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Faget, Maxime, 83; chief architect of NASA's Mercury capsule and contributor to the design of other spacecraft; in Houston, Oct. 9, 2004.

Fallon, Frank, 73; veteran broadcaster was "Voice of the Baylor Bears" where he announced football and basketball games for 43 years; in Waco, April 30, 2004.

Farah, William, 78; longtime head of the El Paso-based Farah garment manufacturing company founded by his parents; in El Paso, March 9, 1998.

Farb, Harold, 83; amassed a fortune beginning in the 1970s as “the king of the apartment business” in Houston with more than 30,000 units; in Houston, Oct. 10, 2006.

james farmer
 James Farmer.

Farmer, James L. Jr., 79; Marshall native was among the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s as co-founder of the Congress of Racial Equality; in Fredericksburg, Va., July 9, 1999.

Fath, Creekmore, 93; Austin lawyer was leader among liberal Democrats working under Sam Rayburn and Lyndon B. Johnson and with Ralph Yarborough, Bob Eckhardt and Frances “Sissy” Farenthold; in Austin, June 25, 2009.

Fawcett, Farrah, 62; born and raised in Corpus Christi, discovered as UT-Austin “most beautiful coed,” was one of Charlie’s Angels, with later dramatic roles, known for celebrated 1970s pinup poster; in Santa Monica, Calif., June 25, 2009.

Fearing, Kelly, 92; modernist painter taught art at UT-Austin 1947–1987, one of the last of the Fort Worth Circle of artists;  in Austin, March 13, 2011.

Fehrenbach, T.R., 88; San Benito native, noted Texas historian and columnist, his most famous work was Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans; in San Antonio, Dec. 1, 2013.

Felty, L. T., 81; longtime teacher and coach known as “Mr. Waxahachie;” helped woo filmmakers to area; in Waxahachie, March 17, 1996.

singer freddy fender
Freddy Fender.

Fender, Freddy, 69; born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, the Grammy-winning singer had hits with “Before the Last Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”; in Corpus Christi, Oct. 14, 2006.

Ferguson, Joe Frank III, 86; musician with Light Crust Doughboys and Texas Playboys; in Fort Worth, Feb. 14, 2001.

Field, Margaret, 89; Houston native was 1940s film actress, with many TV roles in 1950s and 60s; mother of actress Sally Field; in Malibu, Calif., Nov. 6, 2011.

Fisher, O. C. (Ovie Clark), 91; served 32 years as a member of Congress from west-central Texas; in Junction, Dec. 9, 1994.

Fitzpatrick, John J., 87; bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville 1971 to 1991; noted for pastoral ministry to migrants and immigrants; in Brownsville, July 15, 2006.

Flanagan, Peggy, 85; one of the first women in Texas to be certified as an oil and gas landman in 1981; president of the American Business Women’s Association 1964 to 1965; in Houston, Jan. 11, 2007.

Flato, Paul, 98; Shiner native whose jewelry stores in New York and Beverly Hills served celebrity clients; in the 1970s he established a store in Mexico City, returning to Texas in 1990; in Fort Worth, July 17, 1999.

Flippo, Chet, 69; top country music journalist for Rolling Stone, Sam Houston State and UT-Austin grad, grew up in Fort Worth; in Nashville, June 19, 2013.

Flores, Juvenal Joe, 90; catalyst, through LULAC, for Feria de las Flores, an annual festival and scholarship pageant in Corpus Christi since 1959; in Corpus Christi, May 30, 2001.

Flournoy, Lucien, 83; Alice oilman and philanthropist; former mayor; served on Texas Aeronautics Commission and Texas Economic Development Commission; in Corpus Christi, March 27, 2003.

Folkers, Karl, 91; University of Texas professor who pioneered in vitamin research; first Texan named to the National Academy of Sciences in 1948; Dec. 9, 1997.

playwright Horton Foote
Horton Foote.

Foote, Horton, 93; Oscar- and Pultizer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter of works including Tender Mercies, Trip to Bountiful, born in Wharton where he maintained a home; in Hartford, Conn., while working on adapting a play, March 4, 2009.

Foreman, Wilson, 81; Eastland native represented Austin in the Legislature for 16 years beginning in 1957, raised in Edinburg, student body president at UT-Austin; in Liberty Hill, March 14, 2008.

Formby, Margaret, 73; rancher’s daughter who was impetus behind the creation of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1975, first in Hereford and now in Fort Worth; in Hereford, April 10, 2003.

Fountaine, Fred, 73; chief cook at Louie Mueller’s Barbecue in Taylor for 32 years; in Taylor, June 13, 1998.

Fox, David G. Jr., 80; led Fox & Jacobs Inc., which grew to be Texas' largest homebuilder, for more than 35 years; former Dallas County judge, chairman of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the State Fair of Texas; in Dallas, Dec. 25, 2003.

Franks, Zarko, 89; reporter for the Houston Chronicle beginning in 1945, covered crime and sports, was  city editor, family emigrated from Yugoslavia when he was 6; in Houston, Dec. 2, 2010.

Freeman, Al Jr., 78; veteran actor received Emmy nomination for role as Malcolm X in 1979 TV mini-series, later portrayed Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, raised in San Antonio; in Washington, Aug. 9, 2012.

Freeman, Charles E. III, 54; one of two blacks to desegregate Rice University in 1965, later student activist at Texas Southern University; defense lawyer, devout Muslim; from cancer, in Houston, May 12, 2003.

Freeman, Dovie Frances, 83; from 1954 to 1989 served up sizzling steaks as a waitress at Austin’s Hoffbrau, known for her wit and signature jumpsuit; in Austin, Oct. 1, 2002.

Freund, Carl, 82; Penelope native, UT-Austin graduate, was journalist for 60 years including 20 years with The Dallas Morning News, covered JFK assassination, pallbearer for Lee Harvey Oswald, interviewed Jack Ruby; in Plano, Feb. 24, 2008.

Friedman, Bayard, 71; former Fort Worth mayor, founding member of the DFW airport board and former chairman of the Texas Christian University board of trustees; in Fort Worth, Oct. 3, 1998.

Friedman, Jeff, 62; the former “hippie mayor” of Austin in the 1970s, first serving at age 26 on the city council where he challenged the political establishment; June 7, 2007.

Fritsch, Toni, 60; popular Austrian-born kicker for the Luv Ya Blue-era Houston Oilers under coach Bum Phillips; earlier kicked for the Dallas Cowboys; in Vienna, Sept. 13, 2005.

Fromholz, Steve, 68; singer-songwriter born in Temple, wrote “I’d Have to Be Crazy” and “Texas Trilogy” about his ancestral Bosque County, poet laureate of Texas in 2007, attended University of North Texas; in Scheicher County in a hunting accident, Jan. 19, 2014.

Furr, Donald, 74; CEO from 1959 to 1985 of the family cafeteria business headquartered in Lubbock; he served on Texas Tech University President’s Council; in Maryland, July 30, 2002.

Fürstenberg, Cecil Blaffer “Titi” von, 86; arts patron who was daughter of Humble Oil (ExxonMobil) founder Robert L. Blaffer and granddaughter of Texas Company (Texaco) founder William Thomas Campbell; married Prince Tassilo von Fürstenberg of Austria; in Houston, Nov. 17, 2006.

 

 

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