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C. W. W. "TEX" COOK

1909 - 2003

 

C.W.W. “Tex” Cook was a man of many hats. 
 

He had a distinguished life in business beginning his career with Proctor and Gamble as a “production trainee,” later rising through the ranks of General foods to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 1974.

 

He served on the boards of Shell Oil and Chase Manhattan Bank as well as General Foods and was admired by many of the best and brightest in American business.

 

But it was “Tex’s” devotion to community that our family will remember him for most. A graduate of the University of Texas and a winner of its most prestigious “Distinguished Alumnus” award, Tex always treasured his Texas roots- - in spite of the fact that he was born in HugoOklahoma.

 

I think he felt that in many ways life really “began” for him when he got to Texas, and so it was to Texas he retired.

 

A gentle man and a gentleman, Tex was a giant in stature and in generosity. The hat he wore that I will always remember was his civic hat. He came to his community “hat in hand” as Chairman of The United Way, Seton Medical Center and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center raising money, respect and effectiveness for the causes he believed in. All he served are better for him. All he knew have more worthy lives because of his example.

 

He is survived by his beloved and always gracious wife Ethel Frances Crain of Longview, his children David W. Cook and Ann Cook of Alexandria, and a state made far richer and wiser because of his sacrifice and counsel.      

 

L.J. 


 

 

JEAN HOUSTON BALDWIN DANIEL


1916-2002

  

Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel had every reason to love Texas history and she did.  Her proud birthright, as the direct descendant of Sam Houston, (her great-great grandfather) gave her a head start.  A longtime member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, she died at age 86 after a life of public service with her husband, Price Daniel, a key player in Texas politics and the prime force in establishing the Texas State Archives and Library.

 

Together the Daniels are credited with saving historic records which had been scattered and ultimately were moved to the handsome new Archives building adjoining the State Capitol.

 

Jean Daniel grew up hearing the stories of Sam Houston’s life, many of them hand-me-down stories through her great-grandmother, Houston’s oldest daughter.

 

A major interest was the Texas Governor’s Mansion, the fourth oldest in the U.S., which was occupied by Sam Houston from 1859-1861 when he was governor.  He brought to the mansion a coach crowded with seven children and his wife, Margaret Lea, who was expecting their eighth child.  Almost one hundred years later, Jean Daniel moved into the same mansion as wife of Governor Daniel Price.

 

Her interest in the Mansion was heightened when a large chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling during a party.  When work began replacing the plaster, it led to reinforcing the badly sagging staircase and foundations.  Ever the researcher, Jean Daniel went to the scattered state archives to study records on the mansion.  Restoration Architect James L. Hendricks researched the original appearance of the house in the files which Mrs. Daniel and Austin writer Dorothy Blodgett accumulated for twenty years.  They obtained a comprehensive history of the house and their book was published in 1984.

 

Credit belongs to Jean Daniel for the acquisition of valuable historical material as gifts from the private collection of former residents.  Many gave cherished items and archival material with her word that they would be shared with future generations/  She entertained these former residents in the Mansion and shared with them their gifts housed in handsome antique breakfronts for easy public viewing.

 

One of the most valuable former residents was Miss Ima Hogg whose collection and memories were extensive  She shared a small hand-drawn map which she drew as a young girl at the mansion when her father, James Hogg was Governor.  Miss Ima’s other gift to the Mansion collection was a family hymnal used during the Hogg occupancy.  Many other mementos were presented to the Mansion and indeed Mrs. Daniel gave her own rock crystal dresser pieces with sliver, which had belonged to her great-great grandmother, Margaret Houston.

 

Throughout her own life and marriage in 1940 to Price Daniel, an energetic Texas political figure, she was a significant part of the political story of Texas for four decades.  She began her honeymoon by campaigning for her husband, running for the Texas legislature, then up, up the political ladder for attorney general, U.S. Senator, and governor and a member of the Texas Supreme Court.

 

The two became dedicated collectors of Texas history and brought about the State Archives and Library Building so that the scattered documents of Texas could be held in a safe and accessible place.

 

Later, Governor Clements prodded the Sixty-sixth Legislature to create a renovation/restoration study committee and Mrs. Daniel was named chairman.  The committee recommended a $1 million appropriation to repair and restore the basic structure and make changes for the comfort of a contemporary occupant.  The State appropriated the money on the last day of the session, May 28, 1979.

 

What a contribution to all, especially those of us who are swept up and writing about the history of Texas and its heroes. 

