning, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
The son of legendary Longhorn track & field and football coach Clyde Littlefield, Clyde Rabb Littlefield remained heavily involved in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays his father started in 1925. To this day, it is still one of the premier meets in the country welcoming more than 7,000 athletes to campus each year. It will hold its 91st running later this month.
Littlefield graduated from Texas in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in government and earned a master’s degree in 1958. The Littlefield family long played a significant role on the UT campus, and as a longtime Austin resident, Clyde Rabb would go on to become one of the top historians when it comes to the story of The University.
Clyde Rabb Littlefield was a member of the Air Force ROTC while on campus, and shortly after graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served in Korea as unit historian. After a brief stint in business in civilian life, he returned to the Air Force as a civilian historian for 20 years before retiring in 1980.
After retiring and returning to Austin, Littlefield pursued real estate investment and property management and used his passion and talents as an historian during his free time to dig into the early history of The University of Texas and those who impacted its early days.
In 2014, the Board of Regents established the Clyde Rabb Littlefield Excellence Fund in Texas History to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. This fund helped create an endowment for an archival position at the Briscoe Center for American History. His contributions have allowed for more research and upkeep of the University Archives.
Funeral and service arrangements have not been finalized at this time.