Class of '42
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Irene Denman Cowart Brackeen
Irene, a longtime Albuquerque community member and business woman, passed away quietly in her sleep at the Manor Care Nursing home in Albuquerque on Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 1:30 a.m. Irene founded and operated Zia Abstract and Title Company with her late husband, Harold Brackeen for over forty years before retiring in 2000. Irene was born in Dallas, TX at Baylor Hospital on September 17, 1925 and graduated from North Dallas High School in 1942.
Keeler, Fred R.
P.O. Box 871
Fred is Kimberly Warren's father. He lives in Clearwater, Florida. He played football at NDHS and joined the Navy after graduating.
McCarver, William F.
4/11/2001 - After NDHS, William went to the University of Texas, where he received a BBA and afterward worked as a mortgage banker. Fred has large family. At NDHS, his biggest influences were Elizabeth Dice, Nancy Bliss, and Hunter Gilmore
McMordie, William J.
9C Mansion Woods Drive
05/16/01 - William and his wife Carolyn have 1 Son, John William; 3 granddaughters, oldest soph @ RPI, others in elementary & middle schools. William received an AIB from UT, Mercer U, SMU/BSinJo ('48). He also attended the USN Supply Corps School, the QM Subsistence School, Navy Transportation Schoolbank squig @ 16 & 1yr after NDHS. He drove taxi while @ SMU on GI Bill. Then he disbursed pay to crew of CVE. He was a Supply Officer of DMS that left San Diego for Pusan 6/30/50. At Subbase New London, William fed & clothed base sailors for 2 years; #3 in CHB3 mobile unit deployed to GTMO in July, Newfoundland in January. Shipping/War Plans Division Officer at NSC. Stores officer, at 19 until 6/30/60 discharge from USN. Agent for CMLI until beginning a 25-YEAR career as technical writer for Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies Corp. He has been trying since retiring 2/28/87 to catch up on reading for pleasure after 25 years of daily eye fatigue. He hopes he can live long enough. As far as influence at NDHS, he says that all the teachers were just great. He is still grateful, oftn, for the teachers experience and advanced studies that enable them to do so well by us. He says that if he had to do it again, he wouldn't change anything.
|Sanders, Harold Barefoot Jr.||
12/8/2008 (From Noel Garland)
Legendary Dallas federal judge Barefoot Sanders dies at 83
11:54 PM CDT on Sunday, September 21, 2008
Legendary U.S. District Judge Harold Barefoot Sanders Jr., who oversaw the desegregation of Dallas schools, directed the overhaul of state schools for mentally retarded people and served as a legislative counsel to President Lyndon Johnson, died Sunday at his Dallas home after battling an infection. He was 83.
Presidents confided in him, federal judges leaned on his wisdom, and family members remembered a man with an unflinching sense of justice.
"He was truly larger than life," U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle said Sunday. "From the core, he symbolized civil rights. He knew that fairness took backbone, and that's why he was able to make history."
Judge Barefoot Sanders honored in 2006
September 21st, 2008
As an assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice, he was credited with helping pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As a Texas legislator, he helped write the Texas Mental Health Code. And as a federal judge, he declared Dallas' segregated schools illegal.
"He was a wonderful man and a great judge," said Ed Cloutman, plaintiffs' attorney in the case that changed the racial makeup of the city's schools. "And he had an ability to do things that were very difficult, when the law supported them. He will be missed."
Judge Sanders, who retired in 2006, was revered for his intellect and compassion.
"Barefoot was such a special person because he was comfortable with the powerful but cared about everyone," said Sidney A. Fitzwater, chief district judge in the Northern District of Texas. "On his way to his chambers to issue an important ruling, he would stop and ask the court security officer – whom he knew by name – about his mother's surgery.
"Barefoot will be sorely missed, and the void he has left will not soon be filled."
President John F. Kennedy appointed Judge Sanders as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas in 1961. President Jimmy Carter elevated him to the federal bench in 1979.
