Melton, Amos W. (1906–1966)

By: Ben H. Procter

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 20, 2020

Amos W. Melton, sports writer, intelligence officer, and university administrator, was born on December 31, 1906, in Bellevue, Texas, the son of E. Frank and Jessie Jo Melton. The family moved to Fort Worth, where Amos received his education. In 1924 he graduated from North Side High School and in 1928 from Texas Christian University, where he lettered in football, won the Bryson Poetry Prize, and edited the school newspaper. In 1928 he toured Japan, Korea, Manchuria, and China for six months. In 1929 he became a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, for which he was later an assistant financial editor and sportswriter specializing in golf and football. In 1951 he and L. R. "Dutch" Meyer coauthored Spread Formation Football. Melton entered the United States Army Air Forces in June 1942 as an intelligence officer; in 1944 he was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, for which he served twenty months in China. For a time after the surrender of the Japanese in 1945 he was a major and commanding officer in Peking. For his services he received the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two campaign stars, and a special decoration from the Nationalist Chinese government. Upon returning to Fort Worth he worked first at the Star-Telegram, then in 1949 as sports editor of the Fort Worth Press. In June 1950 he returned to TCU as business manager of athletics and director of sports publicity, and in March 1952 he became director of information services. In November 1959 he became an assistant to the chancellor, and in February 1963 he was named assistant chancellor. The Ex-Students' Association of TCU honored him in 1961 as its "Most Valuable Alumnus." He died on September 5, 1966, and was survived by his wife, the former Grace Bullock, and a daughter.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 6, 1966.

  • Education
  • University Presidents and School Administrators
  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Media
Time Periods:
  • World War II
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Fort Worth

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Ben H. Procter, “Melton, Amos W.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 18, 2022,

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November 20, 2020

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