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Haas, R. E. “Buster,” 70; assistant managing editor of The Dallas Morning News for 32 years; in Dallas, March 26, 1995.

Hackerman, Norman, 95; former president of UT-Austin 1967 to 1970 and Rice University 1970 to 1985; respected chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project; member National Academy of the Sciences; in Temple, June 16, 2007.

Hackler, Loyd, 70; former aide to Lyndon Johnson and Lloyd Bentsen, editor at various newspapers in Texas; at his Hope, N.M., cattle ranch, Dec. 21, 1996.

Haggar, Edmond R. "Ed," 88; clothier who as president launched to national prominence the family business, which was founded by his father, a Lebanese immigrant; credited with coining the term "slacks;" in Dallas, Sept. 29, 2004.

Haggar, Joseph Jr., 87; headed the apparel firm founded by his father, a Lebanese immigrant, served on Dallas city council; in Dallas, June 1, 2012.

Hagman, Larry, 81; actor best-known for role as J.R. Ewing in the TV series “Dallas,” son of actress Mary Martin, he spent his teen years at Weatherford High School, graduating in 1949, began acting at Dallas’ Margo Jones theater: in Dallas, Nov. 23, 2012.

Halbouty, Michel T., 95; famed wildcatter who made millions in the oil business; Beaumont native was son of Lebanese immigrants; in Houston, Nov. 6, 2004.

Hale, Monte, 89; San Angelo native became singing cowboy in Hollywood Westerns in the 1940s, played Bale Clinch in Giant; in Los Angeles, March 29, 2009.

Haley, J. Evetts, 94; archconservative writer and historian of the Texas frontier; in Midland, Oct. 9, 1995.

Hall, Walter G., 92; wealthy businessman and powerful voice in Galveston County Democratic Party politics; in Clear Lake, March 12, 2000.

Hamilton, Milo, 88; baseball announcer for many major league teams beginning in 1953 with the St. Louis Browns and finally joining the Houston Astros in 1985 where he was the primary voice from 1987 to 2012; in Houston, Sept. 17, 2015.

Hammond, Ulysses, 76; one of first African-Americans in the nation to serve as a Boy Scout area director (1946 to 1971 in East Texas); in Dallas, Oct. 25, 1995.

Hamon, Nancy B., 92; philanthropist, giving millions of dollars for the arts, took over late husband’s oil business in 1985, when, she said, all she knew about oil was a good salad dressing; in Dallas, July 30, 2011.

Hancock, Gerre, 77; renowned organist known for improvisation, born in Lubbock, taught sacred music since 2004 at UT-Austin; in Austin, Jan. 21, 2012.

Hancock, T. S., 81; educator, superintendent at Cypress-Fairbanks schools 1954 to 1968; in Houston, Dec. 14, 1996.

Haney, Paul, 80; the voice of Mission Control at Houston Space Center during the Gemini and Apollo flights in the 1960s; in Alamogordo, N.M., May 28, 2009.

Hannah, John H., 64; federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas; raised in Diboll; served in Legislature where he was member of the Dirty Thirty; Dec. 4, 2003.

Harbin, Jack, 97; Waxahachie native joined Halliburton Co. in 1948 and eventually became chairman and CEO in the 1970s-80s; philanthropist gave millions to medical research and UT-Austin; in Dallas, July 27, 2014.

Hardesty, Robert, 82; speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson, president of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) from 1981-88; in Austin, July 8, 2013.

Hardin, Ross, 84; Texas legislator of the 1930s and ’40s who helped create the first pension for Texas’ elderly; in Kaufman, Feb. 4, 1996.

Harding, Warren G., 84; Princeton native rode presidential name to 33 years as Dallas County treasurer and state treasurer, retiring in 1983; April 2, 2005.

Hargis, Billy James, 79; Texarkana-born evangelist who founded in 1950 the anti-communist Christian Crusade; Nov. 27, 2004.

Harrelson, Charles, 69; father of actor Woody Harrelson; convicted of the 1979 murder of San Antonio federal judge John Wood Jr.; in federal prison in Colorado, March 15, 2007.

