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Quinn, J. M. “Mike” Jr., 76; newsman for The Dallas Morning News in Washington when Lyndon Johnson became president; went on to teach journalism at the University of Texas at Austin for 37 years; in Katy, Jan. 22, 2006.


Ragsdale, Charlotte, 57; longtime Dallas civil rights activist and local Democratic political figure; in Dallas, April 7, 2007, from cancer.

Ragsdale, Paul, 66; one of Dallas’ first black legislators, serving until 1986, co-founder in 1973 of Texas Legislative Black Caucus, championed civil rights; in Jacksonville, Aug. 14, 2011.

Railey, Peggy, 63; ex-wife of Dallas pastor Walker Railey who was acquitted after being charged with her 1987 shooting, she never recovered, remaining in a vegetative state; in Tyler, Dec. 26. 2011.

Raillard, Raymond, 85; helped found the outdoor drama Texas staged each year in Palo Duro Canyon; in Canyon, Jan. 1, 2002.

Ramirez, Mario, 91; physician founded his family practice in his hometown of Roma in 1950; became advocate for health care in the Rio Grande Valley; served on the University of Texas Board of Regents from 1989 to 1995 and was vice president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1995 to 2007; also served as county judge of Starr County; in McAllen, May 22, 2017.

Ramsey, Buck, 59; one-time cowboy who became nationally acclaimed poet and musician; in Amarillo, Jan. 3, 1998.

Rangel, Irma, 71; Kingsville Democrat was first Hispanic woman elected to the Legislature where she served for 26 years; advocate of higher education; in Austin, March 18, 2003.

Rao, Raja, 97; award-winning author who wrote Kanthapura in 1938, considered the first major Indian novel written in English; in Austin, where he was UT emeritus professor of philosophy, July 8, 2006.

Rapoport, Audre, 92; philanthropist who with her late husband Bernard established in 1987 the Rapoport Foundation which gave millions of dollars for education, health care and social justice causes; raised in Waco, met her husband at the University of Texas at Austin; in Waco, April 4, 2016.

Rapoport, Bernard, 94; Waco businessman who was the important financial patron for Texas Democratic politics for decades, including helping to found the Texas Observer; in Waco, April 5, 2012.

Ratliff, David W., 82; a West Texas legislator for more than 21 years; in Stamford, March 21, 1995.

Rauschenberg, Robert, 82; Port Arthur native, attended UT-Austin, renowned and prolific artist who crossed boundaries to also sculpt, choreograph, perform; in Florida, May 12, 2008.

Ravago, Miguel, 72; co-founder in 1975 and chef of Fonda San Miguel, Austin’s first Mexican restaurant offering cuisine from interior Mexico; its regular customers included the families of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush; Ravago co-authored two books, including one with his co-founder Tom Gilliland; June 24, 2017.

Rector, John A. Jr., 86; rose from advertising salesman to publisher (1985 to 1986) of The Dallas Morning News in nearly 40 years of service; in Dallas, July 13, 2006.

Redman, Dewey, 75; jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader born to schoolteachers in Fort Worth; attended Prairie View A&M; taught school in Bastrop; Sept. 2, 2006.

Reeves, Connie, 101, Eagle Pass native, cowgirl who taught more than 30,000 girls to ride horses at Camp Waldemar near Hunt; retired at 80 but continued to teach at the camp; in San Antonio, Aug. 17, 2003, two weeks after a fall from her horse.

Reid, Frances, 95; Wichita Falls native who played family matriarch Alice Horton on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for more than 40 years; in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb 3, 2010.

Reisch, Roger E., 89; national park ranger known as “Mr. Guadalupe Mountains”, first employee there beginning in 1964, years before the national park was opened to the public in 1972, served until retiring in 1998; in Edmond, Okla., Feb. 12, 2013.

Reynolds, Debbie, 84; El Paso native known as the wholesome actress of 1950s and 1960s films like Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown; her family moved to California in 1939 but she returned to her hometown occasionally where extended family remained; in Los Angeles, Dec. 28, 2016, a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

Reynolds, Herbert, 77; president of Baylor University from 1981 to 1995 where he led charter change to a governing board more independent of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; in Angel Fire, N. M., May 25, 2007.

Rhodes, Mary, 49; registered nurse who served three terms as Corpus Christi mayor; of cancer in Corpus Christi, June 4, 1997.

Rhodes, Robert, 69; retired executive editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and former president of the Associated Press Managing Editors; in Corpus Christi, Dec. 30, 1996.

Gov. Ann Richards
Ann Richards.

Richards, Ann, 73; Waco area native was elected Democratic governor in 1990; known for her wit as well as her political savvy in the state and nationally; in Austin, Sept. 13, 2006.

Richardson, George L. “Skeet”, 66; state legislator, Tarrant County commissioner and mayor of Keller; advocate of UT-Arlington as four-year school; in Dallas, July 28, 1996.

Richardson, Thelma Page, 85; retired teacher whose lawsuit in the 1940s forced Dallas schools to use equal pay scale for black and white teachers; in La Mirada, Calif., Sept. 14, 1996.

Richter, Walter H., 86, Marble Falls native served in the Texas Senate from 1963 to 1965 and on several state boards; in Austin, Sept. 8, 2003.

Riddle, Charles, 60; operated Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse from 1989; named one of four greatest pitmasters in America by Parade magazine in 1995; in Irving, Dec. 30,1996.

Riddle, Ned, 81; former Dallas Morning News artist who drew the syndicated cartoon Mr. Tweedy; in Dallas, Oct. 13, 2003.

Riggs, Leonard, 95; came to Longview in 1936 to design the Lacy Gardens, brought first azaleas into the area; named to the newly-credited Landscape Architects Board by Gov. Preston Smith in 1969; in Longview, Feb. 21, 2001.

Riley, John E. “Jack”, 78; served 33 years with NASA, broadcast voice of the Apollo program, providing commentary for the first moon walk; in La Porte, April 17, 2003.

Roach, Joe, 49; Houston Republican was prosecutor, three-term city council member and advocate for people with disabilities; a dwarf, he died of an undisclosed illiness in Houston, April 18, 2011.

Roach, Walter, 82; devoted 39 years to Texas Christian University as football player, coach and director of the placement office; in Fort Worth, Sept. 25, 1996.

Roberts, Hisako Tsuchiyama, 104; co-founder with her husband of the renowned Salt Lick in Driftwood; met Thurman Roberts in her native Hawaii during World War II and together they opened the barbecue restaurant in 1967; she held a master’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles; in Austin, Jan. 18, 2018.

Robertson, J. M. “Tex”, 98; UT-Austin’s first swim coach beginning in 1936, Sweetwater native founded Camp Longhorn in 1939 where thousands of youngsters learned to swim; in Burnet, Aug. 27, 2007.

Robinson, Frank, 83; Beaumont native became the first African-American manager in major league baseball in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians; raised in California, he was known as a slugger when he played for 21 seasons mostly for the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles; the only player to win the MVP title in both leagues; at his Los Angeles home, Feb. 7, 2019.

Roddy, Rod, 66; Fort Worth native who was the voice of television's The Price is Right, where he invited contestants to “Come on down!”; worked in radio in Dallas-Fort Worth before going to Hollywood; Oct. 27, 2003.

Rodriguez, Sylvan, 52; broadcast news veteran of 23 years in his native San Antonio and later in Houston; shared battle with cancer with his viewers; in Houston, April 7, 2000.

Roegelein, William Jr., 82; San Antonio businessman who lead the family processed-meat business, founded in 1905, which became one of the largest in the state; Jan. 24, 2004.

Rogers, Julie, 83; Beaumont philanthropist who supported causes ranging from the arts to medicine; in Beaumont, Feb. 12, 1998.

Rogers, Lorene, 94; Prosper native, biochemist who was first woman to head a major research university when she became president of the University of Texas in 1975; in Dallas, Jan. 11, 2009.

Rogers, N. J. “Nate”, 87; optometrist who in the 1930s co-founded Texas State Optical in Beaumont along with three brothers; served on the Texas Optometry Board; Dec. 11, 2003.

Rogers, Ralph, 87; Dallas businessman instrumental in creating the Public Broadcasting System and reviving Parkland hospital and the Dallas Symphony; in Dallas, Nov. 4, 1997.

Rogers, Sol J., 87; Houston-area philanthropist who in 1937 co-founded Texas State Optical in Beaumont, firm spread into Louisiana and New Mexico; in Houston, Jan. 18, 2002.

Rogers, Walter E., 92; Democrat represented the Panhandle in Congress from 1951 to 1966; in Naples, Fla., May 31, 2001.

Rolark, Calvin, 67; founder of the United Black Fund of America, native of Texarkana; in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 1994.

Rosenthal, E. M. “Manny”, 79; philanthropist who built his fortune from the family-owned Standard Meat Co.; became an art patron who gained prominence in the national Jewish community; in Fort Worth, July 25, 2001.

Rostow, Elspeth, 90; dean of LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin from 1977 to 1983, began teaching at UT in 1969, appointed to national advisory panels by President Reagan; in Austin, Dec. 9, 2007.

Rostow, Walt, 86; economist, University of Texas professor for 33 years and adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson; was an advocate of military intervention in Vietnam; in Austin, Feb. 13, 2003.

athlete Kyle Rote  
Kyle Rote.

Rote, Kyle, 73; San Antonio high school athlete, former SMU All-American and NFL star of the 1950s, playing with the New York Giants; sports broadcaster in the 1960s and 1970s; in Baltimore, Aug. 15, 2002.

Royal, Darrell, 88; the legendary football coach of the UT Longhorns, led them to three national championships from 1957-1976; in Austin, Nov. 7, 2012.

Ruby, Lloyd, 81; Indianapolis 500, Daytona and Sebring racing veteran 1960 to 1977; in Wichita Falls, March 23, 2009.

Rudder, Margaret, 87; called the First Lady of Texas A&M; Sonora native was wife of the university's best-known president, Gen. James Earl Rudder, who served from 1959 to 1970; in Bryan, March 3, 2004.

Ruiz, Daniel E., 53; prominent in East Austin grassroots coalition formed in 1970s; of a heart attack, in Austin, March 25, 2000.

Ruiz, David, 63; convict whose 1972 lawsuit led to sweeping changes in the Texas prison system; in a prison hospital in Galveston, Nov. 15, 2005.

Runyon, Marvin, 79; raised in Dallas; U.S. postmaster general 1992 to 1998; chairman of TVA under President Reagan; executive for Ford Motors and Nissan; May 3, 2004.

Rush, E. F. “Frank”, 89; beginning in 1971, developed Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton, which became a regional institution known to band students in five states for its competitions; Jan. 5, 2005.

Rubottom, R. Richard, 98; diplomant who helped shape U.S. policy to Cuba and Latin America in the late 1950s, SMU professor; in Austin, Dec. 6, 2010.

Rutherford, J. T. “Slick”, 85; Democratic congressman from 1954 to 1962 from a district that spanned West Texas from Midland to El Paso; one of few from Texas to vote for the 1960 civil rights bill; in Arlington, Va., Nov. 6, 2006.

Ryburn, Frank, 80; directed trust which funded Nobel-winning research on cholesterol at UT Medical Center in Dallas; in Dallas, June 5, 1994.