AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Eleanor Garrett

Graduation Year: 1954 and 1955
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education and Master's of Education, Elementary Education
Institution: Sam Houston State University

Eleanor Garrett, along with her husband, Charles, established Garrett Electronics, Inc., a metal detection empire whose name is recognized globally. Today air travelers around the world either walk through a Garrett detector or are scanned with a Garrett hand-held wand, and Olympic athletes are protected during games by security devices built at the family-operated factory in Garland. Garrett is a 1954 and 1955 graduate of SHSU. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the university in May 2010. Garrett has been commissioned as a “Yellow Rose of Texas,” an honorary recognition granted only by the Texas governor.