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. JANE E. HELPPIE Helppie, 66, of Arlington, died December 2, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998, and also was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Helppie was an associate and then a partner in Reed Smith in Pittsburgh from 1980 to 1995, of counsel to Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas, an attorney for Valor Communications in Irving, and of counsel to the Dallas firm now known as Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein. Helppie is remembered for her brilliance, energy, and for the instrumental role she played in breaking the glass ceiling for women attorneys. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Richard Enos; sons, David, James, attorney Nathan, and Alex Enos; daughters, Alisa Daniels and Sus Enos; mother, Janet; father, Richard; brother, Richard Jr.; sisters, Joanne, Susan, attorney Sally, and Mary; and one grandson. DEBORAH IRENE POMEROY Pomeroy, 64, of San Marcos, died November 17, 2015. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984. Pomeroy was an attorney with the Law Office of Deborah Pomeroy, and she also worked in journalism and public relations and taught business law at Texas State University. She was known for her love of animals and reading and her Mardi Gras celebrations. Pomeroy is survived by her husband, Rick. ANDREW J. AZZARA Azzara, 89, of Irving, died March 15, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946 and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. Azzara received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and his Master of Laws from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986 and also was a member of the New York Bar. Azzara was tax manager for Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York from 1966 to 1969, tax manager for Main La Frentz & Co. in New York from 1969 to 1971, and general tax attorney for Caltex Petroleum Corp. in New York and Dallas from 1971 to 1988. Azzara was a member of the American Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association, and he also had his MBA. He is remembered for his fun-loving personality and his love for golf and acting. Azzara is survived by his wife of 62 years, Claire; sons, Andrew Jr., Mark, and Hugh; daughters, Helen and Claire; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. FRED B. WERKENTHIN Werkenthin, 89, of Austin, died December 4, 2015. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Werkenthin was an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and division chief for the Insurance, Securities and Corporate Section. He later joined Texas Sen. Charles Herring to open Herring and Werkenthin, which later merged with Small, Small, and Craig to become Small, Herring, Craig, Werkenthin, and Shannon, where Werkenthin was managing partner. The firm merged with Jackson Walker in 1999. Werkenthin represented several large insurance companies and also represented the Lower Colorado River Authority in the controversial and significant water rights-related Stacy Dam project. He served as a director of the State Bar of Texas from 1973 to 1976 and, among many professional affiliations, was a sustaining life fellow, past trustee, and past chairman of the Texas Bar Foundation. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Austin Bar Foundation. Werkenthin is remembered as an exceptional lawyer who played a pivotal role in shaping the Texas insurance code, a deeply respected member of his community, and a beloved family man and good friend. He is survived by his sons, Fred Jr. and Gregg; daughters, Linda and Becky; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. EVA WOLSKI Wolski, 65, of Houston, died December 2, 2015. She received her law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Wolski was a tenacious and accomplished real estate attorney in private practice. She is remembered for her love of running in the morning with her dogs, strong work ethic, and loyal devotion to family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Don R. Black; daughter, Nicole Grossberg Webster; and sister, Irene. ERVIN A. APFFEL JR. Apffel, 86, of Galveston, died November 11, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and later received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Apffel was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. He was an attorney with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office from 1957 to 1961, city attorney and acting city manager of Galveston from 1961 to 1964, and a founding member and partner in McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel from 1964 until his retirement in 2009. Apffel was a highly regarded trial attorney known for being well prepared and fearless in the courtroom. He was a member of many legal associations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was a past president of the Galveston County Bar Association. Apffel is remembered as having been a devout Roman Catholic; an avid outdoor sportsman, including hunting and fishing; and a man who always put his family first. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Christine; sons, Immediate Past State Bar of Texas President Trey Apffel and attorney Darrell Apffel; daughters, Jeannie Guarino, Pat Whittington, Pam Del Papa, and Christi Landry; brother, R.A. Apffel; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. JOE EDWARD SCHOETTLER Schoettler, 52, of Porter, died September 5, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Houston School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2001. He was an attorney at and owner of the Schoettler Law Firm in Porter. Schoettler is survived by his son, John; daughter, Caressa Linden; and father, Walter. ROBERT J. THWEATT Thweatt, 71, of Houston, died December 15, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Houston School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. Thweatt was an attorney with Hofheeinz, James and Harpold from 1972 to 1976 and with the Thweatt and Wilson Law Firm from 1976 to 2010. He was a member of the Texas Exes and the Longhorn Foundation. Thweatt is remembered for his mirror reflection photography, zest for life, and for spending quality time with family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dolores; daughters, Laura Sykes and Katy Ehler; sisters, Gini MacShane and Jo Ann Thweatt; and two grandchildren. STEPHEN THOMAS LYNCH Lynch, 73, of Malakoff, died October 19, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966 and later received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. Lynch was an attorney adviser to the Small Business Association in Corpus Christi in 1971; an attorney adviser to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Dallas in 1972; an attorney for the Government National Mortgage Association’s executive training program during the mid- 1970s; regional director of Southwest Realty and owner of STL Properties in Dallas in the ’80s and ’90s; and an estates, wills, and probate attorney in Malakoff from 2000 to 2015. Lynch enjoyed coaching his kids’ sports teams throughout their school years as well as running marathons. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margie; son, Ryan; and daughter, Kristyn. RAYBOURNE THOMPSON JR. Thompson, 79, of Houston, died September 7, 2015. He served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps and later received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. Thompson was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. He practiced personal injury law and aviation litigation as a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Houston from 1963 until his retirement in 1995. Thompson was known for his passion for rebuilding antique airplanes and a helicopter and flying in air shows. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia; daughters, Virginia Mary Brown, Helen Burt, and Patricia Lawrence; and 10 grandchildren. RAYMOND T. PALLADINO Palladino, 83, of Waco, died September 11, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1972. Palladino received his law degree from Baylor University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He was a solo practitioner at Raymond T. Palladino, Attorney at Law, in Waco. Palladino was licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2014, he received the State Bar of Texas’s 50-year lawyer recognition. He is remembered for his avid hunting and fishing, cattle ranching, and induction to the Waco Skeet & Trap Club Hall of Fame as a national, state, and world skeetshooting champion. Palladino is survived by his wife of 59 years, Susi; son, Jeffrey; daughters, attorney Lori Palladino and Christi Schwarz; brothers, Gene and Larry; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. THOMAS DROUGHT Drought, 92, of San Antonio, died December 8, 2015. He served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Drought received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. He was a partner in Drought, Drought & Bobbitt and continued to practice until shortly before his death. He was a fourth-generation San Antonio lawyer and practiced law in his family’s firm that dates back to 1881. In 2001, he received the State Bar of Texas’s 50-year lawyer recognition. Drought will be remembered as a gentleman and scholar who had a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Jane Travis; daughters, Kathleen Danysh, Jane Bell, and Virginia Lee King; son, Thomas; and 10 grandchildren. ROY TALBERT ROGERS JR. Rogers, 79, of Houston, died December 18, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Houston School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. Rogers served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1962 to 1963 and then in the Army Reserve until retiring as a captain in 1969. Rogers was an attorney in private practice until his death, representing such clients as commercial banks and the Federal Farm Credit Bank. He enjoyed participating in CLE programs throughout his career and also was a firearms enthusiast and member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston. Rogers is survived by his children, RoyWayne, Cynthia, and Willard; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. GEORGE MOORE KELTON Kelton, 95, of Odessa, died November 24, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Italy from 1943 to 1945. He later received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1947. Kelton was a solo practitioner from 1947 until his retirement, and he also served two elected terms as county attorney of Ector County, two elected terms as judge of the 161st District Court of Ector County, as assistant attorney general of Texas in 1969, and as a visiting judge in various courts of Texas after his retirement. He held various offices, including president, of the Ector County Bar Association, and also was a member of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Revision of the Penal Code and the National Conference of State Trial Judges Rules Committee. Kelton enjoyed genealogy, fishing, and travel. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ouida; daughter, Beth Mery; sister, Ruth Taylor; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. CLYDE A. MOTE Mote, 89, of Bullard, died December 2, 2015. He received his law degree from Baylor University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Mote was a partner in Cummings & Mote in Abilene from 1950 to 1953, assistant city attorney of Lubbock from 1953 to 1956, an attorney with Napier and Mote from 1956 to 1959, and an attorney with Amoco for 30 years, during which time he was regional attorney in New Orleans. Mote retired in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army for four years. He is remembered as having been a man of great faith who enjoyed his church and playing golf. Mote is survived by his wife of 17 years, Roxann; sons, Bruce and Doug; daughter, Terron Hayes; sister, Frances Hamm; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. JO ANNE M. CHRISTIAN Christian, 79, of Austin, died November 12, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. After serving as counsel to the Texas Employment Commission from 1962 to 1963, she was briefing attorney for Justice Zollie Steakley and Justice Jack Pope of the Texas Supreme Court from 1963 to 1964 and in 1965, her favorite legal job. After service in the Corporations Division of the Texas Secretary of State Office from 1965 to 1966, and as assistant general counsel to the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, D.C., from 1967 to 1968, she was an associate in the Law Offices of Robert C. Duke in Austin from 1969 to 1971, an associate at Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder from 1971 to 1980, and vice president and general counsel of George Christian Inc. from 1980 to 2002. Christian was a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation, a past member of the Board of Visitors of UT School of Law, and a past member of the Texas Bar College. She was known for her arts activism and civic leadership in Austin, as a founding officer and board member of the Austin Opera, a tireless promoter of the creation of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and a member of numerous advisory committees at UT. Christian is survived by her sons, attorney George, attorney Robert, attorney John, and Brian; daughters, Elizabeth Christian and Susan Goulding; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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