1920 - 2004
1920 - 2004
Rex Gavin Baker, Jr, born in
A high school football star, he earned a degree in economics in 1947 at The University of Texas. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He served as a Naval Officer in both the Pacific and European Theatres. Following service to his country he earned a law degree from “The University” in 1947.
He returned to
His association with “The University” was extensive. He endowed a Chair of Natural Resources in the
He was named a distinguished alumnus in 1977 and in 1998 was one of four graduates to receive the prestigious Pro Bene Meritis Award.
He was survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.
Pete was a loyal friend and family man, dogged in pursuit of his goals and a remarkable Texan whose positive influence will long be felt.
ALBERT V. CASEY
Al Casey was a big, tough, funny Irishman, a Bostonian whose broad accent never faded, no matter how many places he lived and worked. He was proud of his Harvard education, which he paid for himself, working three or four jobs at a time while he attended school. As an undergraduate, he majored in economics, then enlisted in the Army during World War II, and returned to complete business school, concentrating in finance. His association with Harvard served him well in his many private- and public-sector positions over the course of his long career, with friendships that opened doors and enriched his life. He loved Harvard.
Al was smart. His mind was quick and practical, easily assimilating mountains of data, and arriving at action-oriented conclusions. He was not intellectual, though he was curious and learned constantly. One of his first assignments was compiling bond tables, performing the thousands of accurate calculations by hand that now would be done in seconds with today's technology, an exercise that gave him total facility with numbers. He taught accounting ("Assets by the window, liabilities by the door") as one of his Harvard jobs. He could spot a computational or accounting error a mile away, and delighted in finding mistakes in the small print of financial documents. Woe to the investment banker who gave him a faulty prospectus. He could be a terror.
With his MBA in hand, Al's first job was in New York at Railway Express in the finance department. He was hired away by the Southern Pacific Railroad, which moved him and Ellie, to whom he was married for over forty years, to San Francisco. Many years later, in his eighties, he could still cite the routes of the various railways in California and throughout the West, and describe the small towns (Sparks, Nevada, was a favorite) where Southern Pacific facilities were located.
His first senior position was as President of the Times Mirror Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times. There he hit his stride, dealing with top Washington politicians as well as leaders in corporate world. He resigned over an ethical matter that he could well have overlooked, setting a pattern for scrupulous behavior that characterized him always.
Al's most visible corporate assignment was as Chairman of American Airlines. The company was in perilous shape when he took it over, with hardly enough cash to operate. He refinanced it in Japan, a bold move for that time, and guided it to the leading position in its industry. He moved the company to Dallas to save on costs, learned to love country and western music and became Dallas's most enthusiastic booster.
Al's retirement from American opened the door for a series of high level assignments. He joined the faculty of the Cox Business School at SMU, and taught there off and on for the rest of his life. He left intermittently, first to chair First International Bankshares, a
flawed merger of two large Dallas banks, as it emerged from bankruptcy. He served as United States Postmaster General under President Reagan, and reorganized and streamlined the postal service.
His most important post was his last, as Chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation, a position offered to him by Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, and President George H.W. Bush. The RTC was established to dispose of the hundreds of billions of dollars of assets--financial and real estate--of failed savings and loans in the late eighties. It was the biggest financial assignment of Al's generation, a job that nobody thought could be done. Congress was under constant pressure from constituents to interrupt the process of selling the assets, and Al acted fearlessly to maintain momentum, selling almost all of it back to the private sector by the time the Clinton Administration came into office.
Personally, Al was a fierce gin rummy and dominos player. He enjoyed a drink. He held court at his camp, Lost Angels, at the Bohemian Grove each summer. He had no interest in social position ("There are two kinds of guys: the ones who get things done and the ones who sit around deciding who can belong to the club."). He had a school teacher's
attitude toward money, which was never particularly important to him. He said, "You don't have to be mean to be tough," and proved it every day. He was consistently thoughtful to those around him, and inspired loyalty. His friends would do anything for him. He slept through the symphony and was actively hostile to opera, but enjoyed painting and sculpture. He loved a good fight. He earned the affection of the people who worked for him, particularly at American. He would dash past a long line of irritable customers to board his plane, and call back to the embattled American employees at the counter, "Take the rest of the day off!"
Al was devoted to Ellie, who died in 1989, and their two children. Following Ellie's death, he and Patricia Patterson kept steady company.
Al died on July 10, 2004, of a heart attack at home in Dallas, at the age of 84.
GILBERT M. DENMAN JR.
Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas since 1965, died in Gilbert attended After service in the Navy during World War II, he took his place with his father and cousin in the law firm of Denman, Franklin and Denman. He was active in that role until his death. He was also chairman of the San Antonio Bank and Trust Company which was sold later to the Bank of the Southwest. One of his greatest achievements was the stature Since 1926, His last major achievement was building the Gilbert lived on For many years, Gilbert was an active collector of Greek and Roman antiquities. This interest began when he was in Gilbert Denman was a friend of A.B.D.
Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas since 1965, died in
After service in the Navy during World War II, he took his place with his father and cousin in the law firm of Denman, Franklin and Denman. He was active in that role until his death. He was also chairman of the San Antonio Bank and Trust Company which was sold later to the Bank of the Southwest.
One of his greatest achievements was the stature
His last major achievement was building the
Gilbert lived on
For many years, Gilbert was an active collector of Greek and Roman antiquities. This interest began when he was in
Gilbert Denman was a friend of
JAMES M. HARGROVE
1922 - 2004
James Ward Hargrove was born in
He was called to active duty by the US Army in 1943, where he was a member of a team responsible for interrogating prisoners of war in
He returned from Army service in 1945 and joined Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. in
Jim left Texas Eastern in 1969 to go to
In 1976 he was appointed
On returning to
Jim died on Sunday, July 25, 2004, survived by his wife, Marian, and his children, James Ward Hargrove Jr. and wife Linda of Austin; Florence Hargrove Ray, Thomas Marion Hargrove and wife Lizzy, and William Henry Hargrove and wife Lynn, all from Houston; as well as grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins in-laws and friends from everywhere he went in his 81 years. Together from childhood, Jim and Marian traveled the world during their marriage years, meantime generously supporting their primary areas of interest, in particular the Presbyterian Church. Always a devout Christian, Jim’s loyalty to the First Presbyterian Church of Houston was paramount. He was an active elder for many years as well as teacher of an especially popular bible class.
A memorial to him was entered in to the permanent minutes of the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston on the 21st of September, 2004, AD.
JACK S. JOSEY
1916 - 2003
Jack Smyth Josey, son of a Spindletop-era wildcatter, who became a petroleum engineer, war hero, and oil and real estate entrepreneur, died of heart complications Thursday at his winter home in California. He was 86.
A 1939 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Josey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. During his career he became Chairman of the Board of Josey Oil Company in Houston and assembled an Austin ranch which later became the Lakeway community on Lake Travis near Austin. Joseys friends criticized him for paying the “exorbitant” price of $45 per acre for the Lake Travis land which they said was “not even fit for goats.”
Appointed to a six-year term on the University of Texas Board of Regents in 1965 by Governor John Connally, Mr. Josey was twice elected to the position of board Vice-chairman. One of many accomplishments on the Board was his handling of the Larry Caroline affair during the turbulent 1960’s. The University refused to pay Professor Caroline’s salary because of his controversial public comments. With UT threatened with blacklisting over academic freedom, Josey solved the problem by volunteering and paying Caroline’s salary from his own pocket. Upon completion of Joseys tenure Chairman of the Board Frank C. Erwin, Jr. stated in a proclamation that Josey’s “gregarious nature and tenacious dedication toward these specific accomplishments within the System that yielded a greater and more balanced distribution of the System’s offerings to our State’s citizenry have resulted in the establishment of new institutions that will forever stand as a testimony to his service.”
Mr. Josey also served on the boards of Rice University and was Chairman of Hermann Hospital. For many years he was Chairman of the charitable Robert A. Welch Foundation.
The family had deep roots in East Texas and the state. His great-grandfather, George W. Smyth signed the Texas Declaration of Independence and was the first Land Commissioner of Texas. Josey’s father, Lenoir M. Josey, sold an ice company in Beaumont during the Spindletop era to invest in drilling for oil. After succeeding in oil, Lenoir Josey moved the family into one of the first mansions in River Oaks in Houston.
Lenoir M. Josey, II, Jack Josey’s son, said people often mistakenly linked his father to the stories of his grandfather’s lifestyle as a beloved nightfly and legendary gambler.
“My father was a businessman, war hero and a friend of education who many people admired,” he said. “Whereas my grandfather was the wildcatter, my father went on to become a petroleum engineer bringing more technology to our family oil company.”
Jack Josey grew up in Houston. He graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1934 in the same class as Walter Cronkite. The two remained lifelong friends. In fact, in 1934 Cronkite was elected Most Popular Boy of San Jacinto High School, and Josey’s high school and college sweetheart, Elva Johnson, was elected Most Popular Girl. He married Elva and they had three children.
