Author Archive

Todd Calvin (’89)

Todd Calvin, PE, was recently elected as a shareholder for BGE, Inc. Todd joined BGE in 2018, and he is currently the director of Public Works in BGE’s Houston region. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Charles Lincoln Staub Jr. (’15)

Charles Lincoln Hussey Staub, Jr. – “Charlie”, “Chip” – died at the age of 33 on December 31, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Charlie was born at Yale/New Haven Hospital in Connecticut on March 14, 1987. During his childhood, he lived with his family in the Connecticut towns of Roxbury, New Preston, and Litchfield before later settling in Houston after college. Charlie graduated from the Taft School where he distinguished himself on the varsity rowing team. In college, Charlie attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, forging lifelong bonds with his fraternity brothers from SAE. From his parents and grandparents, he inherited a fascination with history and a profound respect for fairness and justice, culminating in the completion of his law degree from the University of Houston. He was an accomplished lawyer and most recently worked at the law firm of MacIntyre, McCullogh and Stanfield, LLP in Houston.
Charlie returned home often to celebrate holidays to the delight of his family and friends, who would raise aloft the symbolic flag of happiness whenever he made the trip back east. He was a scrabble master, marathon runner, sports enthusiast, and fantasy football aficionado. He was famous for his playful sense of humor and especially for practical jokes with his Mom. Into adulthood, he found great peace while rowing and running, discovering inner strength in the movement and language of his body. He was a strong swimmer, working many summers as a life guard, and was also a skilled snowboarder and skier.
Charlie was loved deeply by his family and wide circle of friends, some of whom he had known since childhood. Charlie was steadfastly devoted to his Golden Retriever, Dakota, whom he raised as a puppy during college and who remained his constant companion until the end.
Charlie was the best of men, loyal and true to all those he cherished. The radiance of his smile brought joy to all those around him – and the immediacy of his green eyes were windows into his generous and kind nature. Charlie is survived by his beloved mother and father, Dale DeSanto Staub and Dr. Charles Lincoln Hussey Staub, Sr. (Litchfield CT), his beloved sister Dale Alexandra Staub (d. Daniel Morosani – Litchfield CT), his beloved sister Jacqueline Reed Staub (Easthampton MA), his maternal grandmother Mabel DeSanto (Lake Grove NY), and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

O. Clayton Lilienstern (’68)

Oscar Clayton “Clay” Lilienstern of Bellaire, Texas passed away Monday, the 11th of January 2021, after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 77 years of age.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, colleague, and friend. He was born on the 13th of November 1943 to Oscar and Suzanne Lilienstern, of Houston. After graduating from Bellaire High School in 1961, Clay attended the University of Alabama, joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and graduated with a B.A. Political Science & History in 1965. He attended the University of Houston Law School, earning his J.D. in 1968, and served in the U.S. Army for four years, as Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his posting to the Pentagon, