WILLIAM GRAVES DWYER Dwyer, 92, of Houston, died September 26, 2015. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and was awarded a Purple Heart medal. Dwyer received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. Dwyer was an assistant district attorney for Harris County; a partner in Dwyer, Weems & Crow; and a real estate lawyer for Vinson & Elkins. In the mid-1960s, he was employed by Roy Hofheinz, a former judge and Houston mayor, and was legal counsel instrumental in helping to open the Astrodome, to bring the Oilers to Houston, and to purchase Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Dwyer was founding president of Fondren Southwest Corp. and vice president of land development with Krisland Group. He enjoyed ranching and being an active University of Texas alumnus and member of the Kiwanis Club of Houston. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Margaret; son, William Charles; daughter, Sarah Herrmann; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. JANET BOYLE Boyle, 71, of Houston, died February 21, 2016. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Boyle practiced oil and gas law in Houston for most of her adult life. She is remembered for her avid support of the University of Texas and its Longhorns, dedication to reading English history and cookbooks, and fierce love for her family and friends. Boyle is survived by her sister, Irene, and many beloved family members. JOHN O. ROARK Roark, 75, of Temple, died January 23, 2016. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Roark was the owner of the Law Office of John O. Roark from 1974 to 2011 and of counsel to Cappolino, Dodd, and Krebs from 2011 to 2016. He was certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and was a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Roark loved thoroughbred horse racing, spending time with family and friends, and being a certified lay minister of the Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen; sons, Wayne and Allen; daughters, Sharon Walters and Sarah Roark; sisters, Wanda Allen and Linda Jennings; and five grandchildren. JAMES “JIM” W. SMITH JR. Smith, 73, of Houston, died April 26, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Smith was a partner in Childs, Fortenbach, Beck & Guyton from 1968 to 1987; a partner in Butler & Binion from 1987 to 1993; a partner in Snell & Smith from 1993 to 2000; and a partner in and of counsel to Thompson & Knight from 2000 until his death. He also enjoyed golf and was a die-hard UT Longhorns fan. Smith is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan; daughters, attorney Lisa Smith and Robin Clark; mother, Kittie; brother, Harry; and two grandchildren. DEBORAH L. WIEMERS Wiemers, 56, of Houston, died July 16, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. Wiemers was a briefing attorney for the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston from 1983 to 1986, a corporate attorney for Exxon Co. USA from 1986 to 1992, and a legal assistant for the 164th Civil District Court in Houston from 1993 to 2000. She was very involved with her church and its choir, a dedicated scrapbooker who made many vacation photo albums, and a talented needlepointer who made Christmas stockings and ornaments. Wiemers is survived by her husband of 22 years, Robert Hemphill Jr.; parents, William and Jane; brother, William; and sisters, Kay and Janet. WILLIAM HAMILTON VITZ Vitz, 74, of McKinney, died November 24, 2015. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Vitz was an attorney with William H. Vitz in McKinney from 1970 to 2010. He also served as general counsel to Collin County Memorial Hospital and was an assistant prosecutor for McKinney, Plano, and Fairview. Vitz is remembered for his deep love for God and family, great compassion, and witty sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy; sons, attorney William, John, and Charles; daughters, Kristy Sera, Deborah Wells, and Charlotte Holtz; brother, James; sister, Charlotte McCraw; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. COLLEEN MULLEN GOFF Goff, 67, of San Antonio, died December 14, 2015. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984. Goff was general counsel to, senior vice president of, and a member of the board of Zachry Group, providing legal counsel to three generations of the Zachry family. Goff served on the vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and on the boards of many organizations, including the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. She also enjoyed interior design. Goff is survived by her husband, D.G. THOMAS TELFORD BARNHOUSE Barnhouse, 92, of Richardson, died March 24, 2016. He served in World War II as a torpedo and assistant gunnery officer on the destroyer USS Guest, for which he received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five battle stars. Barnhouse received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. He again served in the military after WWII as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Barnhouse practiced law in Houston from 1948 to 1957, first with Bernard Golding and then with Laden & Lieberman, Martin & Black, and the Estate Trust Co. He then was a corporate attorney in Dallas from 1957 to 1989 for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and later for Wyatt Cafeterias Inc. From 1989 until his retirement in 2006, he practiced estate planning law in Richardson. Barnhouse is survived by his wife of 29 years, Marilyn; daughters, Bonny Hrubiak and Cynthia Lawrence; stepdaughters, Dianne Moe, Robin Case, and Katy Wilcox; and nine grandchildren. DOUGLAS RAY GWYTHER JR. Gwyther, 64, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died November 16, 2015. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, was a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998. Gwyther was an attorney with the Watts Law Firm in Corpus Christi and then with Owen & Associates in Corpus Christi. He loved the game of golf, hiking, and his dogs, Kylie and Cocoa. Gwyther is survived by his wife of 37 years, Georgene; father, Douglas Sr.; brother, Lyle; and sister, Lori Knudsen. ROBERT JOSEPH RYNIKER Ryniker, 73, of Redington Shores, Florida, died February 6, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy, the Naval Reserve, and as a merchant seaman from 1965 to 1971. Ryniker then received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, was a member of the New York and New Jersey bars, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. He practiced admiralty law as a partner in Hill Rivkins in New York and then moved to Texas in 1983 to head the firm’s Houston office. Ryniker retired from partnership in Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau in Houston in 2013. He was a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association, served as chairman of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, and was president of the SUNY Maritime College Texas Alumni Chapter for many years. Ryniker loved flying and was a private pilot who flew more than 2,500 hours, with the best flying being over the Australian Outback. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cornelia; son, Andrew; daughters, Alexa Rotolo, Christine Ryniker, and Rachel Mari; and three grandchildren. MARTIN O. ADAMS Adams, 73, of Fort Stockton, died February 2, 2016. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Vietnam War. Adams received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. Although he practiced in numerous areas of law for 40 years, Adams felt the greatest reward when serving as a guardian ad litem and handling adoptions. He is remembered as a virtuous community leader, an avid historian who loved his West Texas roots, and a devoted Christian and family man. Adams is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Martin; daughters, Elaine Pollard and Quincy Newsom; twin brother, Jim; and six grandchildren. JOHN H. MALLARD Mallard, 70, of Centerville, died February 13, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Mallard was an assistant city attorney for Amarillo from 1970 to 1971; a partner in Simmons, Simmons & Mallard in Mexia from 1971 to 1972; and a solo practitioner in Centerville from 1972 to 2015. He also was the owner and operator of Leon County Abstract and Title Co. from 1980 until his death and served as county attorney for Leon County in the early 1980s and as county judge of Leon County in the 1990s. Mallard enjoyed golf, traveling and spending time with his family, and being a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Centerville. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marjean; son, Joel; daughter, Emily Dorris; brother, Timothy; and four grandchildren. DORIS M. DOZIER WALTERS Walters, 65, of Georgetown, died December 3, 2015. She received her law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2005. Walters was an attorney with the Law Office of Doris M. Dozier Walters. She also enjoyed painting and sculpting. Walters is survived by her daughters, Kimberley Montgomery and Sunshine Vanover; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. THOMAS BAINE ANDERSON JR. Anderson, 72, of Cary, North Carolina, died June 23, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and later received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Anderson was a member of the North Carolina Bar and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. He was a law clerk for Judge J. Braxton Craven Jr. of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals from 1970 to 1971; a partner in Loflin, Anderson and Loflin in Durham from 1971 to 1974; house counsel to R-A Properties in Durham from 1975 to 1978; a partner in Mount, White, Hutson, Walker and Carden in Durham from 1978 to 1984; a visiting lecturer at UNC law school in 1980; a private practitioner in Dallas from 1984 to 1996, first with Freytag, LaForce, Rubenstein and Teofan, followed by Jenkens & Gilchrist and then Hughes & Luce; and a partner in Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Raleigh from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. Anderson was a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, was featured on several top-lawyer lists, and was a member of the Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code Drafting Committee for the North Carolina Statutes Commission. He also was a violinist with Chapel Hill Philharmonia, an avid reader and book collector, and a scuba diver, among many hobbies and interests. Anderson is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jane; daughters, Catherine Beard and Mary Stark; brother, David; sister, Grace Nichols; and five grandchildren. WILLIAM HAWKINS HEATLY Heatly, 71, of Paducah, died July 8, 2015. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Heatly was in private practice for many years in Abilene and San Antonio, was district attorney of the 50th Judicial District from 1972 to 1990, and was district judge of the 50th Judicial District from 2005 to 2014. He also was a master mason and loved fishing and hunting and gardening. Heatly is survived by his wife, Cynthia; son, John Williams; daughters, Jonnie Stice, Karen Faubus, Marianne Matzke, and Carla Nugent; brother, Gene; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. HERBERT N. STANDEVEN Standeven, 82, of Kimberling City, Missouri, died October 22, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army in 1957 and then was an officer in the Army Reserve for 20 years. Standeven received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, was a member of the Oklahoma and Missouri bars, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Standeven was an assistant city attorney for Oklahoma City from 1957 to 1963; an attorney for First American Title and Trust Co. in Oklahoma City from 1963 to 1964; an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma in Boise City and Guymon for five years; a Veterans Affairs attorney in Waco from 1970 to 1979; district counsel for the VA in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1979 to 1983; an attorney for the VA in Waco from 1983 to 1986; district counsel for the VA in Muskogee from 1987 to 1990; and associate district judge of the Western District of Oklahoma from 1990 to 1994. Standeven received many honors throughout his career, including being recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the Oklahoma Military Academy and receiving performance awards from the VA. He loved sports, particularly Baylor University and University of Tulsa football games, as well as his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice; sons, Herbert Jr., Stuart, and David; daughters, Sharon Keith-Long and Stephanie Washburn; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. FREDERICK W.T. HOOGLAND Hoogland, 75, of Naples, Florida, died May 11, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, was a member of the New York and California bars, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Hoogland started his law career in 1965 with Shell Oil Co. at its New York City corporate headquarters. After working in several corporate locations with Shell, he then worked for Air Liquide America in San Francisco and Houston as a senior attorney specializing in corporate contract law. Hoogland enjoyed weekend running races in the Bay Area and Houston, and he loved language, both written and spoken. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Maryalice; son, Benjamin; brother, John; sisters, Mary, Anne, Dorset, and Margaret; and one granddaughter.
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