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JACK POPE JR.
Pope, 103, of Austin, died February 25, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1937. Pope practiced law in Corpus Christi with his uncle Elmer Pope before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was judge of the 94th District Court in Corpus Christi from 1946 to 1951; a justice on the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio from 1951 to 1964; and a justice on the Texas Supreme Court from 1965 to 1985, having served as chief justice from 1982 until his retirement. During his career, Pope advocated for nonpartisan judicial elections and helped establish the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts program to pay for civil legal help for the poor to promote equal access to justice. He was named an Outstanding Alumnus at Abilene Christian University in 1964 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1988 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2010. Pope is remembered for his expertise and impact on water law in the state, his appetite for writing and studying history, and his love of the outdoors. He is survived by his sons, Andrew Jackson Pope III and Walter Allen Pope; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
JOE D. FLOYD
Floyd, 83, of Dallas, died December 23, 2016. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three and a half years and for 10 years in the reserves, having reached the rank of captain. Floyd received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. He practiced law in the city of Dallas for nearly 40 years before his retirement. Floyd is remembered for his love of traveling, visiting 52 countries throughout his lifetime; and rebuilding and flying all types of aircraft, especially vintage. He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Luz-Angela; and his sister, attorney Sue Floyd Reid.
ELBERT HOOPER JR.
Hooper, 86, of Austin, died December 17, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. Hooper then served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 and in the reserves from 1955 to 1965. He was an assistant district attorney in Bexar County from 1955 to 1959; chief examiner for the Texas Water Commission and legal counsel to the Texas Water Quality Board and Texas Air Control Board from 1959 to 1962; he opened and ran a private practice from 1962 to 1990; was a partner in Hutcheson & Grundy; and of counsel to Winstead Sechrest & Minick, now Winstead. A past chair of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Hooper helped draft state legislation regarding clean water, clean air, and solid waste disposal and published and lectured widely about environmental law issues. He was a leader at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and served as president of the Capital Chapter of the Naval Reserve Association and the Rotary Club of Austin. Hooper is remembered for enjoying spending time with his family and many friends, fishing and hiking during the summer in Colorado, and playing with his dog, Pancho. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie Benton Hooper; daughters, Lee Hensarling, Diane Conine, and Carolyn Lane; and seven grandchildren.
MELVYN CARSON BRUDER
Bruder, 75, of Dallas, died December 18, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Bruder clerked for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals before going into private appellate practice in 1969 for 50 years. He argued cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 and 1980 against Texas’ death penalty system, one of which inspired the 1988 movie, The Thin Blue Line, and represented controversial oil millionaire Rex Cauble, leader of the Cowboy Mafia, in his appeals in the early 1980s. A beloved member of the Outlaw Grillers barbecue team, Bruder is remembered for enjoying good wine and farming. He is survived by his wife, Karen Gale Bruder; daughter, Aimee Hatfield; stepmother, Betty Bruder; stepbrother, Gary; stepsisters, Linda and Bonnie; and four grandchildren.
A. DAVID CARLSON
Carlson, 61, of Tampa, Florida, died February 1, 2017. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law, was a member of the Colorado and Florida bars, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. During his legal career, Carlson was an assistant district attorney in Harris County and a partner in Boswell & Hallmark; Marshall, Gonzalez & Carlson; Carlson & Smith; Carlson, Smith & Rymer; and Ebanks, Smith & Carlson. He was a member of the Houston Bar Association, National District Attorneys Association, and the Association of Attorney-Mediators. Carlson is remembered for his wit, smile, and friendship. He is survived by his stepmother, America M. Carlson; stepbrother, John C. Carlson; and stepsister, Mary K. Carlson.
JAMES “JIM” EVERARD BYRNE JR.
Byrne, 68, of Richardson, died January 25, 2017. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Byrne was a self-described country lawyer and solo practitioner who focused on the “counselor” aspect of being an “attorney and counselor at law.” Byrne was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and a lifelong usher for Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church. He is remembered for being an avid reader of Westerns and Texas and American history, a loyal and sometimes disgruntled Texas Tech Red Raiders fan, and for his love for his family and friends. Byrne is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, James III and attorney Brandon; brothers, Mike and Richard; sister, Barbara; and five grandchildren.
CLINTON F. MORSE
Morse, 96, of Houston, died October 3, 2016. He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having served as a naval officer in the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. Morse received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. He spent his career at Andrews Kurth, now Andrews Kurth Kenyon, where he was elected partner in 1956 and served as the firm’s administrative partner from 1971 until his retirement in 1986. The firm provided funds to establish the Clinton F. Morse Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law at the University of Texas School of Law in his honor in 1990. Morse was a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Southeast Texas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Taping for the Blind, among many other organizations. He is remembered for rooting for Rice University and the Houston sports teams, the Buffs, .45s, and Astros; going on adventures with his family; and for being a kind and cheerful gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor. Morse is survived by his son, Clinton; daughters, Allison and Sara; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
JOHN PETER HOLMES
Holmes, 68, of Flower Mound, died November 13, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, was a member of the Wisconsin and California bars, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986. Holmes spent his career as a well-respected tax attorney, certified public accountant, and college professor who was committed to inspiring students to strive to be their best. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughters, Erika Schmitz and Heather; brother, Jeffrey; sisters, Barbara Steuber and Karen Schlidt; and two grandsons.
CHRISTOPHER W. MIMS
Mims, 63, of Dallas, died June 29, 2015. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Mims spent his career as an attorney specializing in estates, trusts, wills, and guardianship. He dedicated much of his time to serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled community through the Arc of Texas and other groups. Mims is remembered for his integrity, perseverance, and for being an attorney’s attorney. He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Michael; daughters, Deborah, Andrea, and Amy; father, Samuel; mother, Peggy; brother, Michael; and sister, Lisabeth.
JOHN A. DANIELS
Daniels, 92, of San Antonio, died November 27, 2015. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Daniels was in private practice in San Antonio with fellow lawyers who became lifelong friends and his son, Timothy, who was his law partner for over 20 years. During his career, he represented the San Antonio World’s Fair, banks, educational institutions, public housing authorities, and individuals. Daniels served on the San Antonio City Council and as chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party. He is remembered for his enjoyment of running, having competed in many races over the years, and for being a passionate Democrat. Daniels is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eileen; sons, Michael, Brian, attorney Timothy, and Tom; seven grandchildren, including one attorney; and six great-grandchildren.
BARNETT M. GOODSTEIN
Goodstein, 95, of Dallas, died December 29, 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed in China, where he met his future wife, Mira Brodsky. Goodstein received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. He spent his career as an attorney with Goodstein, Erlanger & Starr in Dallas from 1960 to 2008 and was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Goodstein is survived by his daughters, Pamela Bryer, Heather Goodstein, and Robin Kessler; and seven grandchildren.
JOHN E. BRADSHAW
Bradshaw, 82, of Wichita Falls, died December 3, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and in the Army Reserve from 1958 to 1964, having been captain of the Army Corps of Engineers. Bradshaw received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He was a tax lawyer with Douthitt, Lindsey & Clayton from 1964 to 1966; a felony prosecutor in the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office from 1966 to 1968; a solo practitioner in Graham from 1969 to 1972; judge of the 90th Judicial District from 1972 to 1980; and a visiting judge from 1986 to 2006. Bradshaw was a credentialed mediator and was involved with ranching and the oil business throughout his life. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Elaine; and daughters, Holly Hinson, Carol Bradshaw, and Gail Kriegar.TBJ