Here’s where these two school districts have another similarity: Both Scamardo and Looney cite their love of education,
love of kids, and love of community as their inspiration for five
decades of school board duty.
Brazos Valley Roots
Scamardo, born March 13, 1928, to first-generation
American immigrants from Sicily, was raised in a farming
family in the Brazos Valley. The youngest of three children, Scamardo went to Mumford School, which at the time went only
to eighth grade, then continued his schooling at nearby Hearne
At Hearne, Scamardo was co-captain of the football and
baseball teams and member of the National Honor Society.
After high school graduation in 1945, he attended Texas A&M
University, where he served as a colonel in the Corps of Cadets.
He earned his degree in petroleum engineering in 1949, finishing fourth in his class.
After graduation from A&M, he spent two years in the
US Army, stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During this time
he met the love of his life, Mary Joyce Krebs, and they were
wed in 1954. Following Scamardo’s military stint, the couple
returned to his family farm in Mumford. There they raised five
children, all of whom attended Mumford School and graduated
from Texas A&M University.
Three of their children went into careers in the oil industry, and two sons returned to their roots to join Scamardo in
the farming business. After 63 years together, the Scamardos
have flourished and expanded their family to include not only
five children and their spouses, but 15 grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. Scamardo’s pride and love for his family
is evident in his smile and shimmer in his eyes when he talks
You see a similar glow when Scamardo speaks of the Mumford community and the commitment he has for Mumford
School. For most of Scamardo’s life, this has been his home.
He is well known and respected throughout the community as
a successful farmer, leader, and proud supporter of the school
“Mumford School is Mumford. This is my home,” Sca-
mardo said. “I have been willing to serve for the length I have
because of trust. I trust the school. I know the school is doing
good things, and I trust the administration.”
Beginning in February 1968, Scamardo has spent his time
and energy in service on the Mumford ISD Board, the majority
of which he served as board president. He has witnessed Mum-
ford grow and expand to include more students and facilities,
including the addition of a high school in 1999.
“I am concerned for children’s education,” he said. “I want
to help make this school the best for all the children in this
community—both your children and grandchildren and my
children and grandchildren.”
Scamardo’s love of community and school has been
instilled in his children. Sons Edward and Luke continue his
legacy by serving alongside him on the Mumford ISD Board.
Nine of his grandchildren have also been proud to wear the
Mumford colors. As board president, Scamardo has presented
diplomas to five of his grandchildren.
A longtime parishioner of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in
Hearne, Scamardo served on the Parish Council and Finance
Committee. When not spending time dedicated to family, farming, school, community, and church, he loves watching sports.
Scamardo is well known
and respected throughout
the community as a
successful farmer, leader,
and proud supporter of
the school district.
Scamardo was a multisport athlete and honor student during
his school days at Hearne High School.