1909 - 2003
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 “
I think he felt that in many ways life really “began” for him when he got to
A gentle man and a gentleman,
He is survived by his beloved and always gracious wife Ethel Frances Crain of
JEAN HOUSTON BALDWIN DANIEL
Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel had every reason to love
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,
A major interest was the Texas Governor’s Mansion, the fourth oldest in the
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
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
The two became dedicated collectors of
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
Jean Daniel’s mark as a
She will be remembered as poised, modest, and beloved by her husband, her children, and friends. She is a major reason that, historically,
HOWARD DWAYNE GRAVES
Howard Graves’ life was characterized by public service, devotion to others, and the pursuit of academic excellence. A native of the Panhandle town of
But if military service was one major theme of his professional life, education was the other. After graduating from West Point, he attended
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
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.
JOHN HENRY HANNAH JR.
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
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
Next followed ten years of private practice of law in
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Hugh and Bill began by operating a law office in
In 1953, Hugh and Bill joined with their good friend George H. W. Bush, also then of
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
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
A. W. "DUB" RITER JR.
A.W. “Dub” Riter, Jr. was a
Riter graduated from the
Returning to his hometown of
From 1969-1974, he was Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of
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,
His is survived by his wife, Betty Jo, and their two children.