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. HON. DONALD DEANE KOONS Koons, 80, of Dallas, died Jan. 15, 2015. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Koons was an assistant district attorney in Dallas County and then went into private practice, handling civil and criminal matters, working in various political campaigns, and serving as a part-time municipal judge. In 1977, Koons was appointed by Gov. Dolph Briscoe as judge of the 255th District family court, where he served for 20 years and made strides to improve the court’s efficiency by initiating the associate judges program, digitizing child support records, hiring a court coordinator, and computerizing court files. Koons was a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, and the College of the State Bar of Texas, and he authored the essential Handbook of Texas Family Law more than 20 years ago and continued to update it every year. Koons is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Susan Finnis and Jeremy Koons; and one granddaughter. H. LAMAR CURTIS JR. Curtis, 75, of Houston, died Jan. 8, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He also was a member of the Colorado Bar. Curtis practiced oil and gas corporate law from 1964 to 1995. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sue; son, H. Lamar III; and three grandchildren. SCOTT A. SPILLER Spiller, 46, of Jacksboro, died Dec. 30, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994. Spiller was an assistant attorney general in Houston from 1994 to 1998 and then was a partner in Spiller & Spiller from 1998 to 2014. He also was a municipal court judge for the city of Jacksboro for many years and had been a law school admissions test instructor for the Princeton Review, as well as an employee of Spiller Abstract Co., which his great-grandfather formed in 1888. Spiller was active with many local organizations and played piano and directed the bell choir of the local Methodist church. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Laura; sons, Drew and Kyle; mother, Mary; brother, attorney David; and sister, Karen Forbis. ALAN M. GLASSMAN Glassman, 67, of Dallas, died Aug. 16, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. He also was a member of the California Bar. Glassman was staff attorney and chief counsel with Dallas Legal Services from 1971 to 1975, a partner in Glassman and Solis from 1976 to 1983 (becoming board certified in family law in 1976), and a solo practitioner from 1984 to 2010. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jenny; daughter, Gigi Burmeister; brother, Jon; and two grandchildren. FRANK DEAN MCCOWN McCown, 87, of Arlington, died Dec. 18, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. McCown was an attorney in private practice in Dalhart, county attorney of Hartley County, and then was district attorney for the 69th Judicial District. He later moved his practice to Dumas, where he also opened a title company. In 1969, McCown became an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Criminal Division for the Northern District of Texas, and in 1972, President Richard Nixon appointed him as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District. In 1976, he returned to private practice in Fort Worth, representing clients in civil and criminal cases. McCown served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ruth; sons, F. Scott, Davis, and Douglas; stepson, Tommy Snellings; six grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. IRENE WHITT Whitt, 77, of San Antonio, died Aug. 12, 2014. She received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997. Whitt was a solo criminal law attorney in San Antonio and a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She also was active in politics and had served in the Peace Corps in 2007. Whitt is survived by her sisters, Molly Montemayor and Aida Gallo. CARL R. PIPOLY Pipoly, 66, of San Antonio, died Sept. 28, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986. He also was a member of the Colorado Bar. Pipoly was an attorney for Conoco Oil Co. and a Texas land trader before founding an environmental company and then opening his own litigation practice in San Antonio. Pipoly is remembered by colleagues as a successful lawyer in more than 125 trials who brought to the courtroom his rare breed of respectful yet humorous decorum and who encountered members of the bench and bar with his uplifting good nature and sense of fun. Pipoly was also an accomplished athlete, having swam the English Channel in 1980 and sailed around the British Virgin Islands. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Esther; sons, Jason and Nathan; daughters, Gina Szafraniec and Adyn; and three grandchildren. KATHRYN JEAN LANDERS PICKERING Pickering, 57, of Spring, died Jan. 23, 2015. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law, where she was class valedictorian, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997. Pickering was an estateplanning attorney with Betty T. Adkins and Associates in Houston from 1998 to 2015. She enjoyed spending time with her husband and their dogs, and she is remembered for the joy and love she brought to so many people. Pickering is survived by her husband of 17 years, John; father, James Landers; stepmother, Jan Landers; and sister, Susan Massaro. KENNETH VAUGHAN Vaughan, 89, of Garland, died March 4, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Vaughan was in private practice in Dallas and Garland from 1957 to 1977 and was judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court of Appeals No. 1 from 1977 to 1998. He also served in the Texas House of Representatives for two terms and was on the Board of Trustees of Baylor University. Vaughan was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Garland, where he was a deacon and taught a Sunday school class for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star. Vaughan is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sylvia; daughter, attorney Cynthia Spencer; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. HARRY L. REED Reed, 90, of Houston, died Nov. 20, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. Reed was a general attorney with Shell Oil Co. from 1948 to 1985 and then was a professor at South Texas College of Law from 1952 to 2014. While a law student, he was a member of the Order of the Coif, student editor of the Texas Law Review, and a member of the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi. Reed enjoyed spending time with his family, participating in his church, and teaching the law. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He is survived by his sons, Barry, Bruce, and Chris; daughter, Shirley Leigh; brothers, Franklin and Kenneth; sister, Grace McBride; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. ROBERT JARVIS SHOEMAKER Shoemaker, 81, of Dallas, died Nov. 29, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant and was purchasing and contracting officer for three years at Foster Air Force Base in Victoria. Shoemaker received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He had a general trial practice for 40 years, was a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and served three five-year terms on a State Bar Grievance Committee. Shoemaker was an avid golfer, loved everything to do with World War II, and enjoyed spending weekends at “the farm” in East Texas, which gave the family a cherished taste of country life. He also was deacon and elder at Grace Bible Church and a board member of the Union Gospel Mission Dallas, a Christian-based homeless shelter, for 15 years, including six as chairman. Shoemaker is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary; children, David, Carolyn, and Ted; and two granddaughters. JAMES H. “BLACKIE” HOLMES III Holmes, 79, of Dallas, a legendary Texas litigator, died Oct. 8, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Holmes practiced civil defense law as a partner in Burford & Ryburn in Dallas for 52 years until his death. He was well known for his civility and passion for decreasing the prevalence of “Rambo” tactics. He was a co-author of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, co-chair of the Texas Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Texas Trial Lawyer of the Year from the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Lola Wright Foundation Award, and Distinguished Alumni awards from SMU and its law school. The State Bar of Texas Litigation Section inducted Holmes as a Texas Legal Legend in 2012, and his proudest achievement was helping secure the location of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Holmes was mayor of University Park from 2004 to 2010. He loved to spend time with his family on Sullivan’s Island Beach in South Carolina and in Wimberley. He served in the Judge Advocate General’s office for three years in Abilene. Holmes is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy; sons, James IV, Randell, and Tucker; brother, attorney Houston E. Holmes Jr.; and three grandchildren. WILLIAM F. CALLEJO-BORGES Callejo, 88, of New York City and Dallas, died May 10, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Callejo was married to the love of his life, Adelfa Botello Callejo, a courageous and fierce civil rights attorney and philanthropist, and together they set out to eliminate discrimination and promote education. Callejo practiced law with Adelfa as a partner in Callejo & Callejo, and he also was a licensed architect, a real estate broker, and an engineer. He was a founder of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the Dallas Chapter of the American GI Forum. Callejo was extremely active in the League of United Latin American Citizens, and he was on the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. He loved politics and served as a page in the New York Assembly and was a longtime Democratic precinct chairman in Dallas. His donation to the Dedman School of Law helped found the Adelfa Botello Callejo Leadership and Latino Studies Institute. Callejo served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his brother, Ricardo. BOBBY D. MYERS Myers, 82, of San Antonio, died Jan. 22, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Myers practiced law for 45 years with Biery, Biery, Myers and Armstrong, a firm that sent numerous partners to the judicial bench. When the firm disbanded in 2008, then-San Antonio Bar Association President and current State Bar of Texas Presidentelect Allan K. DuBois said the firm had “endured longer than any other legal entity in this community.” Myers was a member at Woodland Baptist Church for 23 years and had served as chair of its board of deacons and Church Council and, before that, taught Sunday school at Trinity Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay; children, Marcia Barr, Melinda Cassidy, and Martin Myers; brother, Marvin; and eight grandchildren. HON. W.G. “DUB” WOODS JR. Woods, 85, died Jan. 19, 2013, at his ranch in Liberty County. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Woods was justice of the peace of Liberty County and then was elected county attorney and remained in the position for 12 years. He then was district attorney for Liberty and Chambers counties until being appointed as the first judge of the 253rd District Court in 1977. Woods retired in 1999 and continued as a visiting judge in the surrounding counties. There were few things that he loved more than the University of Texas Longhorns, his family, his friends, the law, and his hometown of Liberty. He is survived by his daughter, Susan; son, Patrick; sisters, Barbara Herlitz and Norma Rowland; and three grandchildren. RICHARD DAVID HATCH JR. Hatch, 101, of Aransas Pass, died Aug. 23, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. Hatch was city attorney for Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Rockport, Taft, Gregory, Portland, and Port Aransas, and he also was president of the Texas City Attorneys Association in 1958 and 1959. From 1970 to 1984, Hatch was San Patricio County attorney and worked to end discrimination against Hispanics. After retirement, he went back into private practice and in 1978 was again president of the TCAA. Hatch argued his last jury trial at the age of 92. He was a former president of the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and first president of the Rotary Club. Hatch was on the Aransas Pass Independent School Board and worked to get a bond issue passed for a new high school. He was selected as Outstanding Senior Citizen of Aransas Pass in 1986 and Citizen of the Year in 1998. He had been a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church since 1949. Hatch served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and remained in the Navy Reserve for 20 years. He is survived by his sons, attorney Richard III and Charles; daughters, Dora Ortego and Kay Durrett; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-greatgrandchildren.
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