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Gabler, Mel, 89; conservative critic of school textbooks who testified before state regulators regularly for 40 years; in Longview, Dec. 19, 2004.

Gabler, Norma, 84; wielded national influence through four decades over textbook selections as founder, with her husband, of the Longview-based Educational Research Analysts, a conservative Christian organization; in Phoenix, Ariz., July 22, 2007.

Gage, Freddie, 81; a one-time Houston gang leader and drug addict who embraced religion and became a leading Baptist evangelist; in Houston, Sept. 12, 2014.

Gaido, Maureen Schwertferger, 78; civic leader and wife of the founder of the landmark Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant in Galveston; in Galveston, Aug. 19, 1995.

Gallego, Ernesto S. “Papo,” 84; Air Force veteran born in Rowena who served as the first Hispanic mayor of Alpine and as a Brewster County commissioner; in Alpine, July 22, 2005.

Gallegos, Mario, 62; Democratic legislator for 22 years, leader on Hispanic and public education issues; in Houston, Oct. 16, 2012.

Galloway, C. A. (Cleophus Anthony), 90; Dallas’ first black city council member; in Dallas, June 10, 1995.

Galloway, Harry M., 86; chief chemist at Pearl Brewery where he worked from 1954 to 1981; distinguished Navy pilot in World War II; in San Antonio, Aug. 4, 2002.

Gammage, Robert A., 74; Democrat from the Houston area who served 25 years in the Legislature, in Congress, and on the Texas Supreme Count, ran for governor in 2006; in Llano, Sept. 10, 2012.

Ganter, Donald B., 65; co-founder in 1974 of the well-known Aggie bar, the Dixie Chicken, as well as other restaurants in College Station; in Abilene, Nov. 23, 2004.

Garcés, Ramon, 76; Laredo native was influential journalist and advocate for migrant farm workers; headed Spanish branch of the Voice of America 1979 to 1981; in Austin, Sept. 14, 2002.

Garcia, Clotilde P., 86; known as “Dr. Cleo,” delivered 10,000 babies, civic leader and sister of civil rights leaders Hector and Xico Garcia, 75, who died April 28; in Corpus Christi, May 27, 2003.

Garcia, Hector P., 82; physician and noted civil rights leader in South Texas, called “Martin Luther King of Hispanics;” founder of American GI Forum; in Corpus Christi, Aug. 26, 1996.

Garcia, Irene Martinez, 86; oldest child of founders of El Fenix restaurants where she served as chairman of the board; in Dallas, March 31, 2003.

Garcia, Theodore “Ted,” 79; a 10th-generation Texan and pioneer in Latino activism in Houston; helped form American GI Forum; in Houston, Oct. 29, 1999.

Gardner, Carl, 83; Tyler native was original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters who had No. 1 hit “Yakety Yak” in 1958, also “Charlie Brown”; in Florida, June 12, 2011.

Garibay, Randy, 62; guitarist and singer known as the “Godfather of San Antonio Blues” and the “Chicano Bluesman”; began with doo-wop groups from the city’s West Side in the 1950s; in San Antonio, May 23, 2002.

Garner, Porter S. Jr., 83; owner of Nuevo Laredo’s legendary Cadillac Bar purchased by his father-in-law in 1926, a destination through the decades for Texans; in Kerrville, July 30, 2007.

Garrett, Jenkins, 95; Fort Worth lawyer and philanthropist, accumulated one of the most comprehensive collections of Texas historical artifacts, president of the Texas State Historical Assn. 1988-89; in Fort Worth, Jan. 27, 2010.

Garrison, Sam, 88; one of the Tuskegee airmen, the first all black fighter squadron in the segregated U.S. Armed Forces in World War II; in Tyler, May, 26, 2011.

actress Greer Garson
Greer Garson.

Garson, Greer, 92; Oscar-winning actress who lived in Dallas off and on since 1949 when she married Texas oilman E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson; in Dallas, April 6, 1996.

Garza, Reynaldo, 89; son of Mexican immigrants was appointed a federal judge by President Kennedy in 1961; appointed to 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Carter; in Brownsville, Sept. 14, 2004.

Gatti, John, 76; former mayor of San Antonio (1971 to 1973) and city council member; Oct. 25, 1994.

Gaylor, Alan Blum, 81; turned his 1950s tuxedo shop into a statewide empire with more than 100 Al’s Formal Wear locations renting attire to generations of Texans; in Houston, April 15, 2008.

Gee, Thomas G., 69; federal judge retired from 18 years on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans; in Houston, Oct. 25,1994.

Gemberling, Robert Perry, 82; FBI special agent who coordinated the Dallas investigation of the Kennedy assassination and supervised the Lee Harvey Oswald investigation in 1963; in Dallas, Dec. 4 , 2004.

Gent, Peter, 69; Dallas Cowboy receiver of the 1960s who wrote best-selling novel North Dallas Forty in 1973; in Bangor, Mich., Sept. 30, 2011.