While at UT Josey was a student leader and officer of the Texas Cowboys and President of Kappa Sigma. His little brother in the fraternity was Dr. Denton Cooley, another lifelong friend.
The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Josey volunteered to serve in the Navy. Assigned as the gunnery officer on a destroyer escort, he saw many battles in the South Pacific, earning a Bronze Star for shooting down three kamikaze pilots in the battle of the Coral Sea thus thwarting their attempt to destroy an aircraft carrier. He and his ship survived the terrible 1943 typhoon in the Pacific only by filling all their empty fuel tanks with sea water as ballast. The typhoon snapped the mast off his ship and capsized and sank most of the Navy vessels accompanying his destroyer. He was extremely proud to have witnessed from the deck of his ship the Marine flag raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima and was forever impressed by the valor and bravery of the young marines in the Pacific.
Josey loved to travel and collect art and antiques. He sponsored dozens of scholarships anonymously and helped many charities.
He was predeceased by his second wife, Gretchen Bryan Josey. He is survived by his wife, Donna, daughter Carolyn Josey Young, and sons Robert A, Josey, II, and Lenoir M. Josey, II, and first wife, Elva Johnson Josey Johnston.
Lenoir M. Josey II
AMY FREEMAN LEE
1914 - 2004
Born to a family with strong ranching roots, Amy was a skilled horsewoman who competed nationally. While riding she broke her neck and back in separate riding accidents, yet never gave up her enthusiasm for horses. In a characteristic stand, she took opposition to circus, rodeo, bullfighting and other animal bashing spectacles. She was well skilled in ranching management, having helped run the extensive Freeman family holdings.
Dr. Lee’s profound reverence for life was the guiding principles in her distinguished career as artist, educator and humanitarian. Although she was married for three years to Ernest Lee, an aide to Den. Dwight Eisenhower during World War II, she had no children of her own. As a teacher and humanitarian she touched the lives of enumerable people, young and old alike. A Quaker by choice, she described her spiritual convictions as based in the concept of reverence for the unity of life. She fought against racism and discrimination from her earliest years and was among the staunch supporters of the pecan shelters strike in
In recent years she made presentations on
She was a founder of the San Antonio Symphony where she nurtured a passion for chamber music and supporter many other musical organizations. She was deeply involved with the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and funded scholarship awards there in addition to serving on the Board. She was a strong advocate of the Bexar County Humane Society and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Among honors awarded Dr. Lee was given the Joseph Wood Krutch Medal by the Human Society of the
She died on July 20, 2004 in
JAMES MATTOX MOUDY
1916 - 2004
Dr. James Mattox Moudy, chancellor emeritus of Texas Christian University, died on August 6, 2004, in Fort Worth. Dr. Moudy served as TCU’s chancellor during a pivotal time in the university’s development. He played a key role in higher education as chairman of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the organization that serves as the voice of private education in the United States. He also was moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the highest elected office in the denomination.
Dr. Moudy entered TCU as an economics/sociology major in 1939, but his heart was set on becoming a minister. After serving as a U.S. Army Chaplain in Europe and earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart, he returned to TCU to complete a bachelor of divinity degree from Brite Divinity School. While earning the degree, he served as assistant minister of University Christian Church and later of A&M Christian Church in College Station.
In 1953, Dr. Moudy earned the Ph.D. from Duke University, where he was a Kearns Fellow and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then became dean of instruction at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, North Carolina.
Dr. Moudy began his career in administration at TCU in 1957, holding the posts of dean of the graduate school, vice chancellor for academic affairs and executive vice chancellor. He was named TCU’s chancellor in 1965. Dr. Moudy advanced graduate education at TCU and elevated the university’s academic stature by establishing six doctoral programs along with the undergraduate honors program. When asked to pick his most significant contribution, he singled out the establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus. TCU Chancellor Emeritus William E. Tucker, who succeeded Moudy, remembered him as “A gentleman of first rank and an exceptional intellect, [who] epitomized excellence and dignity as well as moral fortitude. Through his principled and unflappable leadership, he played a pivotal and indeed decisive role in grounding and shaping the university today.”
Dr. Moudy also headed the premier national and state organizations representing private higher education. In addition to chairing the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, he chaired the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas. Dr. Moudy was a key architect of the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant, a state fund that for more than a quarter of a century has provided financial assistance to students attending private schools in Texas.