Harrington, Sybil, 89; philanthropist from Amarillo, benefactor to many civic projects in the Texas Panhandle; in Phoenix. Ariz., Sept. 17, 1998.

Harris, Chris, 67; state legislator for 28 years from Tarrant County, Republican served in the state House of Representatives from 1985 to 1990 and the state Senate from 1990 to 2013, where he gained a reputation as a tough advocate for this home area; an attorney raised in Arlington; in Fort Worth, Dec. 19, 2015.

Harris, Don, 75; radio personality in Dallas-Fort Worth market on WBAP for more than 30 years; grew up in the Lake Whitney area of Bosque County; in Waco, Oct. 21, 2013.

Harris, Leon A. Jr., 74; of Dallas department-store family, went on to career of writing books and magazines articles, was contributing editor with Town & Country; art patron; in Highland Park, Aug. 17, 2000.

Harris, Ruth R., 84; longtime employee of The Dallas Morning News; worked on the Texas Almanac from 1941 to 1986 where she was associate editor; Aug. 13, 2004.

Harrison, Charles “Tex,” 81; for nearly 20 years a player on the Harlem Globetrotters and for decades later he served as a coach and advisor to the team; in Houston, his home since 1933 when his parents moved there from Indiana, Nov. 20, 2014.

Harrison, Frank, 99; Dallas native, SMU graduate, taught pathology and anatomy at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, president of UT-Arlington 1969-72, first president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio 1972-85; in Dallas, Aug. 8, 2013.

Harrison, Ivan Elton "Sonny," 85; Naples native was an amateur radio operator who built the first Carterfone, the precursor to the computer modem; in Wimberley, April 22, 2005.

Harrison, William, 79; author who adapted his fiction into films Rollerball in 1975 and Mountains of the Moon in 1990, Dallas native was a graduate of Texas Christian University; in Fayetteville, Ark., Oct. 22, 2013.

Harte, Janet, 75; philanthropist who championed human rights and environmental protection; in Corpus Christi, Feb. 23, 1999.

Harte, Edward H., 88; son of co-founder of Harte-Hanks Newspapers, publisher of Corpus Christi Caller-Times, philanthopist and ardent conservationist; in Maine, May, 18, 2011.

Hartsfield, Henry Jr. “Hank,” 80; flew on three space shuttles, commander of maiden mission of the Discovery, pilot of the final test flight of the Columbia; in El Lago, July 17, 2014.

Haskins, Don, 78; Hall of Fame basketball coach who drew attention to racial exclusionary policies in college sports when he started five black players on Texas Western’s team that defeated all-white University of Kentucky in 1966; in El Paso, Sept. 7, 2008.

Hasslocher, Jim, 93; opened his first hamburger drive-in near San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park in 1947; that would grow into the Jim’s Restaurants chain and the Frontier burger shops; born Germano Hasslocher in Shreveport; in Houston, Nov. 19, 2015.

Hathaway, Bruce, 78; radio icon in San Antonio, especially during the golden age of Top 40 formats in the 1960s, 70s and 80s; deejay also hosted high school dances and teen-oriented TV shows including Swingtime, a dance show; in San Antonio, Jan. 27, 2017.

Hawn, C. F., 89; East Texas businessman for whom a Dallas freeway is named; served on State Highway Commission in 1950s and ’60s; in Athens, Oct. 9, 1996.

athlete Bob Hayes
Bob Hayes.

Hay, Jess, 84; a fundraising champion for Texas Democrats for decades, a committeeman for the national party, UT regent for 12 years including serving as chairman, SMU grad grew up in Orange; in Dallas, April 20, 2015.

Hayes, Bob, 59; Olympic gold-medal sprinter in 1964 and Dallas Cowboys receiver for 10 years, earning a Super Bowl ring in 1972; of kidney failure, in Florida, Sept. 18, 2002.

Haynes, Jerry, 84: he was “Mr. Peppermint” to baby boomers and their children as the host of the Dallas-Fort Worth children’s TV program for 35 years; in Longview, Sept. 26, 2011.