Judge Sanders graduated from North Dallas High School in 1942 and went on to serve as a lieutenant in the US. Naval Reserve until 1946. He received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1950 and served three terms in the Texas Legislature. He married Jan Scurlock, who survives him, in 1952.
He is best known for overseeing a desegregation plan for the Dallas Independent School District from the 1980s until 2003.
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said Judge Sanders changed Dallas for the better and forever.
"I don't mean he was an activist in the sense that he did something he shouldn't have done," said Mr. Kirk. "He enforced the law. He made the city of Dallas stand up to the promise of America – education for all of its children and all of its people. I don't know that you can ask a judge to do any more than that."
Dallas lawyer Adelfa Callejo said Judge Sanders' courage showed through in his rulings.
"Judge Barefoot Sanders is one of the judicial intellectual giants. His commitment to justice for the disenfranchised was always unwavering," she said. "His life made a tremendous difference in our community."
Harold Barefoot Sanders III, a Los Angeles musician, said his father embodied toughness and resolve, even though he didn't fit the physical profile.
He remembered accompanying his dad out to the family farm north of Dallas to clear fences.
"There was my dad working hard and all bloody from the barbed wire," he said. "As a kid you look at your dad and it just seemed like he felt no pain."
He said his father was equally tough when it came to enforcing rules.
"We had a certain degree of freedom, but there was always accountability to the family and to yourself," he said "He was always there to check on that. He was the rock."
Even so, he said his dad could never be described as rigid.
Despite his interest in politics and passion for the law, Judge Sanders did not push his children toward the professions that defined his life.
"He was an incredible questioner and an incredible listener," his son said. "But Dad never cared whether you wanted to be a judge or a lawyer, he honestly didn't care. He only cared that we were happy and focused."
Even without the push, Judge Sanders' eldest daughter, Janet Lea Sanders, entered law and is now a Massachusetts Superior Court judge. She remembered growing up in Washington, D.C., when her father was a legislative counsel to President Johnson.
Once, on an anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, LBJ came over to the house for a bowl of Texas chili.
"My dad pulled me aside and said, 'He doesn't like children to talk too much,' " his daughter said. "I didn't say a word."
She remembered a dinner party with Vice President Hubert Humphrey Jr. and the frequent visits by members of the Texas congressional delegation, who would hold court in their back yard.
"It was really an amazing time," she said.
Judge Sanders once said that working on federal voting rights legislation in Washington was the highlight of his career but that he is proud of his role in ending institutional segregation in Dallas.
"I'm not going to say racism is completely removed from the public arena," the judge told The Dallas Morning News. "Dallas did well. We were very slow to get there, but we came along."
On Sunday, Judge Sanders' colleagues savored memories at the courthouse – the talk of family vacations, politics and kids sports.
Judge Boyle said her friend also had a stubbornly patriotic side. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, Judge Sanders refused to evacuate the Dallas federal courthouse.
"He said that leaving would be exactly what the terrorists would want us to do," she said. "He was so much a patriot and so much an American, and so committed to freedom and civil rights, he wasn't going to budge. So, we stayed there until about 5 o'clock that day."
Judge Sanders' passing will leave a jagged hole in the heart of the city's legal community, Judge Boyle said. She offered advice for her colleagues.
"If you close your eyes, and you knew him and you loved him, you'll be able to smell that cigar smoke," she said. "And it'll make you smile."
Funeral services are planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Northaven United Methodist Church.
Judge Sanders is also survived by daughters Martha Kay Crockett of Dallas and Mary Frances Korsan of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister, Martha Ann Schneider of Dallas; brother, Charles Addison Sanders of Durham, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.
Staff writers Diane Jennings, Joe Simnacher and Lori Stahl contributed to this report.
THE LIFE OF HAROLD BAREFOOT SANDERS, JR.
1925: Born in Dallas.