Gentling, Scott, 68; Fort Worth artist best known for the 1986 book Of Birds and Texas, which he did with his twin Stuart who died in 2006; in Fort Worth, Feb. 8, 2011.

George, Anthony, 90; businessman; owner of Tyler Candy Company; known as “Peanut Pattie King”; in Tyler, Jan. 31, 2001.

George, Zelma, 90; trained soprano and leading researcher of African-American music; born in Hearne; in Cleveland, Ohio, July 3, 1994.

Gilman, Alfred, 74; scientist at Dallas’ University of Texas Southwestern Medical School who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in medicine for cell research; became UT Southwestern’s pharmacology chairman in 1981 and dean of the medical school in 2004; noted for resigning from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas in 2009, citing concerns about business-interests influence over scientific research; in Dallas, Dec. 23, 2015.

Gilmore, Kathleen Kirk, 95; authority on Spanish colonial archaeology, spent decades in finding the location of the French explorer La Salle’s fort on Garcitas Creek; in Dallas, March 18, 2010.

Gilruth, Robert R., 86; NASA veteran who headed for ten years the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston starting in 1961; in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 17, 2000.

Gilvin, L. P. “Pete,” 93; Amarillo contractor and philanthropist, pushed for creation of Palo Duro Canyon State Park; in Amarillo, May 30, 1997.

Gimble, Johnny, 88; fiddle legend played with country music stars from Bob Wills to George Strait, born on a farm near Tyler, grew up in Bascom, began playing with the Rose City Swingers when he was 12; in Marble Falls, May 9, 2015.

Ginsburg, Marcus, 81; Fort Worth attorney and civic leader; former vice president of the Children’s Museum of Fort Worth and the American Jewish Congress; in Fort Worth, Sept. 5, 1996.

Giuffre, Jimmy, 86; Dallas native was clarinetist and composer who infused jazz with blues and classical notes, graduated from University of North Texas; in Pittsfield, Mass., April 24, 2008.

Gjemre, Ken, 81; corporate dropout became business icon after co-founding Half Price Books in Dallas in 1972, grew to 73 stores located in 11 states; in California, May 27, 2002.

Gladden, Don, 71; Fort Worth civil-rights lawyer, activist for integration and against the poll tax, legislator from 1959 to 1968; in Fort Worth, Feb. 14, 2002.

Glaze, Bob, 82; legislator from East Texas for 12 years as a conservative Democrat beginning in 1990, worked for child health care; in Gilmer, June 25, 2010.

Glenn, John, 95; test pilot who became one of the original seven astronauts, the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962; remained in the Clear Lake area of Houston after resigning from NASA in 1964 and before getting into politics in his native Ohio; he was elected in 1974 to the U.S. Senate, where he served for 24 years, ran unsuccessfully for president in the Democratic primaries in 1984; in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 8, 2016.

Glossbrenner, Ernestine, 79; Carlisle native, math teacher who went to the Legislature to champion education issues for eight terms from 1977, living solely on her $7,200 salary as state representative; in Alice, May 20, 2012.

Gochman, Arthur, 79; Houston lawyer-businessman who built the Academy chain of sports stores, champion of school funding equity; in Oct. 25, 2010.

Goetzmann, William H., 80; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian for Exploration and Empire, chair of the UT department of American Studies for 16 years; in Austin, Sept. 7, 2010.

Goff, Frances E., 78; retired director of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and former Army Air Force top aide; in Houston, Sept. 15, 1994.

Goland, Martin, 78; steered Southwest Research Institute into an internationally renowned organization; in San Antonio, Oct. 29, 1997.

Goldberg, Irving L., 88; served almost three decades on 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, adviser to Lyndon Johnson; in Dallas, Feb. 11, 1995.

Goldthwaite, Aniela, 91; top female golfer of the 1930s and '40s; won Texas Women's Open four times; in Fort Worth, Dec. 24, 2003.

Gonzales, Raymond B. Jr., 90; co-founded with his wife Carmen in 1948 the popular Austin restaurant La Tapatia which operated until 1993; in Austin, Oct. 24, 2001.

Gonzalez, Henry B., 84; liberal Democrat represented San Antonio in Congress from 1961 to 1998; chairman of the House Banking Committee 1989 to 1995; also served in the state senate; ran for governor in 1958; in San Antonio, Nov. 28, 2000.

actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez.

Gonzalez Gonzalez, Pedro, 80; born in Aguilares as his show business parents were passing through; performed in San Antonio before breaking into movies, such as Rio Bravo and The High and the Mighty; in Culver City, Calif., Feb. 6, 2006.

Goode, Jim, 71; Houston restauranteur founded his first Goode Company BBQ in 1977, which expanded to seven locations; grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast; trained as a graphic artist in New York; a lifetime director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; in Houston, Feb. 2, 2016.