Haynes, Marques, 90; Harlem Globetrotter for a half century 1946-97 playing more than 12,000 games, in 1997 he moved to the Dallas area where he ran a heating and air conditioning business; in Plano, May 22, 2015.

Haynes, Richard “Racehorse”, 90; flamboyant Houston attorney who led the successful trial defense in some of Texas’ most notorious murder cases including that of Houston plastic surgeon John Hill in 1971, and Fort Worth oilman T. Cullen Davis in 1977; Houston native acquired nickname when he was a Reagan High School football player; at his home in Trinity, April 28, 2017.

Haywood, Tom, 61; represented North and West Texas counties in state senate from 1994; champion of agriculture and oil businesses; in Wichita Falls, July 12, 2001.

Hazlewood, Lee, 78; singer/songwriter wrote Nancy Sinatra hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and “Houston” for Dean Martin, spent teen years in Port Neches, studied at SMU; in Nevada, Aug. 4, 2007.

Heard, Robert, 84: Big Spring native reported for decades from Austin on state government, politics, and sports for AP, he was wounded in the 1966 UT tower shootings; in Austin, April 15, 2014.

Hearne, Grace Truman Dodson “Mimi,” 102; daughter of a San Antonio attorney, she fished, was a talented markswoman, and played classical piano; ran her ranch near Blanco well into her 90s, where she died, July 22, 2005.

Heggins, Elsie Faye, 65; brought an issue-driven approach to Dallas City Council 1980 to 1984; in Houston, Jan. 3, 2000.

Hemsley, Sherman, 74; actor best known as TV’s newly rich George Jefferson on “The Jeffersons,” 1975-85, lived in El Paso off and on for more than 10 years; in El Paso, July 24, 2012.

Henckel, Donald L. 79; an engineer for eight years of the legendary Brackenridge Eagle miniature train that has been a tourist attraction in San Antonio for more than 50 years; in San Antonio, May 23, 2008.

Henderson, Bugs, 68; Texas blues-rock guitar legend, raised in Tyler, played with B.B. King, Eric Clapton; in Jefferson, March 8, 2012. 

Henderson, Luther A., 82; bought Pier 1 Imports in 1966 and transformed it into a nationwide retail force; was founder-chairman of the company until 1993; in Fort Worth, Sept. 28, 2002.

Henderson, Wayne, 74; trombonist and composer, Houston native was a founder of the Jazz Crusaders in 1961 when they performed in Gulf Coast clubs and bars playing jazz he described as “a combination of southeast Texas and Louisiana;” in Culver City, Calif., April 4, 2014.

Henry, Robert “Mr. Bob”, 89; acquired New Braunfels’ Camp Landa campground in 1966 and developed there the water park he named Schlitterbahn in 1979; that grew to other such facilities at South Padre Island, Galveston, and Corpus Christi; in New Braunfels, Oct. 31, 2016.

Herkimer, Lawrence, 89; called the “grandfather of modern cheerleading,” after being SMU’s head cheerleader, in 1948 he started his first cheerleading camp, began a cheerleading magazine and co-wrote a book on the subject; in Dallas, July 1, 2015.

Herman, Robert, 82; scientist and Big Bang theorist who taught at UT-Austin; in Austin, Feb. 13, 1997.

Hernández, Onesimo, 69; Dallas surgeon revered as the godfather of Hispanic politics in the city, in Dallas, Sept. 28, 1994.

Herrera, Johnny, 73; Lower Valley native was Tejano songwriter of the 1940s and 1950s; his songs included "La Tracalera" covered by Selena; Sept. 10, 2003.

Herring, Charles F. Sr., 89; Waco native was former federal prosecutor and state senator 1956 to 1973 from Central Texas; in Austin, Jan. 15, 2004.

Hester, Darrell, 80; tough-minded jurist who presided over the trials that helped topple the dynasty of South Texas political boss George Parr; in Harlingen, Dec. 18, 2005.

Hildebrandt, Tim, 67; world-renowned illustrator and artist who, with his twin brother Greg, created posters for Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings; in San Antonio, June 11, 2006.

