JOHN CLIFTON MILLER Miller, 82, of Montgomery, died April 12, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Miller began a long career with Shell Oil Co. in Houston in 1958 and was a senior tax attorney with the company from 1968 to 1992. He also was a lobbyist and frequent adviser to several White House administrations and on Capitol Hill. Miller served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, participating in the “China patrol.” He had a side career as an actor and appeared in many commercials, movies, and stage productions. He was active in the Crighton Theatre and numerous other organizations in Montgomery County. Miller is survived by his son, attorney Michael; daughter, Teddy Castillo; brother, Raymond; and two grandchildren, both Texas attorneys. AMEENA ASHFAQ Ashfaq, 33, of Houston, died March 31, 2015. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008. Ashfaq was an associate of BakerHostetler from 2008 to 2014. She also was an artist working primarily with fused glass, and her contemporary-style pieces have been featured in galleries in California. Ashfaq loved to travel and explore the waters of the world while snorkeling and scuba diving. She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Rehan Ahmed; parents, Nadeem and Seema; and brother, Sameer. ROLAND SQUYRES Squyres, 86, of Houston, died March 17, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. Squyres received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. He was an attorney with Austral Oil and Banner Petroleum and then was in private practice. Squyres enjoyed tinkering, fishing, and Catholicism. He is survived by his sons, Tim, Dennis, and Daniel; daughter, Sara; brother, Charles; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. MARK W. PERRIN Perrin, 73, of Eugene, Oregon, died May 2, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. He also was a member of the Missouri and Oregon bars. Perrin was an assistant U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice from 1966 to 1970; an associate of Guilfoil, Symington & Petzall in St. Louis from 1970 to 1972; an associate of Susman & McKissick in Houston from 1972 to 1974; and a partner in Tita & Perrin in Houston from 1974 to 1977. He then moved to Eugene, where he was a partner in Hershner, Hunter, Miller, Moulton & Andrews from 1978 to 1981; a partner in Perrin & Gartland from 1981 to 1991; a shareholder in Mark W. Perrin from 1991 to 1996; and a partner in Perrin & Thayer from 1996 to 2006. Perrin had been president of the Lane County Bar Association in Eugene, and he was a fellow of the Roland K. Rodman American Inn of Court. He enjoyed traveling, ham radio, hiking, and mountain climbing. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; daughters, Jill Welty, Carol, and Lynn; mother, Mary Ann; brothers, attorney Michael, William, and attorney Harry; sisters, Vera Dillon and Marilyn Ottis; and five grandchildren. SWAN THOMAS BURRUS Burrus, 89, of New Braunfels, died June 30, 2014. Burrus served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He then received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. Burrus was a member in Allen Melton in Dallas from 1949 to 1952; a member in Cutrer & Cook in Houston from 1952 to 1955; a solo attorney in Houston from 1955 to 1958; an attorney with the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin from 1958 to 1962; a partner in Schleyer Bartram & Reagan in New Braunfels from 1962 to 1964; a partner in Bartram Reagan & Burrus in New Braunfels from 1964 to 1974; managing partner in Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon & Bluntzer in New Braunfels from 1974 to 1989; and of counsel to Reagan Burrus in New Braunfels from 1989 to 1991. Burrus was a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of the UT System Chancellor’s Council, and a founder and chair emeritus of the Texas Legislative Conference and its 2006 Honorary Texan of the Year. He is survived by his daughters, Amanda Talaat and Mary Langford; brother, Bob; and three grandchildren. PAUL LEWIS WRIGHT Wright, 89, of Dallas, died February 1, 2015. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1940s, having served with the Navajo Code Talkers. He then received his law degree from Harvard Law School, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961, and also was a member of the Connecticut Bar. Wright was an attorney with Maguire and Cole in Stamford and then helped establish the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the Eisenhower administration. He moved to Dallas and was an attorney with Jackson Walker and then Ray Trotti Hemphill. Wright was secretary of the Law and Accounting Committee of the American Bar Association, a former president of the Harvard Club of Dallas (and one of only five members elected as directors emeritus), a frequent participant in moot courts, and a judge at high school debate competitions. He was a lifelong patron of the opera and theater, an active member of his church, and a world traveler. Wright is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alison; sons, Max and Doug; daughter, Margaret; and two grandsons. DON L. RIVES Rives, 80, of Austin, died March 27, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. In Marshall, Rives was an assistant district attorney for Harrison County, a real estate and probate lawyer with Bibb and Rives, a magistrate judge of the Marshall Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and a member of the Constitutional Revision Committee of Texas. Rives then moved to Austin, where he was executive assistant to Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and executive director of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas. In retirement, he was a regent of the University of North Texas, a member of the UNT Athletic Council, and a member of the Travis County Appraisal Review Board. A singer with the Apollo Boys’ Choir as a child, Rives enjoyed rooting on his grandchildren at their music, dance, theater, and sport events. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pat; daughter, Leigh Anne Crowell; sons, Greg and Glen; brother, Larry; and seven grandchildren. CAREY ELIZABETH FITZMAURICE Fitzmaurice, 47, of Bethesda, died June 15, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1995, and also was a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Fitzmaurice was a legislative assistant with Dutko Worldwide in Washington in 1990, an analyst for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in Austin from 1994 to 1998, and a senior policy analyst focusing on air quality issues for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington from 1994 to 2015. She founded and was president of Teal Toes Inc., an ovarian cancer awareness nonprofit, and was given the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s 2015 Cindy Melancon Spirit Award. Fitzmaurice enjoyed being active with Kappa Alpha Theta and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Andrew Schulman; sons, Elijah and Samuel Schulman; mother, Marcia; father, attorney Edward; and brother, attorney Evan. JOSEPHINE “JO” NELSON Nelson, 70, of Houston, died April 22, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Bates College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Nelson was a solo practitioner from 1976 to 2012 and was an associate judge of the City of Houston Municipal Court for 28 years. A pioneer among women attorneys, she was a member of the State Bar’s Juvenile Law and Family Law sections, chair of the District 4J Grievance Committee, a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, and founder and president of the Association of Women Attorneys in Harris County. Nelson loved the opera, ballet, and symphony. She also traveled to more than 50 countries and was an avid skier, hiker, and cyclist. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Thomas Schubert; sons, David, Aaron, and Zachary; and three grandchildren. GERALD FRANCIS RYAN Ryan, 95, of Houston, died April 23, 2015. He served in the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II in Australia, New Guinea, and Dutch New Guinea. Ryan received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1947. He was an assistant district attorney in Houston and then moved to Caracas, Venezuela, and joined the legal department of Mene Grande Oil Co. and later was an attorney for Blaw Knox de Venezuela and the Benson Law Firm. Ryan returned to Houston to practice with Raymond M. Hill and then was the only English-Spanish bilingual district counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration before retiring in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; daughters, Kathleen Norberg and Denise Burton; sons, Gerald, Seán, Brendan, Colman, and Colin; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. THOMAS HAMILL Hamill, 93, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died June 16, 2015. Hamill served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific and in China during World War II and with the 1st Marine Division in Korea in 1950 and 1951. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959, and also was a member of the Oklahoma Bar. Hamill was an assistant county attorney in Oklahoma City from 1951 to 1957 and counsel to Magnolia Petroleum Co. and Mobil Oil Corp. from 1957 until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sally; daughters, Nancy Golightly, Martha Beam, Julia Hamill, and attorney Virginia Gross; brother, attorney James; and seven grandchildren. AL DAVIS Davis, 66, of Marshall, died November 30, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Davis was an associate of the Tom Sneed Law Firm in Odessa from 1973 to 1974; a partner in Trenchard, Davis & Hardwick in Odessa from 1974 to 1977; county attorney of Winkler County from 1977 to 1979; a partner in Wesch, Trenchard & Davis in Kermit from 1979 to 1986; a partner in Moseley & Davis in Marshall from 1985 to 2000; and an assistant criminal district attorney for Harrison County from 2000 to 2013. Davis loved music, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and trout fishing in Colorado. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jane Ogden; sons, Lucas and Joshua; and sisters, Marijane Lusher and Nan Rentz. TOM DURHAM MATTHEWS JR. Matthews, 78, of Dallas, died April 25, 2015. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. Matthews was a partner in Matthews, Shiels, Pearce, Knott, Eden & Davis from 1960 to 2015. He also was a former chair of the Construction Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, recipient of the section’s 1990 Outstanding Service Award, and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Matthews served in the Texas National Guard from 1956 to 1964. He is remembered for his hearty laugh and love for fishing and cruising. Matthews is survived by his wife of 57 years, Suzanne; son, Mark; daughter, Amy Brochhausen; brother, Dave; sisters, Mary Beth Walker and Lois Jordan; and two grandchildren. DAVID E. POLTER Polter, 53, of Austin, died May 9, 2015. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. Polter was an environmental consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1988 to 1989, a regulatory specialist for Arcadis from 1990 to 2015, and a regulatory specialist for Energy Renewable Partners from 2015 until his death. He loved the outdoors, fly-fishing, scuba diving, and sailing. Polter is survived by his wife of 26 years, Robbin; daughter, Mariel; parents, Daniel and Lucy; brother, Adam; and sister, Marie McDermott. ANTHONY GARDNER HARRIS SR. Harris, 71, of Fort Worth, died May 4, 2015. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Harris was an associate of Day & Gandy from 1969 to 1974; senior counsel to and later statutory receiver-liquidator of the State Board of Insurance from 1974 to 1985; executive vice president of and general counsel to Bayly, Martin & Fay from 1985 to 1992; and a private practitioner from 1992 to 2015. He volunteered with the Tarrant County chapter of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans and also was a past president of the Tarrant County Junior Bar Association. Harris was proud of his Texan-Mexican heritage and loved spending time with family in Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, attorney Mariem; sons, Gardner and Tanner; sister Alicia Clark; and brothers, Charles and Paul. SHELBURNE JAY VESELKA Veselka, 71, of Austin, died April 7, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and received a combat infantry badge, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Veselka received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. He was a partner in McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen from 1972 to 2015. A proud alum of Texas A&M University, he helped formed the Texas Aggie Bar Association and an annual legal seminar for ad valorem taxation. Veselka is survived by his wife of 14 years, Brenda; sons, Chris and Jay; daughters, Missy McManis, Amy Owen, and Victoria Veselka; father, Ervin; brothers, attorney Larry and Van; sister, Elinor Crank; and five grandchildren. Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. For information on closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html.
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