Past Presidents

Gayle Jr

State Bar President, 1976-1977

Gibson Gayle, Jr., was born in Waco, Texas in 1926, the son of Gibson, Sr., and Elsie Little Gayle. In 1950 he received his A.B. degree and LL.B. degree cum laude from Baylor University. As a student, he was president of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Honor Council, editor of the Baylor Law Review, a law school quizmaster, and recipient of the Allen G. Flowers Scholarship. He was selected to "Who's Who In American Colleges & Universities" and ranked first scholastically in his law class. Gayle was admitted to the Bar in 1950 and scored the highest on that year's Bar exam.

Gayle entered the U.S. Army as a private in 1945 and attained the rank of second lieutenant by 194 7 when he went into the Army Reserve. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1950. Gayle married Martha Jane Wood in 1948 and has two sons and three daughters.

Gayle began his practice of the law in Houston in 1950 and is a partner with the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. He was president of the State Junior Bar in 1954-1955, a member of the State Bar Board of Directors in 1966-1969, and State Bar vice-president in 1974-1975 before becoming State Bar President in 1976-1977. Gayle has also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Bar Foundation and chairman of the A.B.A.'s Young Lawyers Section. He is a life member of the House of Delegates and a Fellow of the Texas and American Bar Foundations.

As State Bar President, Gayle helped to maintain a unified Bar free from legislative control of Bar funds. During this year the Bar acquired videotape and other Continuing Legal Education equipment to permit travelling legal institutes, and there was the virtual completion of work to form a reciprocal insurance exchange to write professional liability insurance for Texas lawyers. Gayle is a Christian Scientist and a Democrat. He is a trustee of the Baylor College of Medicine and from 1957-1976 was on the board of governors of the Harris County Center for the Retarded (the Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation).