Memorials are published as a tribute to deceased Texas attorneys. Information included is primarily related to the individual’s accomplishments in the legal profession. To submit a Memorial, please visit texasbar.com/tbj and fill out an online form or call (512) 427-6834 for more information. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, visit texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. ANDREA PAIR BRYANT Bryant, 69, of Austin, died March 24, 2012. She received her law degree from Georgetown University and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. She spent her career as a patent attorney for IBM. She served on the National Bar Association Board of Governors as secretary from 1988 to 2000 when she was named secretary emerita. She also served on the National Bar Institute’s board, chairing its Grants committee. From 1999 to 2001, she served as a Minority Director on the State Bar Board of Directors. She also participated in pro bono work: working with Voluntary Legal Services on divorce cases and serving several times per year on weekly clinics of the Catholic Diocese Law Project. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Melvin Bryant; sons, James West of New York and Michael Bryant of Austin; brother, James Pair of Baltimore, Md.; sister, Myrtle Britton of Baltimore, Md.; and three grandchildren. WILLIAM “BILL” EWERT Ewert, 70, of Kingsville, died Jan. 24, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. From 1979 to 1989, he served as Kleberg County Attorney. He was a private practitioner from 1989 to 1997. From 1997 to 2012, he was the managing attorney for the Texas Attorney General Child Support Division. He is survived by his wife, Cyndi C. Walker Ewert; stepsons, Terry L. Walker and Matthew T. Walker, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; and brother, Hank Ewert of Austin. GARY MICHAEL ANGELLE Angelle, 75, of Nederland, died April 11, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. He was an assistant district attorney for Jefferson County from 1968 to 1970. He was a private practitioner from 1970 to 1999. He served as a mediator and arbitrator in domestic and civil cases from 2001 to 2012. He served in the Texas National Guard as a medic. He is survived by his wife of more than 8 years, Esmeralda Angelle; daughter, Tara Lynn Angelle of Summit, Miss.; stepson, Randy Sauceda of Pearland; brothers, Lowell Angelle and Richard Zapf, both of Beaumont; sisters, Barbara Rogers of Nederland and Patricia Tooley of Houston; and two grandchildren. HON. HERMAN GORDON Gordon, 80, of Houston, died March 7, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. He served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps for more than 30 years. He was elected Judge for the 309th District Court in Houston and served as a visiting judge throughout the state for more than 25 years. In retirement, he was a mediator. He was a president of the Houston chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Gordon; daughter, Nicole Gordon; son, Stephen Gordon; and sister, Mary Gordon. L. BRANT KRUEGER Krueger, 57, of Whitesboro, died Dec. 22, 2011. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. From 1980 to 1982, he was a partner at Watson & Krueger and from 1982 to 1988 a partner at Watson, Krueger, & Campbell. He was a sole practitioner from 1988 until his death. He is survived by his wife, Miki Krueger; sons, Jason Raye of Florida, Dustin Raye of Austin, and Mitchell Krueger of Whitesboro; daughter, Kaylie Adams of Whitesboro; parents, Sid and Patsy Krueger of Whitesboro; sister, Teresa Julian; and four grandchildren. LEONARD JOHN “LENNY” BRUCE, JR. Bruce, 59, of Odessa, died May 21, 2012. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. From 1989 to 1990, he served as an assistant city attorney in Odessa. From 1990 to 1992, he was first assistant county attorney for Ector County. He was a private practitioner from 1992 to 2002. From 2002 until his retirement in March 2011, he served as a deputy district attorney in the Ector County District Attorney’s Office. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Deborah Bruce; son, James T. Bruce of Odessa; stepson, Matthew Thomas of Odessa; daughters, Amanda Miller of Fort Worth and Lizzie Bruce of Corpus Christi; father, Leonard John Bruce, Sr. of Houston; brothers, Robert Bruce and Carter Bruce, both of Houston; sisters, Christine Bruce Hillyard and Robin Bruce, both of Houston; and six grandchildren. HON. FRANK P. HERNANDEZ Hernandez, 72, of Dallas, died Feb. 16, 2012. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. From 1964 to 2012, he was a private practitioner. From 1976 to 1978, he served as judge of County Court-at-Law 3 and was the first Mexican-American judge in Dallas County. He is survived by his son, J. Frank Hernandez of Albuquerque, N.M; daughters, Elida DeLuna and Jeanine Bartolo, both of Allen; brothers, Richard Hernandez of Grand Prairie, Lionel Hernandez and attorney Stephen H. Arnold, both of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Rosa Matthews of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren. JOHN MICHAEL HUGGINS Huggins, 71, of Houston, died Oct. 5, 2011. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. He was a member of the New York Bar. He practiced corporate and securities law at Baker Botts for 40 years. Following his retirement in 2003, he assisted with the opening of two international offices of the firm. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, attorney Kathleen Heller Huggins; daughters, Joyce Marilyn Goettee of Houston and Jennifer Huggins Modesett of Austin; and five grandchildren. WILLIAM A. “BILLY” CLINE, SR. Cline, 101, of Wharton, died June 12, 2012. He received his law degree from Cumberland University and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1931. He was a partner with Cline & Cline from 1931 to 1993. From 1993 to 2007, he was a sole practitioner. He served as the first president of the State Junior Bar of Texas in 1940 and was a State Bar Director from 1959 to 1961. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 as a Staff Judge Advocate in a 4th Army Tank Destroyer Division. He is survived by his sons, attorney William A. Cline, Jr. of Wimberley and Robert C. Cline, Sr. of Houston; daughters, Margaret C. Wood of Galveston and Carolyn C. Northington of Wharton; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. EDWARD L. TRUE True, 85, of Wichita Falls, died March 12, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Denver and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. He was a member of the Colorado Bar. From 1954 to 1964, he was a partner with Gorsuch, Kirgis, Campbell, Walker and Grover in Denver, Colo. In 1964, he became Judge Advocate for the U.S. Air Force and served in that position until 1984. From 1989 until his death, he was a private practitioner for the True Law Firm. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gaye Jo True; son, John C. True of Wylie; daughters, Ann Scott of Denver, Colo., and Jennifer Lindsey of San Antonio. BILL F. GRIFFIN, JR. Griffin, 81, of Tenaha, died April 25, 2012. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. From 1957 to 2007, he was a sole practitioner in the Griffin Law Office. He was a Life Fellow of the State Bar Foundation and a Sustaining Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lyndell H. Griffin; sons, attorney Guy W. Griffin and attorney John D. Griffin, both of Center; daughter, Cynthia A. Griffin of Center; sister, Lonnie Ruth Stone of Lufkin; and two grandchildren. ODY K. JERDEN, SR. Jerden, 77, of Allen, died May 21, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Upon admission to the Bar, he entered the FBI serving as a special agent. In 1965, he entered private practice where he worked until 1985. From 1985 until his retirement in 1999, he worked for the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Terry Brown Jerden of Allen; sons, Kent Jerden of Humble and Jay Jerden of Garland; stepsons, Michael Brown of Palo Alto, Calif., and Stephen Brown of Beijing, China; brother, Larry L. Jerden of Houston; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. JOHN MCCORMACK McCormack, 95 of Dallas died Oct. 19, 2012. Born in Arlington, Mass., he received A.B., B.S., and J.D. degrees from Columbia University. When Japan attacked Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, he was on duty at the Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps until he was retired for physical disability in 1945. After practicing law in New York City from 1949 to 1953, he moved to Dallas in late 1953 to join Texas Instruments Incorporated. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1954. His work as counsel to TI’s contract geophysical exploration group (the GSI companies) took him to 49 countries. He retired in 1981 as a director and counsel of Geophysical Service Inc. He was also a member of the Dallas and American Bar Associations. His first wife of 38 years, Catharine, died in 1988 and his son, John Francis, died in 2010. He is survived by his second wife, Janet, his daughter, Catharine Maher; sons, Kevin, Brien, and Mark McCormack, all of Dallas; and two grandchildren.
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