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Taniguchi, Alan, 75; dean of the School or Architecture at the University of Texas from 1967 to 1972 when he left to head the architecture school at Rice University until 1978; in Austin, Jan. 14, 1998.

Tate, Buddy, 87; Sherman native was saxophonist with the Count Basie band in the 1940s; in Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2001.

Taylor, Dallas, 66; drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as John Sebastian, grew up in San Antonio, overcame drug addiction to become counselor for other addicts; in Los Angeles, Jan. 18, 2015.

Taylor, Johnnie, 62; soul singer made his first rhythm-and-blues hit in 1968 with “Who’s Making Love,” in 1976 hit top of charts with “Disco Lady”; in Dallas, May 31, 2000.

Taylor, J. W. “Bill,” 90; starting in 1939, Anson native helped build Taylor Publishing into one of the nation’s largest sellers of school yearbooks; in Dallas, June 10, 2002.

Tejeda, Frank, 51; Democratic member of Congress for South Texas, decorated Marine veteran, served 16 years in Legislature; in San Antonio, of cancer, Jan. 30, 1997.

Telles, Raymond L., 97; first Mexican-American elected mayor of El Paso 1957-61, adviser to President Kennedy, served as ambassador to Costa Rica;  March 8, 2013.

Temple, Arthur Jr., 86; businessman who turned his grandfather’s sawmill firm into the Temple-Inland Inc. wood products empire; in Lufkin, April 12, 2006.

Temple, Arthur III “Buddy,” 73; part of a dynasty of East Texas lumbermen, served in Legislature 1973-81 where he worked for nature conservation, ran for governor in 1982; in Lufkin, April 14, 2015.

Templeton, Arleigh B., 90; headed three universities, Sam Houston State, UT–El Paso, and was first president of UT–San Antonio 1970 to 1972; in San Antonio, Oct. 28, 2006.

Tenayuca, Emma, 82; labor organizer, human rights activist and educator; in San Antonio, July 23, 1999.

Thomas, E. Donnall, 92; won 1990 Nobel Prize for discovering that transplanting bone marrow could save cancer patients, Mart native and UT-Austin grad; in Seattle, Oct. 20, 2012.

Thomas, James B., 82; Galveston minister, city council member and NAACP president instrumental in bringing lawsuit to desegregate Galveston schools; March 16, 2007.

Thomas, Lera, 92; first Texas woman elected to Congress in 1966, to fill out the term of her husband Albert Thomas; in Nacogdoches, July 24, 1993.

Thomason, William, 85; longtime rancher, entrepreneur and attorney; on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in World War II; in Bryan, June 20, 1999.

Thompson, Garfield, 89; black leader who organized his fellow maintenance workers at the Tarrant County Courthouse and later was elected to the Legislature 1984 to 1994; in Fort Worth, Dec. 7, 2005.

singer Hank Thompson
Hank Thompson.

Thompson, Hank, 82; Waco native, country music Hall of Famer who with his Brazos Valley Boys blended honky-tonk and Western swing in hits including “The Wild Side of Life” and “Six Pack to Go;” in Keller, Nov. 6, 2007.

Thompson, John P., 77; Dallas philanthropist and civic leader who for decades held top positions at the Southland Corp., now 7-Eleven Inc.; former chairman of the chancellor’s council at the University of Texas; in Dallas, Jan. 28, 2003.

Thornberry, Homer, 86; Democratic congressman from Austin from 1948 to 1963; federal judge from 1963 until his death; in Austin, Dec. 12, 1995.

Thornton, E. H. Jr., 95; legislator, chairman of the State Highway Commission, a director of the Texas Turnpike Authority and a member of the Texas Battleship Commission; in Houston, July 10, 2005.

Tichenor, McHenry, 98; built a radio empire of all-Spanish radio to the United States and spread Tejano music; in La Feria, Oct. 24, 1996.

Tijerina, Pete, 80; Laredo native and attorney who created the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1968, a national civil-rights organization; in San Antonio, May 14, 2003.

Tijerina, Reies Lopez, 88; Chicano movement leader born to migrant farmworkers in Falls City, formed a group in 1963 to reclaim Spanish and Mexican land grants for Latinos; led a group that occupied a courthouse in northern New Mexico in 1967; in El Paso, Jan. 19, 2015.