Highsmith, Patricia, 74; crime writer, native of Fort Worth; in Locarno, Switzerland, Feb. 4, 1995.

Hightower, Jack, 86; Texas Supreme Court justice, Memphis (Tex.) native served in the Legislature and for six terms as a Democrat in Congress beginning in 1975; in Austin, Aug. 3, 2013.

Hill, Bobby Joe, 59; leader of the all-black Texas Western team that won the 1966 NCAA championship against the all-white Kentucky team, a landmark in college basketball; apparent heart attack in El Paso, Dec. 8, 2002.

Hill, David L. “Tex,” 92; Flying Tigers fighter pilot who was youngest brigadier general in the history of the Texas Air National Guard; in Terrell Hills, Oct. 11, 2007.

Hill, John L. Jr., 83; former Texas Supreme Court chief justice, secretary of state and attorney general; in 1978 became first Democrat in a century to lose the governor’s race, falling to Republican Bill Clements; in Houston, July 9, 2007.

Hill, Margaret Hunt, 91; oldest child of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt; grew up in Tyler; active in resort development and her oil company, Hunt Petroleum, which gave $12 million to the Trinity River Corridor Project; in Dallas, June 14, 2007.

Hillaker, Harry J., 89; led the design team for the F-16 aircraft at General Dynamics where he worked for 44 years; in Fort Worth, Feb. 8, 2009.

Hinckley, Margaret A. “Marty” Jenkins; 74; Clarendon native married into Dallas family with ice cream business, came up with the idea for chocolate nut bar for vendors at the State Fair of Texas, evolved into the “Drumstick”; in Mabank, March 3, 2003.

Hines, John, 87; bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas 1956 to 1964; presided over the Episcopal Church in the late 1960s; in Austin, July 19, 1997.

actor Pat Hingle
Pat Hingle.

Hingle, Pat, 84; character actor who attended Weslaco High School, graduated UT-Austin 1949, had recurring role in Batman as Commissioner Gordon; in Carolina Beach, N.C., Jan. 3, 2009.

Hitt, Dick, 63; former Dallas Times Herald columnist, author, TV anchor and radio host; in Tyler June 27, 1996.

Hlavaty, Deane, 89; one of the famed carhops in scanty shorts and towering hats at Prince’s Hamburgers in the 1930s, later worked for decades as a travel agent; in Houston, July 17, 2009.

Hobby, Diana, 83; wife of former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, book editor of the Houston Post in the 1950s-60s, served on many Houston civic boards, conservationist who was a founding board member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; in Houston, July 4, 2014.

Hobby, Oveta Culp, 90; organized Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in Eisenhower Cabinet and led media empire that included The Houston Post; in Houston, Aug. 16, 1995.

Hodgson, Jay, 78; known as Uncle Jay to baby boomers of Central Texas where he hosted an after-school children’s show on Austin’s KTBC for 25 years; May 27, 2007.

Hoffman, Philip G., 93; president of the University of Houston for 16 years beginning in 1961 during era of expansion and state affiliation; in Houston, Oct. 29, 2008.

Hofner, Adolph, 83; Moulton native known for adding German, Czech and Polish twist to Western swing music; his band popularized a Texas version of the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” in 1940; he performed through the 1980s; in San Antonio, May 30, 2000.

Hofner, Emil “Bash,” 83; played steel guitar in brother Adolph Hofner’s band that blended Western swing with Czech polkas; in San Antonio, Jan. 16, 2002.

Hogan, Ben, 84; golfing great who won all four major championships; in Fort Worth, July 25, 1997.

Hogue, Alexandre, 96; an acclaimed painter of the Southwest, one of the core members of the Depression-era group known as the Dallas Nine; in Tulsa, July 22, 1994.

Hollingsworth, James F., 91; in the Army for 36 years through World War II, Korea and Vietnam, called the most decorated military officer to come out of Texas A & M; in San Antonio, March 9, 2010.

Hollowell, Bill, 83; East Texas legislator, Democrat was dean of the state House when he left in 1991 after serving 28 years; in Grand Saline, Jan. 18, 2012.

