Joseph Tortorice, Jr.
Joseph “Joe” Tortorice, Jr. of Beaumont passed away on August 10th, 2019. He was a member since 2014. The Beaumont Enterprise carried an article about Mr. Tortorice, the founder of the national restaurant brand, Jason’s Deli, who was also a philanthropist and civic leader. His obituary is posted on Broussard Mortuary's website.
Lonn W. Taylor
Lonn W. Taylor of Fort Davis passed away on June 26, 2019. The prolific writer and historian was the curator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for 20 years before his retirement. Texas Monthly posted an article about the "Rambling Boy," the byline used for the articles he penned for the Big Bend Sentinel. Marfa Public Radio also carried news about him.and broadcast a program about him following his death. Texas Highways magazine's 2018 article reveals much about the historian's early years.
Robert Allan "Bud" Shivers, Jr.
Robert Allan "Bud" Shivers, Jr. of Austin passed away on January 8, 2019. The businessman, investor, and son of Gov. Allan Shivers was heavily involved in Texas philanthropy, especially in Austin. He served on the boards of the Headliners Foundation of Texas, the Texas Association of Taxpayers and the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. His wife Robin preceded him in death in 2009. He may have been best know for his courage, fortitude and grace in being confined to a wheelchair as the result of an accident since he was a very young man. The Austin American Statesman carried an article about him and also his obituary.
Herb Kelleher of Dallas passed away on January 3rd. He became a member in 2009. In April 1989 Texas Monthly featured a cover article about the entrepreneur. Harvard Business Review published a memorial. The Washington Post also carried an article. The Dallas Morning News published a commentary and his obituary is on Legacy.com.
John Mendelsohn of Houston passed away on January 7th. He was a member since 2008. The Houston Chronicle carried an article about the former president who led the MD Anderson Cancer Center in becoming the nation’s top cancer hospital and research center. M.D. Anderson published a tribute to the president emeritus.
A. Baker Duncan
A. Baker Duncan of San Antonio passed away on January 16th. He was a member since 1985 and served as president of the Society in 2000. The San Antonio Express carried an obituary about the philanthropist and civic leader with projects throughout Texas and who was also chairman and founder of Duncan-Smith.
William C. Powers, Jr.
William C. Powers, Jr., of Austin passed away on March 10, 2019. He was a member since 2003. The attorney, academic, and university administrator served 2006-2015 as the 28th president of the University of Texas at Austin, becoming the second-longest serving president in the university's history. He held the Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair at the University of Texas School of Law and served as Dean of the Law School from 2000 until becoming the University President. Among other accomplishments, he completed funding that helped establish the University's Dell Medical School. The New York Times published an article about him and the Washington Post carried news about his passing. The University of Texas President Greg Fenves wrote a tribute about President Powers. The University held a public memorial for him on April 12, 2019, and the university tower was lit that evening to display "BP" in his honor.
Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr.
Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr., of Laredo passed away on March 20, 2019. He had been a member since 1994. The trailblazing doctor served the Laredo area for more than six decades. His honors include Laredo Times Man of the Year 1992 and 1994, LULAC's Life Achievement Laureate 1996, Humanitarian of the Year, and Make a Wish Foundation 1999. In 2002, the University of Texas named him a distinguished alumnus. Cigarroa also served 12 years on the Coordinating Board of Texas Colleges and Universities, where he helped bring Texas A&M International University to Laredo. The Laredo Morning Times' article gives more information and his family has posted a tribute to him.
William D. Wittliff
William D. Wittliff of Austin passed away on June 9, 2019. He had been a member since 1973. The writer, filmmaker, and photographer was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters at the age of 29. He and his wife, Dr. Sally Wittliff, co-founded the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University in 1986. The Austin American Statesman carried an article about him that includes a video. The Dallas Morning News also posted an article about him. News of his passing appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post through an AP wire service story. A memorial service will be held at a later date.