 

Jean Daniel’s mark as a Texas historian came mainly as First Lady of Texas.  In that handsome and imposing Governor’s Mansion, she was inspired to research and co-author two beautifully illustrated books, about other Executive Mansions and State Capitols of America. 

 

She will be remembered as poised, modest, and beloved by her husband, her children, and friends.  She is a major reason that, historically, Texas is well-documented in the eyes of writers and historians who continued to be accommodated at the State Archives.

L.C.

 

 

 


 


HOWARD DWAYNE GRAVES

1939-2003

 

Howard Graves’ life was characterized by public service, devotion to others, and the pursuit of academic excellence. A native of the Panhandle town of Roaring Springs, Texas, Graves graduated from West Point in 1961. Over a long, distinguished, and exceptionally varied military career he fulfilled many important assignments, ranging from combat duty to postings at the highest levels of national defense. His first assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division in the Dominican Republic. He also served a combat tour in Vietnam from 1968-1969 with the First Air Cavalry Division. In 1974, he was appointed military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, James Schlessinger.  He later commanded the 54th Engineer Battalion in Germany and attended the Army War College.  In 1982, he was promoted to Brigadier General and served as the Assistant Division Commander of the First Cavalry Division.  In 1985, he became Vice Director of the Joint Staff, where he was responsible for implementing many aspects of the Defense Reorganization Act of 1986.  He also served as the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this assignment he represented the Chairman at White House and other interagency meetings, attended Presidential cabinet meetings, and worked with the Secretary of State on numerous assignments, including diplomatic efforts relating to Desert Storm. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant General.

 

But if military service was one major theme of his professional life, education was the other.  After graduating from West Point, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning a bachelor of letters.  He would later return to take a master of arts and a master of letters.  He taught international relations and comparative government at West Point, rising from instructor to associate professor.  In the 1980s, he served as Commandant of the Army War College and his last military post was a five-year tour as the 54th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy.  After his retirement, he held the Visiting Tom Slick Professorship in World Peace at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. And, finally, in 1999 he was appointed Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. During this appointment he worked tirelessly to advance the mission of the A&M System, one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country, with 25,000 full-time faculty and staff, 98,000 students, and an annual budget of nearly $3 billion.  Under his leadership, two new A&M campuses were approved, the Health Science Center undertook a program of remarkable growth, and an aggressive initiative to help meet the state’s growing demand for public school teachers was instituted.  

 

His many decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and West Point’s Distinguished Graduate Award.

 

Two years into his term as Chancellor of the A&M system he was diagnosed with cancer.  Despite an aggressive program of chemotherapy he continued to work tirelessly on behalf of the system. When failing health finally led him to step down, in typical fashion he placed the emphasis on the positive, stating that he had not only fought but won the battle against cancer for more than two years.  A deeply religious man, in lieu of flowers and other memorials he asked that those wishing to remember him make donations to the Officer’s Christian Fellowship and a scholarship fund carrying his name. He is survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren. 

 

S.E.S.

 

 

 


 

JOHN HENRY HANNAH JR.
1939-2003

Of Judge John Henry, Jr., myriads of words might be spoken, volumes might be written, for so varied and vast were his talents, his interests and his attainments.  On December 4. 2003, God, in His infinite wisdom called Judge Hannah from a life of remarkable service to his heavenly home of eternal repose; thereupon the weak and disadvantages of the world lost one of their staunchest advocates, and the members of the legal community and the citizens of Texas were deprived of a truly outstanding lawyer and judge. 

           

John Hannah was born June 30, 1939 to John Hannah, Sr. and Velma Youngblood Hannah in Diboll, Texas.  They indoctrinated young John with the principle that it was the duty of the strong to protect the weak and help the less fortunate.

           

John enlisted in the Navy and served for four years aboard Destroyer Escorts.  Upon his return to college he became active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  At the remarkably tender age of 26, John was elected to the state legislature and there served three terms.  In his last legislative term he became one of the leaders of a bipartisan coalition of 30 of the 150 legislators which pressed for the investigation of the Speaker of the House pertaining to the Sharpstown Band scandal, resulting in the conviction and removal of the Speaker and the largest turnover in the membership of the Texas legislature in the twentieth century.  This group of legislators became known as “The Dirty Thirty.”

           

John next was elected District Attorney of Angelina County.  Two years later he became the general counsel for the public interest group, “Common Cause.”  There he worked to ensure that the recently passed reform legislation, the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Open Records Act and the Lobby Control Act, all of which John had drafted, was protected.

