The Philosophical Society of Texas
“Books and Libraries” was the topic of the 166th anniversary
meeting of the Philosophical Society of Texas, held at El
Paso’s historic Camino Real Hotel on December 5–7, 2003.
A total of 240 members, spouses, and guests attended. President J. Sam Moore Jr. organized the program, and Dr. Thomas F. Staley of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin served as moderator.
President J. Sam Moore Jr. organized the program, and Dr. Thomas F. Staley of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin served as moderator.
The meeting began on Friday with a tour of significant cultural and historical sites in El Paso, including International Boundary Market No.1 on the Rio Grande, where guests had the opportunity to step into Mexico at the site where the Mexican Revolution of 1911 erupted with the Battle of Juarez. A reception and dinner were held at the University Library and Undergraduate Learning Center at the University of Texas at El Paso.
President Moore announced the new members of the Society and presented them with their certificates of membership. The new members are H. W. Brands, Francisco G. Cigarroa, John Cornyn, Patrick L. Cox, Donicio Flores, John Hungerford Gullett II, Lee F. Jackson, Gary G. Jacobs, Robert D. King, Philip R. Martinez, William Charles Powers Jr., Bea Ann Smith, Evan Smith, Frederick R. Steiner, Don Tobin, and Denise M. Trauth.
James L. Haley was awarded the 2002 Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for his book Sam Houston, published in 2002 by the University of Oklahoma Press. The award is presented annually for the year’s best book on Texas, either fiction or nonfiction.
The annual business meeting was held on Saturday afternoon. The names of Society members who had died during the previous year were read: C. W. W. Cook, Howard Graves, John Hannah Jr., George Kozmetsky, J. Hugh Liedtke, and A. W. “Dub” Riter Jr.
Secretary Ron Tyler announced that Society membership stood at 199 active members, 71 associate members, and 40 emeritus members.
Officers elected for the coming year are as follows: Alfred F. Hurley, president; Harris L. Kempner Jr., first vice-president; S. Roger Horchow, second vice-president; J. Chrys Dougherty III, treasurer; and Ron Tyler, secretary.
On Saturday evening a reception and dinner were held at the Camino Real Hotel, followed by a President’s Reception in the Presidential Suite.
Dr. Staley led a symposium with speakers and audience participation on Sunday morning, and President Moore declared the meeting adjourned until December 3, 2004, in Denton.