Tillman, Floyd, 88; raised in Post, began playing guitar with Adolph Hofner; went on to write crossover county-to-pop hits such as " Slipping Around" and "It Makes No Difference Now"; at his Houston area home, Aug. 22, 2003.

Tillman, Harrel Gordon Sr., 73; an actor on stage and in movies in the 1940s; appointed Houston’s first black municipal court judge in 1964; in Houston, June 19, 1998.

Tinsley, Jack, 69; guided the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to two Pulitzer Prizes as executive editor, retiring in 2000; started as reporter there in 1959; in Fort Worth, Oct. 12, 2004.

Tobian, Milton I., 77; founded Common Cause of Texas; fought for open public records, in Dallas, March 1, 2000.

Tobin, Robert Lynn Batts, 66; nationally prominent patron of the arts and renowned art collector; in San Antonio, April 26, 2000.

Tobolowsky, Hermine Dalkowitz, 74; Dallas lawyer widely regarded as the mother of the Texas Equal Rights Amendment; in Dallas, July 25, 1995.

Tolar, Charlie, 65; running back for the AFL Houston Oilers, because of his height (5 ft.-6 in.) known as the “Human Bowling Ball”; in Houston, April 28, 2003.

Topfer, Angela, 55; Austin civic leader, wife of Dell Computer executive, benefactor gave millions of dollars to social causes; complications from cancer, in Austin, June 3, 2003.

Toomey, Anna, 99; retired staff artist for The Dallas Morning News who drew in 1941 the first county maps used in the Texas Almanac; in Dallas, Feb. 11, 1998.

Trejo, Frank, 95; Elmendorf native known as dean of Hispanic journalists in Texas; wrote “Frank Talk” and “Around the Plaza” columns in the San Antonio Light; in San Antonio, Sept. 29, 2002.

Trigg, Charles, 93, and Mary Katherine “Kitty,” 87; benefactors of Southern Methodist University including $10 million in 1985; in San Angelo, he on Dec. 30, 1996, she on Aug. 2, 1997.

Truan, Carlos, 76; served 34 years in the Legislature, championed bilingual education, pursued strict ethics reforms, a member of the “Dirty Thirty”; in Corpus Christi, April 10, 2012.

True, S.M., 88; prominent West Texas farmer who headed the Texas Farm Bureau in the 1980s and 90s; in a tractor accident on his South Plains farm near Plainview, May 15, 2012.

Truhill, Jerri Sloan, 85; test pilot was one of the Mercury 13, a shadow group of women, privately financed, who in the 1960s went through astronaut testing to see if they had the “right stuff,” received media attention when Clare Boothe Luce criticized NASA in a Life article for excluding women while the Soviets had already sent women into space; in Irving, Nov. 18, 2013.

Tschoepe, Thomas A., 93; Pilot Point farm boy who spent 24 years living simply as Catholic bishop, first in San Angelo 1966 to 1969, then in Dallas retiring in 1990; criticized for transferring to new positions priests accused of sexual molestation; in Dallas, Jan. 24, 2009.

Tweedy, Malcolm, 83; a catalyst beginning in the 1950s for creation of the Fort Davis National Historic Site; in Fort Davis, May 12, 2006.

Tucker, Karla Faye, 38; her execution for the pickax slayings of two persons became an international news event; in Huntsville, Feb. 3, 1998.

Tunnell, Byron, 74; former Texas House speaker and railroad commissioner; in Tyler, March 7, 2000.

Tunnell, Curtis, 67; first official archaeologist of state 1965 to 1981; in Austin, April 13, 2001.

Tupa, Julius Victor; 71; editor of the Texas Polka News, director of the Texas Polka Music Assoc., called Houston’s polka king; in Houston, Oct. 5, 2002.

Turner, Tom E. Sr., 87; Fort Worth native founded Sigmor chain of gasoline/convenience stores; in Houston, Jan. 24, 2001.

Tyrrell, Susan, 67; actress in some 75 movies and TV shows including as Oma in John Huston’s 1971 Fat City, for which she received an Oscar nomination; in Austin, June 12, 2012.


 

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