Texas State Faces: Irene Rodríguez-Dubberly

Graduate, newly retired teacher
delivers commencement address

Irene Rodríguez-Dubberly speaks at the SWTJC commencement.

Irene Rodríguez-Dubberly, who earned her bachelor’s here in 1970 and her master’s in 1975, delivered the commencement address at the 63rd annual Southwest Texas Junior College graduation this spring. She attended SWTJC before coming to San Marcos and also taught there for four years.

Rodríguez-Dubberly spent the last 28 years of her career as a public high school teacher. She worked in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Hondo, Pearsall, Lytle and D’Hanis school districts. She also spent five years in the Governor’s Office on Aging and three years in the Amigos del Valle senior social services program.

She has been married to Sam A. Dubberly (class of 1975) for 33 years and has two sons, Nick and Nathan. Sam Dubberly is preparing to retire from the Texas Railroad Commission after 34 years as an LP Gas Safety Inspector. As a member of the LP Gas Safety Division, he also taught at the Texas A&M Fire School, held every July, for 20 years.

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