Memorials are published at no cost as a tribute to deceased Texas attorneys. To submit a memorial, please go to texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. ADELFA BOTELLO CALLEJO Callejo, 90, of Dallas, died Jan. 25, 2014. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961, becoming one of only three Latina lawyers in the state. Callejo was a solo practitioner from 1961 to 1966 and then was a partner in Callejo & Callejo with her husband, attorney William F. Callejo, from 1966 until her death. Her law practice and life were characterized by advocating inside and outside the courtroom for Hispanics’ civil rights, women’s empowerment, and the importance of education. She also was known for her financial acumen and entrepreneurial success. Among numerous positions, Callejo was a director of the State Bar of Texas from 1997 to 2000, a member of the executive board of SMU Dedman School of Law, and a member of almost two dozen lawrelated, civics, and education organizations, including the National and Texas Democratic parties. Callejo, who received many recognitions and awards, had said she was most proud of being designated one of 12 Texas Legal Legends by the State Bar and having the Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School named in her honor. She is survived by her sisters, Connie Gonzales and Lily Velasquez, and her beloved brother-in-law and nieces and nephews. JAMES HALL DENSFORD Densford, 66, of Andrews, died Aug. 6, 2013. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Densford was an attorney with John Shepherd in Seminole, an assistant city and county attorney in Andrews, an associate of West Texas Legal Aid in Odessa and Midland, and an associate city attorney in Odessa. He served for 12 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve, including three years of active duty. He is survived by his brother, Robert. OLIVER JAMES “OJ” MOAK Moak, 82, of Huntsville, died March 28, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. Moak was the first attorney to be appointed as staff counsel for inmates by George Beto in 1971, and he also was assistant county attorney for Walker County. He was a solo practitioner from 1972 to 2002, at which point he and his son formed Moak & Moak. He also owned and managed the Sam Houston Landmark Title Company. Moak served in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his son, attorney Sam Moak; daughter, Pamela Moak; and two grandchildren. RAYMOND MONROE HILL Hill, 88, of Houston, died Aug. 26, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Houston and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Hill was an attorney with F.W. Moore; Hill, Phillips & Bramer; Blades, Chiles, Moore & Kennerly; and Raymond M. Hill & Associates from the 1960s to 2013. He was a visionary community leader, having helped create several organizations, including the Child Care Council of Greater Houston and Harris County Child Welfare Unit. Hill also was an avid gardener and outdoor enthusiast. He served in World War II from 1943 to 1946 as a naval quartermaster in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jerauld; son, Benjamin; daughter, Verlinde Doubleday; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. MARY LOU McCOLLUM CLARK Clark, 60, of Austin, died Feb. 12, 2014. She received her law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Clark was an associate accountant at Arthur Andersen in Houston from 1978 to 1980; associate counsel to Shell Oil Company in Houston from 1980 to 1982; business manager of DeLois Faulkner/Faulkner Interests as well as administrator and general counsel to the Faulkner Center in Austin from 1983 to 1988; an associate of Bruce Thrasher & Associates from 1991 to 1992; an associate of Fred E. Walker & Associates in Austin from 1992 to 1994; partner in Clark & Clark in Austin from 1994 to 1997; of counsel to Venable & Vida in Fort Worth/Bedford from 1998 to 2007; attorney ad litem for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Marble Falls from 2008 to 2010; and of counsel to the Law Offices of Michael Baumer in Marble Falls and Austin from 2009 to 2012. Clark is survived by her husband of 33 years, attorney Edward Clark; sons, E. Will and Neale Clark; daughter, attorney Kelley L. Clark; and sisters, Nancy Potts and Diane Ring. JAMES AUBREY KNOX Knox, 85, of Sherman, died Jan. 5, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1953. Knox was an attorney with the Department of Labor in Dallas and counsel to Comet Rice before becoming partner in Vial, Hamilton, Koch and Knox in Dallas from 1963 to 2007. He was chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, as well as a chair of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, among other positions. Knox served in the U.S. Navy in 1946. He liked hunting with bird dogs and fishing, golfing, and boating. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary; sons, attorney James and Christopher; sisters, Mary Paxton and Betty Denson; four grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, and their children. J.R. PATTERSON JR. Patterson, 83, of Henderson, died Nov. 6, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. Patterson was an assistant district attorney for Rusk County, city judge of Henderson, and a member of the Rusk County Bar Association. An actor in his younger days, Patterson was offered a scholarship to the Old Globe Theatre in California but stayed in Texas for law school. He also was a licensed pilot and avid golfer. Patterson served in the U.S. Marines in the Korean War and was awarded a battlefield promotion to sergeant. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Billie; son, Benjamin; brother, Robert; and many nieces and nephews. RANDALL COLLINS FURLONG Furlong, 55, of Houston, died April 19, 2013. He received his law degree from Georgetown Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998. He also was a member of the California and Colorado bars. Furlong practiced intellectual property law in Houston, including time as patent counsel to Muons Inc., and as an attorney with Baker Botts; Vinson & Elkins; Arnold, White & Durkee; and Loeb & Loeb (in Los Angeles). Furlong, who held a Ph.D. in physics, devised a formula for calculating the mass of subatomic particles and taught Greek for more than 10 years. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, attorney Caroline Bowels Furlong; parents, Burr and Cynthia; brother, Norman; and sister, Lynn Greenly. HON. FREDERICK E. EDWARDS Edwards, 63, of the Woodlands, died Feb. 10, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. Edwards managed a thriving legal practice for 18 years and then became judge of the 9th District Court in Montgomery County for 20 years, retiring in 2012. Edwards founded the Child Advocates Program in Montgomery County. He loved spending time with his family and poker buddies and was passionate about Civil War and Texas history. He is survived by his son, Joseph; daughters, attorney Elizabeth Edwards and Kathryn Stacey; daughter- in-law, Katherine; son-in-law, Tim Stacey; mother, Joyce; brother, Jimmie; and sisters, Wanda Minshew and Elwanda Edwards. JACK DEVERE LADD Ladd, 63, of Midland, died Oct. 16, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Ladd practiced as a partner in the Midland firm of Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin, and Browder from 1976 to 2004 and then was dean of the College of Business and Engineering at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa from 2004 until his death. Ladd served as chairman of the Texas State Securities Board for two terms and as president of the Buffalo Trail Council among other positions, and he was the recipient of many honors, including a local pro bono award. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Constance; sons, attorney Jack D. Ladd Jr., Glenn Ladd, and Douglas Ladd; daughter, Constance Ladd; sister, Ida Grossman; and one grandchild DELNO GROSENHEIDER Grosenheider, 78, of Austin, died Oct. 28, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. Grosenheider was an attorney with the Texas State Securities Board starting in 1964 and then moved to private practice and was a founding partner in Wilson, Grosenheider & Jacobs until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and he also enjoyed racing sports cars, traveling North America by motorcycle, and teaching Sunday school. Grosenheider served in the Air Force during the 1950s. He is survived by his sons, John and Michael; brothers, Larry, Gary, Kevin, Terry, and Brent; and sister, Peggy. WALLACE M. WRIGHT Wright, 85, of Boerne, died March 5, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981. He also was a member of the South Carolina and Ohio bars. Wright began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service. In 1961, he became an attorney in the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Jones Day and in 1981 opened Jones Day’s Dallas office. He left the firm in 1987 to become general counsel to a telecommunications company. Wright is remembered as a man of wit, generosity, and love for his family. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer during the Korean War. Wright is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sally; sons, Russell and attorney Todd Wright; daughter, Wendy VanDivier; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. WILLIAM HENRY ABINGTON Abington, 92, of Austin, died Jan. 4, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. After having a private practice in Fort Worth, Abington became an attorney with Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (now Texas Oil & Gas Association) and later was promoted to general counsel, executive vice president, and, ultimately, president until his retirement in 1989. He also was a state representative for Tarrant County from 1946 to 1953. Abington enjoyed travel, gardening, politics, and golf and is remembered for his optimism, integrity, and interest in others—particularly his family. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1945. Abington is survived by his wife of 15 years, Nancy; son, Thomas; daughter, Judith; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. JOHN A. REEDER Reeder, 71, of Anchorage, Alaska, died July, 23, 2013. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. He also was a member of the Alaska Bar. After law school, Reeder served for two years in the Peace Corps in Peru primarily at the headwaters of the Amazon River. He then was house counsel to Earth Resources in Dallas from 1968 to 1971, chief counsel to the Anchorage Branch of the Alaska Attorney General’s Office from 1971 to 1974, and chief counsel to BP Exploration in Anchorage from 1974 to 1997. Reeder was passionate about community volunteering, and he enjoyed photographing and exploring Alaska. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Loisann. WILLIAM C. ODENEAL JR. Odeneal, 90, of Dallas, died April 1, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. He practiced with his father for 30 years and later with his son at Odeneal & Odeneal. He is remembered as a true friend and for his love of the law and in-depth conversations. Odeneal served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an officer in the South Pacific Theater. He is survived by his son, attorney Logan Odeneal, and two grandchildren. HENRY P. “HANK” VANDERKAM Vanderkam, 69, of the Woodlands, died Dec. 18, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. He also was a member of the Iowa Bar. Vanderkam was a partner in Touche Ross in New York from 1976 to 1984, a partner in Vanderkam & Sanders in Houston from 1984 to 2002, and a solo practitioner in Vanderkam & Associates from 2002 to 2012. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Sheila; daughter, Victoria; mother, Elaine; brothers, David and James; and sisters, Terri Spoetel and Judy Van Dam. CLAUDE R. HAZEL SR. Hazel, 83, of Houston, died Oct. 5, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Hazel also was a member of the Louisiana Bar. He worked in the land department of Humble Oil and Refining Company in New Orleans, followed by the legal department of Standard Oil Company of Texas, and then as a staff attorney in the Houston office of Signal Oil and Gas Company. Hazel then practiced law and was an independent landman and in 1968 became an assistant district attorney in Houston. Beginning in 1971, he had a private practice until retiring in 1995. Hazel served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean conflict and then served 28 years in the Army Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his children, Claude Hazel Jr., Reese Hazel, Daphne Rank, Catherine Wixey, Sarah Husbands; and 20 grandchildren. M.L. “MICKEY” HENRY Henry, 57, of Houston, died June 23, 2013. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1991. Henry, who was a solo practitioner in the Law Offices of M.L. “Mickey” Henry in Houston, also taught vocational agriculture and was vocational supervisor for the Windham School System of the Texas Department of Corrections. He loved animals and his family and was a steadfast friend. Henry is survived by his mother, Ila; brothers, John and attorney Marc Henry; and sisters, Delicia Blasingame and Regina Ott. WILLIAM L. KELLER Keller, 91, of Dallas, died Nov. 14, 2013. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and his master of law degree from George Washington University Law School. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. Keller, who was known as “the father of the modern day labor lawyer,” was an associate of Clark, Coon, Holt & Fisher in Dallas, then practiced as an adviser to the National Labor Relations Board, and later returned to the firm (eventually named Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis). In 2001, he joined Worsham Forsythe Woolridge, which later merged with Hunton & Williams, where he retired as senior counsel shortly before his death. Keller is remembered for his love for his family and having practiced with grace, professionalism, and creativity. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Keller is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; sons, William Jr. and John; daughter, Jennifer; and two grandchildren. KEITH E. EASTIN Eastin, 73, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, died Jan. 3, 2014. Eastin received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. He also was a member of the California, Illinois, and D.C. bars. Eastin had an illustrious career, having been an attorney with several firms and companies as well as serving in numerous federal government posts, including associate solicitor of conservation and wildlife followed by deputy under secretary for the U.S. Interior Department; principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy; senior consultant on municipal services to the City of Baghdad, Iraq, for the U.S. State Department; and assistant secretary of installations and environment for the U.S. Army. Eastin additionally helped manage the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island restoration project and was a longtime board member of Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, among other positions and achievements. He is remembered for his sense of humor and authentic character. Eastin is survived by his wife of three years, Susan. JEROMY D. HUGHES Hughes, 42, of Austin, died March 2, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998. Hughes was a shareholder in Brown Sims in Houston from 1998 to 2009 and was a managing member in Jeromy D. Hughes and Associates from 2009 to 2014. Hughes was a brilliant legal writer, litigator, mentor, and friend. He is survived by his parents, Tommy Hughes and Linda Clark; stepmother, Brenda Hughes; brother, attorney Jason Hughes; and sister, Jennifer Beitel. JOSEPH L. TITA Tita, 82, of Denver, Colorado, died March 10, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Tita practiced in Houston as an associate of the Law Offices of Joseph D. Jamail from 1959 to 1963; a partner in Thompson, Hippard, Gibson, Korioth & Tita from 1963 to 1969; a senior partner in Tita, Lackshin & Nathan from 1969 to 1975; a senior partner in Tita, Phillips, Jensen & Gentry from 1975 to 1980; general counsel to and executive vice president of Interfin Corp. from 1980 to 1987; principal in the Law Offices of Joseph L. Tita from 1987 to 1990; and founder and president of the ADR Group from 1990 to 2005. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Britt; son, Michael; daughters, Kristin Tita and attorney Stephanie Lawrence; and four grandchildren. GEORGE KOSTOHRYZ Kostohryz, 82, of Fort Worth, died Jan. 24, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. Kostohryz practiced as the division vice president of contracts for General Dynamics in Fort Worth from 1964 to 1991. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce; sons, George Jr. and David; daughters, Beverly Kellow, Brenda Witherspoon, Carol Turpin, and Jean Giles; brother, Vernon; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
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