Namesakes

Dr. Carl and Bunny Jean Raba Elementary School

Dr. Carl Raba graduated from Texas A&M University in 1968 with a doctoral degree in civil engineering. In 1968, he became President of Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc., where he has served as chairman and chief executive officer since 1980. He has received numerous professional awards including the National Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 1973, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Engineer of the Year Award in 1977, and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1994. He has been a loyal supporter of Texas A&M throughout his life, serving various advisory and development committees. He is also a dedicated community servant, giving his time and talents to the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Research Institute, the Rotary Club, and the Northside Education Foundation.

Bunny Jean Raba was born in San Antonio, Texas. She married Carl Raba in 1957. They raised five children, all graduates of NISD schools and Texas A&M University. She was one of the three co-founders of Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc., and worked there until her retirement as Senior Chairman of the Board in 2000. Bunny Jean Raba was committed to her family and friends, but also to the community. She served on numerous boards including The National Kidney Foundation, YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the NISD Education Foundation (NEF), where she spearheaded the efforts to create a major endowment for the purpose of funding student educational enrichment programs. Some of the recognitions she has received over the years include the Katherine Dial Murray "Gift of Life" Award, the YMCA Chairman's Round Table Award, the Volunteer of the Year Association Award, and the Any Baby Can Alliance Angel Award. Bunny Jean spent many hours serving on the Board of Seton Home, a home for teenage mothers choosing to keep their babies. She served as President from 1999-2002.

Bunny Jean Raba passed away on July 2, 2003, leaving behind her legacy of love, devotion, and compassion for her family and the Raba community.