George C. Anson Jr. Anson, 98, of Dallas, died October 29, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 as a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator stationed in Italy. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Anson began his legal career as an attorney at Jenkins, Anson, Spradley & Gilchrist. In 1969, he became the first general counsel of the First National Bank of Dallas, which then became First International Bancshares; and after retiring, he reentered private practice with Shank, Irwin, Conant, Lipshy & Casterline in Dallas. Anson served on the Baylor University Board of Trustees for 18 years. He is remembered for his love of family, golf, Baylor football, and the Dallas Cowboys. Anson is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joyce; son, George III; daughter, Judi; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. B. FRANK PENNYPACKER III Pennypacker, 76, of San Antonio, died November 19, 2016. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Pennypacker worked in the Law Office of George Krog from 1973 to 1974; was a partner in Stewart, Hemmi & Pennypacker from 1974 to 1985; a solo practitioner from 1985 to 2000; and a partner in Wilson, Pennypacker & Thomson from 2000 until his death. He was certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Pennypacker is remembered for his love of fishing, storytelling, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Anne; daughter, Tiffany Pennypacker Link; stepson, Christopher Petty; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Petty and Emilie Petty; sister, Shirley Belkham; and five grandchildren. GERALD ARTHUR CORNICK Cornick, 69, of Weatherford, died March 15, 2016. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. Cornick was a solo practitioner in Houston from 1973 to 1997; an attorney with Ken Rothey’s international law practice in Houston from 1993 to 1995; and a contract attorney for Ross & Matthews in Fort Worth from 1997 to 2011. He served as vice president and president of the North Harris County Lawyers Association, helped with an inmate service project for the State Bar of Texas, and was on the Law Day Committee of the Houston Bar Association. Cornick is remembered for being kind and gentle, for his wise decisions and opinions, and for his love of fishing. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha Ruth “Ginger” Cornick; son, Stephen A. Cornick; daughters, Kristina L. Kopernik and Katherine R. Vasek; and seven grandchildren. RACHEL LITTLEJOHN-DIEBEL Littlejohn-Diebel, 92, of Beeville, died December 24, 2014. She received her law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Littlejohn-Diebel was an attorney in Beeville until 1974 when she was elected judge of the 156th District Court, where she served until her retirement in 1994. She was a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and served on the executive committee of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas from 1983 to 1986. Littlejohn-Diebel sang in the choir at First Baptist Church in Beeville, where she taught young girls in Sunday school, and is remembered for her love of traveling around the world. She is survived by her son, John J. Littlejohn; daughter, retired Judge Janet P. Littlejohn; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. GENE HOWARD MIXSON Mixson, 96, of Midland, died May 29, 2016. From 1940 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mixson received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. He worked as an attorney in Higgins from 1948 to 1953 and was a landman for Humble Oil and Refining Co. in Midland from 1953 to 1985, when he retired from the company, which had then become Exxon. Mixson was a part of the Midland Masonic Lodge, attended the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, and was a 54-year member of First Baptist Church in Midland. MAGNUS “MIKE” HJALMARSON Hjalmarson, 76, of Houston, died August 8, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1959. Hjalmarson received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. He spent his legal career in private practice in Houston and was once a member and chair of the qualifications and testing committees of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, was board-certified in personal injury trial law, and was a member of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. Hjalmarson is remembered for his clever and witty personality, for being an accomplished oil painter, and for keeping a stand with 42 flags in his office representing the home countries of his past clients. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Gloria Hoppe Hjalmarson; brothers, Winfield, Halldor, Bjorn, John, and Lawrence; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. JOHN RYAN SYLLAIOS Syllaios, 35, of Dallas, died May 19, 2016. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2010. Syllaios was an assistant district attorney in the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office from 2010 to 2012; an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office from 2012 to 2014; and a solo criminal defense attorney in Dallas from 2014 until his death. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces, Taylor and Kate, and his pets, Oscar and Chance, and is remembered for his love of making people laugh. Syllaios is survived by his mother, Teri, and father, A.J.; and sister, attorney Catherine Callahan. JAMES E. BROWN JR. Brown, 80, of College Station, died November 18, 2015. He received his law degree from George Washington University School of Law, was a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981. Brown was a military trial judge in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1957 to 1977; a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., New York, and Geneva from 1977 to 1979; and served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He was a trial lawyer with Benckenstein, Oxford & Johnson, now Benckenstein & Oxford, in Beaumont from 1980 to 1993; a trial lawyer with Johnson, Ferguson & Pipkin, now Pipkin Ferguson, in Houston from 1993 to 1999; and a trial lawyer at Donato, Minx & Brown, now Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, in Houston from 2000 to 2001. Brown is remembered for his love of collecting antique cars and flying World War II airplanes. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Permelia Ann Brown; sons, James III and attorneys Jerry and Robert; and five grandchildren. CARLTON MCLARTY McLarty, 66, of Dallas, died January 13, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. McLarty practiced law in Lubbock with Sam Brown from 1978 to 1981, as a partner in McLarty & McLarty from 1981 to 1991, and as a solo practitioner from 1991 to 1993. He was then an assistant federal public defender for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas from 1993 to 2013. McLarty was honored as Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 1989 and received a President’s Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Citizen Accused in 1990 from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for his work in the case Stearnes v. Clinton. He is remembered for being an avid reader, a consummate river runner, and for his love of all kinds of music, especially folk. McLarty is survived by his wife of 22 years, Amy; daughter, Gemma; father, John, and mother, Sara; and brothers, John, Davis, and Matthew. SCOTT WESLEY HUDSON Hudson, 87, of Fort Worth, died November 28, 2016. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953, he received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. He worked in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office under Henry Wade before opening his own law office, where he specialized in criminal defense. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Tax Court. Hudson is remembered for his love of jelly-beans and his charismatic presence, especially in the courtroom. He had a deep fondness for the legal profession and encouraged his children and grandchildren to go to law school. Hudson is survived by his daughters, retired Judge Jean Boyd, Lynn Alcorn, and District Attorney Dee Peavy of the 90th Judicial District; seven grandchildren, including two attorneys; and two great-grandchildren. ROBERT C. TAYLOR Taylor, 87, of Dallas, died March 12, 2016. He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law and Master of Laws and Doctor of Laws in taxation from Georgetown Law. He was a member of the District of Columbia and North Carolina bars and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Taylor served as a major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1953 to 1955 and a commissioner on the U.S. Court of Military Appeals from 1957 to 1958. He was an attorney with Golden, Croley, Howell, Johnson & Mizell from 1959 to 1965; a partner in Howell, Johnson & Mizell from 1965 to 1970; a partner in Howell, Johnson, Mizell, Taylor, Price & Corrigan from 1970 to 1977; a partner in Taylor, Mizell, Price, Corrigan & Smith from 1977 to 1981; a partner in Taylor & Mizell from 1981 to 1994; a partner in Taylor Lohmeyer Corrigan from 1994 to 2008; and a partner in Taylor Lohmeyer from 2008 to 2016. Taylor was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Texas in 1972-1973; and former chair and member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Board of Directors. He was an avid tennis player and golfer, having attended Duke University on a tennis scholarship where he was ranked as the No. 1 player on the team. Taylor is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cornelia “Teddy” Taylor; daughter, Janet Lee Taylor Mountz; stepdaughter, Stephanie Flower; sister LeAnn Solomon; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. • Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1715. For information on closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to www.texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html.
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