Goodwyn, Lawrence, 85: reporter and editor with the Texas Observer in the 1950s and 1960s, helped create a coalition that supported Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough in their campaigns, in 1976 wrote Democratic Promise: The Populist Movement in America which became a standard text in colleges, A&M graduate worked on his doctorate at UT; in North Carolina where he taught at Duke for 32 years, Sept. 29, 2013.

Gordon, Harry Bernard Sr., 92; Houston philanthropist who turned a family store into jewelry empire by pioneering the practice of offering credit to customers; in Houston, Jan. 22, 2002.

Gordon, William E., 92; electrical engineer who designed the world’s largest radio telescope, provost and vice president of Rice University 1980–1986; in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2009.

Gordone, Charles, 70; the first black playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize (in 1970); in College Station, Nov. 17, 1995.

Gorham, Dean, 84; helped establish Texas’ municipal retirement system and served as director for 32 years; in Austin, June 19, 1999.

Gottlieb, Dick, 73; popular Houston broadcaster, former city council member and mayoral candidate; in Houston, Aug. 29, 1997.

Graves, Howard, 64; Roaring Springs native and career military officer; was former superintendent of West Point; chancellor of Texas A&M University system 1999 to 2003; in Fort Worth, Sept. 13, 2003.

Graves, John, 92; Fort Worth native, prolific writer’s most famous work, Goodbye to a River was an account of his trip down the Brazos in 1957; at his home near Glen Rose, July 31, 2013.

Graves, L. C., 76; Dallas police officer who wrested Jack Ruby’s revolver from him at Oswald shooting; in Kaufman, Feb. 11, 1995.

Gray, Dobie, 71; soul singer born to family of sharecroppers in Simonton, known for 1973 hit “Drift Away;” in Nashville, Dec. 6, 2011.

Green, Cecil Howard, 102; international philanthropist; one of the founders in 1941 of what became Texas Instruments, which helped make Dallas, Houston and Austin technology centers; in La Jolla, Calif., April 12, 2003.

Green, Howard L., 84; former Tarrant County judge and legislator; baseball enthusiast who helped bring Texas Rangers to Arlington; grandfather of actor Ethan Hawke; in Fort Worth, Oct. 13, 2005.

writer A.C. Greene
A. C. Greene.

Greene, A. C., 78; Abilene native was noted historian, author and newspaper columnist; director emeritus of the University of North Texas’ Center for Texas Studies; in Salado, April 5, 2002.

Greenhill, Joe, 96; longest-serving member of the Texas Supreme Court 1957–82, chief justice from 1972; in Austin, Feb. 11, 2011.

Griffin, Oscar Jr., 78; the Pecos Independent and Enterprise editor who won a Pulitzer in 1963 for exposing the Billie Sol Estes scandal, later worked at the Houston Chronicle; in Lubbock, Nov. 23, 2011.

Grimes, Johnnie-Marie, 91; chief advisor to former Southern Methodist University president Willis Tate 1955 to 1975; in Dallas, Jan. 29, 1997.

Gronouski, John A., 76; former postmaster general and ambassador to Poland; retired in 1989 as professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin; in Green Bay, Wis., Jan. 7, 1996.

Grossman, Burton, 81; born in Corpus Christi, donated millions of dollars to arts, education, medical research in Texas and his adopted Mexico; in London, England, Nov. 12, 1999.

Grulke, Brent, 52; creative director and driving force of Austin’s South by Southwest festival, turning it into a world attraction; in Austin from a heart attack after oral surgery, Aug. 13, 2012.

Guerra, Henry, 82; called “Voice of San Antonio”; broadcaster known for knowledge of city’s history; first Hispanic announcer to use his own name when he joined WOAI in 1939; bridged cultures with “Good night y muy buenas noches” sign-off; in San Antonio, July 1, 2001.

Guerra, Joe A. Jr., 79; San Antonio businessman and activist with Republican Party and the League of United Latin American Citizens; in San Antonio, Oct. 31, 1996.

Eberardo Guerrero

Eberardo Guerrero.

Guerrero, Eberardo “Larry,” 75; owner of landmark Mexican restaurant, Larry’s, in Richmond for more than 40 years; was a construction foreman in the building of NASA in Houston; in Richmond, March 27, 2003.

Guerrero, Lena, 50; Mission native was legislator from 1984 to 1991, first woman and first Hispanic appointed to Texas Railroad Commission in 1991, later resigned after it was revealed she lied about having graduated from UT-Austin; of cancer in Austin, April 23, 2008.

Gump, Richard A., 85; founded in 1945 along with political adviser Robert Strauss Texas’ largest law firm, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; in Dallas, June 21, 2003.

Gunby, David, 58; engineer who was a student Aug. 1, 1966, when shot by Charles Whitman from the University of Texas tower; spent the rest of his life in kidney dialysis, death ruled a homicide from the incident; in Fort Worth, Nov. 12, 2001.

Gunn, Warren, 84; Fredericksburg rancher who was one of the organizers of the first rodeo performers association in 1936, named to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2000; in San Antonio, May 29, 2002.

 

 

 

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