Holtz, Mark, 51; broadcaster, “voice of the Texas Rangers” for 17 seasons; from leukemia and bone marrow disease; in Dallas, Sept. 7, 1997.

Hooks, Ralph Sr., 75; business, civic leader and former mayor of Abilene; in Abilene, Feb. 8, 1995.

Hopps, Walter, 72; founding director of Houston's Menil Collection; also served as curator of 20th century art for the Smithsonian Institution; lived in Houston and Los Angeles; March 20, 2005.

Horgan, Paul, 91; one of the foremost writers of the Southwest, Pulitzer Prize winner and honoree of the Texas Institute of Letters; in Middletown, Conn., March 8, 1995.

Hosty, James P., 86; was FBI agent in Dallas when told in October 1963 to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald as a potential spy, one of 12 agents reprimanded for investigative improprieties after the Warren Commission’s report; in Kansas City, June 10, 2011.

Houston, Sam IV, 85; great grandson of Texas president and general; worked to promote the study of Texas history through speaking at public schools and events such as the annual San Jacinto Day celebration near Houston; received a degree in history from the University of Houston; served in the Korean War and stayed in the Army Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel; in Katy, March 10, 2017.

Hovis, Larry, 67; actor best known as Sgt. Carter on Hogan's Heros; lecturer in theater at Texas State University–San Macros since 1990; Sept. 9, 2003.

Howard, Merideth, 52; Corpus Christi native; oldest female soldier killed in action since military operations began in Iraq and Afghanistan; first female firefighter in Bryan; near Kabel, Sept. 8, 2006.

Howell, Deborah, 68; San Antonio native was one of the first women to lead a big U.S. newspaper at the St. Paul Pioneer Press; Jan. 1, 2010, while vacationing in New Zealand.

Hubenak, Joe, 64; member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1968 to 1979 and a leader in agricultural legislation; ran unsuccessfully for agricultural commissioner in 1978; in Richmond, Nov. 14, 2001.

Hultgreen, Kara S., 29; Navy’s first woman combat pilot, in a training accident off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 25, 1994; graduate of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio.

Humphrey, William, 73; Clarksville native wrote best-selling Home from the Hill and twelve other books; in Hudson, N.Y., Aug. 20, 1997.

Hunt, Lamar, 74; as owner of the Dallas Texans was one of the founders of the AFL, instrumental in the merger of AFL and NFL; coined term “Super Bowl”; youngest son of legendary oilman H.L. Hunt; in Dallas, Dec. 13, 2006.

Hunt, N. Bunker, 88; second son of oil wildcatter H.L. Hunt, grew up in Tyler and Dallas, in the 1960s-70s one of the world’s richest men, but lost much of his fortune after trying to corner the world’s silver market just before the price collapsed; in Dallas, Oct. 21, 2014.

Hunt, Tom, 85; former chairman of Hunt Petroleum and adviser to his uncle, famed wildcatter H.L. Hunt; in Dallas, Nov. 11, 2008.

Hunter, John Thurman Jr. “Long John”, 84; blues guitarist known for his onstage showmanship; worked in Beaumont as a young man, relocated to El Paso where he played the Lobby Bar in Juarez in the 1960s; also a singer-songwriter known for “El Paso Rock” and “Alligators Around My Door”; in Phoenix, Jan. 4, 2016.

Hurd, John Gavin, 87; Republican leader, was president of the Texas independent oilmen’s association and former U.S. ambassador to South Africa; in San Antonio, Sept. 6, 2001.

Hutchison, Ray, 81; attorney instrumental in creation of DFW Airport, GOP state chairman, legislator, gubernatorial candidate, Dallas native graduated from SMU, husband of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; March 30. 2014.

Hyatt, Walter, 47; country songwriter whose Uncle Walt’s Band influenced many musicians in Austin’s 1970s cosmic cowboy era; in an airliner crash, May 11, 1996.

Hyer, Martha, 89; Fort Worth native, Arlington Heights graduate, received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the 1958 film Some Came Running opposite Frank Sinatra; in Santa Fe, May 31, 2014.

 

 

 

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