Memorials • December 2023

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J. Saunders "Sandy" Freels

J. Saunders FreelsFreels, 80, of Denison, died July 19, 2023. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Freels was an assistant Grayson County attorney from 1969 to 1972; judge of Grayson County Court at Law No. 2 from 1978 to 1985; and in private practice from 1985 to 2016. He served on the 4th District Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, was a member of the Texas County Court at Law Judges Association, and was a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Freels is remembered as a devoted family man; an avid outdoorsman, happiest when fishing Yellowstone National Park with his two sons, pheasant hunting with friends in South Dakota, or deer hunting throughout Texas; and for being a man of integrity and honor. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Valerie Wood Freels; sons, Trey Freels and Andrew Freels; and six grandsons.

Rayburn P. Putney

Robert Neal Putney, 82, of Houston, died August 31, 2023. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Putney was in-house counsel to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Houston from 1970 to 1972, in-house counsel to Employer’s Insurance of Wausau in Houston from 1972 to 1973, and a solo practitioner with the Law Office of Ray Putney from 1976 to 2023. He was certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Putney is remembered for his integrity, honesty, cordiality, and candor with everyone; being a passionate advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves due to injuries; and being generous with his time, money, and humor. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margaret Hanna; daughters, attorney Kelly Rogers, Kara Roche, Kristin Paull, and Lori Koch; brothers, Brian and Richard Putney; and nine grandchildren.

Garland Paul Andrews

Garland Paul AndrewsAndrews, 84, of Eastland, died September 14, 2023. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Andrews served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1962. He was also a member of the Oklahoma Bar. Andrews was an associate patent attorney with the Phillips Petroleum Company from 1966 to 1967; a partner patent attorney with Richards, Medlock & Andrews from 1967 to 1998; and a partner in Sidley & Austin from 1998 to 2000. He was admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1966 and was a frequent speaker at the Southwestern Legal Foundation. Andrews is remembered for his love of hunting, gardening, and reading. He is survived by his wife, Betty Andrews; daughters, Susan Andrews Brundrett, Karen Andrews Edwards, and Sara Andrews Bender; and four grandchildren.

Ernest J. Altgelt

Ernest AltgeltAltgelt, 81, of Lakeway, died October 7, 2023. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Altgelt served in the U.S. Army in 1967, where he served the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, was a commissioned officer for four years, and was chief of the Legal Assistance Section. He was counsel to the Office of the Texas Attorney General, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and the Texas General Land Office; and an attorney in litigation private practice on Wall Street for 10 years and in oil and gas corporate practice in Houston for 16 years. Altgelt received a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in the Republic of Vietnam and Army Commendation medals for continued high-level service to his country; was certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; and was recognized by the State Bar of Texas for providing outstanding contributions to the delivery of free legal services to low- income Texans from 2002 to 2008 and again in 2010. He is remembered for his passionate opposition to racism, inequality, injustice, and corruption; championing a good education; and traveling to many countries with his sons to build homes for families in need. Altgelt is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ingrid; sons, Maury and James; and brother-in-law, Roger Campbell.

Joel Androphy

Anne GardnerAndrophy, 70, of Houston, died September 24, 2023. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Androphy was a law clerk for Chief Judge Norman W. Black, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; a partner in Berg & Androphy from 1983 to 2023; a long-time legal analyst on ABC13 Houston; and taught at South Texas College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. He was a director of the Houston Bar Association and State Bar of Texas; was chair of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program; and received many awards, including the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award, the Houston Bar Association President’s Award, and lifetime achievement awards from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Androphy is remembered for his hard- charging advocacy, willingness to try cases to a jury, and unyielding integrity. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sheryl; son, Daniel; daughter, Robyn; and four grandchildren.

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