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Deceased Members of the Society for the Year 2019:

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.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at St. David Episcopal Church at 1300 Wiltshire Avenue in San Antonio.

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.

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

Deceased Members of the Society for the Year 2018:

Tom C. Frost Jr. of San Antonio passed away on August 10th. He was a member since 2003. San Antonio's Rivard Report published a tribute to the banker and civic leader. The San Antonio Express News carried news of the city's loss. His obituary is on

Franklin W. Denius of Austin passed away on July 29th. He had been a member since 1991. The Denius Family has posted an online memorial. The Austin Statesman published an article about the noted philanthropist, war hero, and lawyer. The University of Texas at Austin News Service carried an article as well. The Dallas Morning News' Sports Day featured an online article.  KTBC posted a video in remembrance and KXAN News published a tribute. The University of Texas alum was featured numerous times in UT's Alcalde, which has an archive of those articles.

Margaret Milam McDermott of Dallas passed away on May 3rd. She had been a member since 1995. The Dallas Morning News published an article about the noted philanthropist and an editorial about her influence on Dallas. The paper also carried news of her memorial service held May 8th. The Dallas Museum of Art published a memorial to her and KERA’s Art and Seek published a tribute. In addition, her obituary appeared in the New York Times. 

Donald W. Seldin of Dallas passed away on April 25th. He had been a member since 1996. The New York Times published an article about the physician who transformed the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from humble beginnings to one of the nation's leading medical schools. The Washington Post also carried an extensive article and the Dallas Morning News published a tribute to him. His obituary is online at

Daniel C. Arnold of Houston passed away on March 19th. He had been a member since 1992. The Houston Chronicle carried a prominent article about him and also his obituary. The Houston Business Journal also posted an article about him.

Deceased Members of the Society for the Year 2017:

Billy Bob Trotter, of Abilene, on December 17, 2017, Member since 1994. Dr. Trotter served on the Society's Nominating Committee from 2004 to 2009. The Abilene Reporter-News carried a front-page article about him on Dec. 19th and also his obituary.    

Peter T. Flawn of Austin, on May 7, 2017, Member since 1966. The University of Texas at Austin provided news about his passing. The Austin Statesman's article and the Houston Chronicle's article give additional information.

John Clifton Caldwell of Albany, on April 11, 2017, Member since 1969, President of the Society in 1988.  Obiturary.

J. Sam Moore Jr. of El Paso, o n March 14, 2017, Member since 1993, President of the Society in 2003. Obiturary.
The April 2017 Humanities Texas e-newsletter carried an article about him that included remembrances from some of his many friends.

Vester T. Hughes of Dallas on January 29, 2017, Member since 1993,  Texas Lawyer Article in Texas LawyerObiturary.
Services were held on Feb. 6, at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

Charles A. LeMaistre of San Antonio on January 28, 2017, President of the Society in 1981, Member since 1962, M.D. Anderson prepared a release about him. The Houston Chronicle also carried a news release. Services were held on  Feb. 17th at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston. A later service was held at Tarry House in Austin.

Harry J. Middleton of Austin on January 20, 2017, Member since 1979. The New York Times carried an article about him. The Washington Post also featured an article about his life. The Austin American Statesman also ran an article on him.  A memorial to honor Mr. Middleton was held Feb. 1, 2017, at the LBJ Presidential Library. 

Terese (Terry) Hershey of Houston on January 19, 2017, Member since 1992, The Houston Chronicle carried an article about her death. Obituary.

Deceased Members of the Society for the Year 2016:

Jane Karotkin of Austin, on November 13, 2016, Member since 2011, Obituary.

Julia J. Matthewsof Abilene, on November 17, 2016, Member since 1982, Obituary.

Paul Gervais Bell Jr.of Houston, on October 31, 2016, Member since 1982,  Obituary.

Billy Bob Crim,  of Kilgore, on September 25, 2016, Member since 1979,  Obituary.

H. Bryce Jordan, Ph.D. of Austin, on April 12, 2016, Member since 1971, Obituary.

John H. Lindsey of Houston, on May 20, 2016, Member since 1995, Obituary.


News from Members:

Victor Emanuel will offer a Tour of Sicily and Malta aboard the Sea Cloud on May 2-11, 2017.

Books Published by Members:

 Washington and Lee University-- Tradition and Transformation 1930-2000 by Blaine A. Brownell


Washington and Lee University, 1930-2000: Tradition and Transformation

by Blaine A. Brownell

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The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II 

by Jan Jarboe Russell

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The Telling Image Shapes for Changing Times by Lois Farfel Starke

The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times 

by Lois Farfel Stark

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Tales of Texas Cooking: From the Trans-Pecos to the High Plains and Piney Woods to the Gulf Prairies

Edited by Frances Brannen Vick

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