1936: Is named freckle champion of the State Fair of Texas.
1942: Graduates from North Dallas High School, where he is a champion debater.
1943-46: Serves during World War II in the Navy aboard a destroyer in the Pacific.
May 1948: Elected president of the University of Texas student body in a runoff election. He becomes known by his middle name, Barefoot, his grandmother's maiden name.
August 1949: Receives his bachelor's degree from UT.
Spring 1950: Receives law degree from UT and enters private practice in Dallas.
June 1952: Marries Jan Scurlock in Dallas.
August 1952: Elected to his first of three terms in the Texas House.
June 1955: Shepherds legislation into law that will create the Trinity River Authority.
1960: Serves as Dallas County campaign manager for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket.
1961: Nominated by President Kennedy as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas. He gets the position.
November 1963: Lyndon Johnson calls Mr. Sanders from Air Force One, ordering him to find Judge Sarah Hughes to swear him in to office following the assassination of President Kennedy. Mr. Sanders and his wife were to dine with President Kennedy that evening in Austin.
February 1965: Becomes U.S. assistant deputy attorney general. He is instrumental in helping to pass the Voting Rights Act.
May 1967: Begins service as LBJ's legislative counsel.
1969: Returns to private practice in Dallas.
October 1970: Sam Tasby sues DISD because his children are forced to attend black schools that are farther from his neighborhood than white schools.
1971: U.S. District Judge William Taylor declares "a dual system still exists" and orders DISD leaders to come up with desegregation plan.
November 1972: Mr. Sanders loses a bid for the Senate to Republican John Tower.
July 1975: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects the DISD plan and orders a new one implemented.
1979: President Jimmy Carter appoints Mr. Sanders to the federal bench.
1981: Judge Taylor removes himself from the DISD case, which is assigned to Judge Sanders.
1985: Judge Sanders begins overseeing creation of local learning centers, bond initiatives and new magnet schools.
June 2003: He ends the 33-year-old DISD desegregation case, determining that the remnants of past discrimination have been eliminated.
2006: Retires from the federal bench.
Sunday: Dies at his Dallas home.
|(Slocum) Austin, Ida Leone||
113 Forest Oaks Lane
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
8/12/2007 - Ida Leone (Slocum) Austin, age 81, was
called home by her Lord on April 23, 2007. She was born May 9, 1925, in
Houston, Tx., to Joseph Hoyt and Nora Mae (Dollie) Slocum. When she was
six weeks old, Leone moved to Dallas, Tx., taking her parents with her.
She was raised in Dallas, attended Rosemont and Stephen J. Hay
Elementary Schools, and graduated from North Dallas High School in 1942.
Leone attended college at N.T.A.C. in Arlington, Tx.--a branch of A&M.
She majored in Journalism and was Girls' Sports Editor for "The
Shorthorn." In 1945, she married George Howard Austin. They were married
for 52 years, until his death in 1997. In 1954, they moved to Rockport,
Tx., then on to Corpus Christi where they resided until 1963, when they
moved to Lake Jackson. They were members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church
in Corpus Christi and transferred to Christ Lutheran Church in Lake
Jackson. Leone was preceded in death by her parents,; her husband,
George,; a sister, Dollie Griffin; and a beloved nephew, William (Bill)
Slocum. She is survived by her three children: Joseph Robert (Bob)
Austin of Sargent, Tx.; Janeil McCrury and husband, James, of Cedar
Park, Tx.; Carole Jones and husband, Darrell, of West Columbia, Tx.; her
sister, Joanne Jenkins and husband, Bob, of Fort Worth; her brother,
Joseph Slocum, of Cedar Park, Tx.; brother-in-law, Dr. Carl Griffin, of
Corpus Christi, Tx.; grandchildren John and Robyn Austin, Kayla,
Chandler, and Mason McCrury, and Jonathan Jones. She is also survived by
several very special nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren were the
delight and loves of her life. She relished every minute she spent with
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