           

After a period of private practice in Lufkin, John was appointed in 1977 to what he characterized as his favorite job, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.  He embarked upon a crusade against public corruption in East Texas during which he prosecuted and convicted several sheriffs and county commissioners, over 30 individuals.

           

Next followed ten years of private practice of law in Tyler.  John considered that his finest hour as a prosecutor played out in a courtroom in Hemphill, Texas, where he prosecuted the town’s popular police chief and two deputies accused of violating the civil rights of a black prisoner who lost his life during incarceration.  This was on case in which John did not prevail, but he did emerge as the hero in a subsequent book about the trial entitled “Deliberate Indifference”.

           

In 1991 upon her election, Governor Ann Richards commented, “I wanted someone who was ethical, who was tough, what was wise, and who was really good looking.  John Hannah immediately came to mind.”

           

After three years as Secretary of State John Hannah was appointed United States District Judge, a position he filled with distinction for the ten years preceding his death.  When being sworn in by then Chief Judge Robert M. Parker, and after some appropriately florid remarks by Judge Parker, judge Hannah simply responded “I’m going to try to make you a good judge.”  Judge Parker attests that, “John Hannah did make a good judge.  I could not detect that the robe changed John Hannah one whit.”  Judge Hannah bore the reputation of an intelligent, wise evenhanded judge, with outstanding judicial temperament.

           

To his uncounted friends and acquaintances, there will never be another John Hannah.

 

T.B.R. Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

GEORGE KOZMETSKY

1917-2003

 

George Kozmetsky shared Thomas Edison’s belief that “the value of an idea lies in the using of it.” As an educator, mentor and leader, he put that belief into practice daily.

           

Born in Seattle in 1917 to parents who were immigrants from Belarus, Kozmetsky graduated from the University of Washington.  After graduation, he passed the Certified Public Accountancy examination and moved to Olympia, where he taught at the local college and opened the first CPA practice in town.

 

In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corp, where he served stateside until 1944 when he was sent to the frontlines in the wake of D-Day.  During more than 200 consecutive days under enemy fire, he earned decorations including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and Silver Star. 

 

In November of 1943, after a three year courtship, Kozmetsky married, Ronya Keosiff.  Ms. Kozmetsky, who also earned her degree at the University of Washington, took a job as a social worker while. Kozmetsky was in the service and saved the money that allowed him to enroll in graduate studies at the Harvard Business School after the war.  Ms. Kozmetsky later returned to graduate studies herself and later became a teacher.  In 1966, they created the RGK Foundation which supports innovative projects that benefit education, health, human service and community affairs.

 

After receiving his MBA in 1947, Kozmetsky continued his graduate studies and found employment as an assistant professor of corporate finance at Carnegie Tech (later Carnegie Mellon). During this time, he worked with Herbert Simon, later called “the father of artificial intelligence.”

 

Upon completion of his Doctorate in Commercial Science, Kozmetsky went to work for Litton Industries.  There he met Henry Singleton and, together, they planned the startup of a new company, Teledyne.  In 1960, they completed their business plan, pooled their personal resources, and made a bid for a military contract to develop a new helicopter avionics system.  They won the contract, went public and, within six years became a Fortune 500 company.

 

That success allowed Kozmetsky to return to his first love – teaching.  In 1966, he became dean of the University of Texas College and Graduate School of Business, a position which he held for 16 years.  During his tenure, his emphasis on hiring the best faculty, partnering with the state’s business leadership and encouraging cross-disciplinary research and study elevated the school to nationally recognized status.

 

From the first, he was a catalyst for technological and economic development in Austin.  He believed in the cross-pollination of business expertise and technological genius and he found eager disciples in Texas.  He advised entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, most notably, as an early stockholder and board member, Dell Computer.  In 1977, he founded the IC2 Institute, later known as the Institute for Innovation and Creativity.  The Institute operates the Austin Technology Incubator and the Clean Air Incubator and sponsors research on economic and technology issues. 

 

In 1993, he received the National Medal of Technology Award from President Clinton.  He was the first recipient of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from the MIT Enterprise Form.  Additional awards include:  the Dow Jones Award from the American Assembly o f Collegiate School of Business, the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Technology Transfer Society and membership in the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

 

Kozmetsky was a frequent contributor to professional journals and newspapers, the author of numerous books and a director of several corporations, including:  Teledyne, Gulf Oil, LaQuinta, Heizer, Inc. and Dell Computers.

 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ronya, and their two children. 

 

 

M.G.Y.

