John V. Roach was born in 1938 in Stamford, Texas, but moved to Fort Worth with his family at the age of four. After World War II, his father operated a small neighborhood grocery store.
During his college years at TCU, Mr. Roach held jobs unloading box cars and working as a field engineer. He earned a degree in physics and math, and returned two years later to earn a master's degree in business administration.
In 1967, Mr. Roach joined Tandy Corporation as a data processing manager. By 1981, Mr. Roach was one of the youngest CEOs in the country. He became chairman and CEO in 1983, and held those positions until he retired in 1999.
Mr. Roach was elected chairman of TCU's Board of Trustees in 1990.more » « less