Dr. Moudy was a leader of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the denomination with which TCU is affiliated. He served as chairman of the board of the Division of Higher Education and president of the Texas Council of Church Related Colleges. In 1969, he became moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), its highest elective office, and held the position until 1971. “Jim Moudy was a man of informed and vibrant faith to the very core of his being,” Dr. Tucker says. “University Christian Church was integral to his life and work.”
Current TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., recalled that “Dr. Moudy told me that his chancellorship was a calling, in the same way that individuals are called to the ministry. He encouraged me to think of the job in the same way.”
WILLIAM DEMPSEY SEYBOLD
1915 - 2004
The State of Texas lost a most distinguished and respected citizen with the passing of Dr. William Dempsey Seybold who died in Dallas, Texas, on July 18, 2004, at the age of 89. Known by close friends and colleagues as “Bill,” Dr. Seybold was recognized nationally as an outstanding chest surgeon. His entire life was marked by honors and high achievement.
Bill Seybold was born in
Seybold remained in
Seybold wanted to enter the new field of chest, or thoracic, surgery. He won a much sought internship at the Barnes Hospital, Washington University, in
Although Seybold was honored and happy to be on the prestigious Mayo Clinic Staff, his wife had developed multiple sclerosis, which was thought to become less severe in a warm climate. Bill was a fifth generation
Seybold spent the remained of his professional career in the Kelsey Seybold Clinic as Chief of Surgery and onetime Chief of Staff. He spent years as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. The William D. Seybold Chair of Surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital was established in his honor. He was also on the surgical staff of
Dr. Seybold became certified in both general and thoracic surgery. He was a founding member of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He held faculty positions at the Mayo Foundation, The University of Texas institutions in
Seybold was a member of many medical organizations. He was never too busy to serve a leading role on boards and committees. Among these groups were the
Bill Seybold also participated in a number of other organizations. For the
Seybold thoroughly enjoyed membership in the Philosophical Society of Texas where he was on the Executive Committee and was President in 1992. He was a director of the Republic Bank of
While in practice, Seybold had no time for golf but after retiring he thoroughly enjoy the game. He loved nature and the outdoors. He made a lifetime study of plants and trees and enjoyed teaching children how to identify them. He maintained a greenhouse where he grew orchids and the other plants. He was well informed in history and biography which he enjoyed reading. Bill Seybold enjoyed a wide circle of friends and kept up with them by writing hundreds of letters of congratulations or sympathy. There was a large group of patients who admired him greatly, especially those whose health or life he saved.
Bill Seybold first married Frances Randolph Rather who died in 1977. There were three children: Frances, who died as a youth of congenital heart disease; William R. Seybold, M. D.; and Randolph C. Seybold, M.D. After his first wife died, Seybold married Adele Neely Locke, a longtime family friend. She is the mother of John P. Locke, a member of the Texas Philosophical Society; Thomas N. Locke; and Aimee Locke Jacobe. In all, there are nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Seybold is also survived by his brother, Herbert Seybold, M. D.
The Texas House of Representatives honored Dr. Seybold’s memory with a resolution and the presentation to his widow of a
In addition to being an accomplished general surgeon, Dr. William Seybold was a pioneer in the field of chest surgery, the development of which paved the way to open heart surgery which has saved millions of lives. Seybold trained dozens of young surgeons. He was admired by his colleagues fro his surgical skill and knowledge. He was also a pioneer in health care delivery as a founder of a large multi-specialty clinic which was among the first to develop a system of branch clinics and prepaid care. Most of all, Bill Seybold will be remembered for his integrity, compassion, hard work, deep sense of responsibility, and devotion to his patients.
1936 - 2004
Jerry Supple spent almost every chapter of his life in the Yankee Northeast until he came to serve as president of
Jerry moved through the academic ranks from chemistry faculty member to acting president, serving at campuses in
He immediately saw the opportunity for
Highlights of Jerry’s presidency at
While his campus was growing and becoming stronger, Jerry also contributed significantly to the region’s academic and civic leadership groups. He led significant efforts to improve the accreditation process at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He worked with other colleges and universities to develop the new multi-institutional teaching center in Round Rock. He was an active civic leader in both
One of the reasons why Jerry was such an effective leader in so many arenas is that it was a joy to be with him. He played as successfully as he worked and was known particularly for his love of folk music. Jerry and his wife, Cathy, sang in the folk band The Newton Street Irregulars.
Jerry’s courage was painfully visible in the lat seven years of his life when he fought cancer. During most of that time, he continued as president of