 

 

 

 

 


 

J. HUGH LIEDTKE

 

1922 - 2003

 

J. Hugh Liedtke, the long time head of the Pennzoil Company passed away on Friday, March 28, 2003 at the age of 81 in Houston.  Hugh was born on February 10, 1922 in Tulsa, OK, where his father was a lawyer for the Gulf Oil Corporation.  He grew up in Oklahoma, later attending Amherst College where he had a superb academic experience, majoring in philosophy and winning departmental honors.  He spent a year in a shortened masters program at Harvard Business School, then, like his father, he earned a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin.  He served in the US Navy during WWII.  At a chance meeting with his brother, Bill, also a Junior Naval Officer, on Saipan in the South Pacific, the two shook hands and agreed that if they both survived the war, they would purse a business career together.

 

Hugh and Bill began by operating a law office in Midland, TX and became more and more involved in matter relating to the oil business.  Hugh had a reputation from the beginning that caused him to spend more time studying the mechanics of corporations as opposed to drilling deals.  He expressed the opinion that an oil company could never be successful just by speculative drilling, and that a more successful future would be needed if they spent time going after the proven assets of other companies.

 

In 1953, Hugh and Bill joined with their good friend George H. W. Bush, also then of Midland, to form the Zapata Petroleum Corporation.  They drilled many wells in West Texas with much success.  Bush went on to operate offshore drilling rigs and while still being very close to and friendly with the Liedtke brothers, in 19555 went in his own direction.  In early 1960’s, Hugh and Bill succeeded in a friendly takeover of the South Penn Oil Company, which made the popular lubricating oil sold under the Pennzoil brand name.  They renamed the company Pennzoil and merged several other companies into it.  In 196, the Liedtke’s were successful in acquiring United Gas and brought that company into the Pennzoil fold.

 

Bill’s most famous notoriety came when triumphed in a courtroom battle against Texaco.  His legal team convinced a jury in 1988 that Texaco had illegally usurped his handshake deal to acquire Getty Oil Company.  He ended up with a consequential settlement.  It was understood that the Pennzoil received three billion dollars as a settlement from Texaco.

 

Hugh remained active with Pennzoil until his death in 2003, although he had lessened many of his responsibilities with that company.  The two brothers had previously spun off assets in order to form Pogo Producing Company, which was headed by Bill Liedtke.  That endeavor remains a very successful independent producing company in Houston.

 

Hugh Liedtke’s wife, the former Betty Lyn Dirickson, died in 1992.  His brother Bill died in 1991.  In addition to his son, Blake, Hugh Liedtke was survived by another son, Hugh Jr. of Houston, three daughters, Karen Mark and Kristy Liedtke, both of Houston and Katy Bade of Louisville, Kentucky, and fifteen grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 


A. W. "DUB" RITER JR.

1924-2003

 

A.W. “Dub” Riter, Jr. was a Texas gentleman of the old school.  He was hard-working, plain-spoken and devoted to his family, his community and his state.

           

Riter graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute Junior College and subsequently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1947.  In 1985, he was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame.  And, he was a loyal UT supporter throughout his life.

 

Returning to his hometown of Tyler, Texas, he started work in the banking business and was named Tyler’s Most Outstanding Young man in 1958.  In 1968, he was named Tyler’s Most Outstanding Citizen.

 

From 1969-1974, he was Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  He served as a member and chairman of the Advisory Council for the FRB of Dallas and, for many years was active in Texas banking associations, serving a president of the Texas Bankers Association during its centennial year of 1984-85. 

 

Riter was a lifetime member of the Texas Research League, served two terms as president of the Texas Taxpayers Association, and was a board member of the Texas Chamber of Commerce which named him East Texan of the Year in 1992.

 

In September of 1988, Riter retired as Senior Chairman of the Board NCNB Texas (now Bank of America).  He had served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the bank and its predecessors since 1979.  He had been President and Director of the Bank since 1963.

 

Retirement allowed Riter to devote himself more fully to his already busy schedule of public service.  In 1989, Governor Bill Clements appointed Riter to the Texas Growth Fund Board and in 1990, Governor Clements appointed him to the Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees.  He served then Governor George Bush as a member of the Select Task Force on Public Education and the Governor’s Business Council.  In 1997, he was appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents, where he served until his death in September of 2003.  He also served as the Chairman of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).

 

Riter was a tireless promoter of East Texas, Tyler and, most especially, the University of Texas at Tyler.  He was well known and much appreciated for the breadth and depth of his community service and generosity – which included leadership in his church, numerous charities, and a variety of social organizations.

 

His is survived by his wife, Betty Jo, and their two children.

 

M.G.Y.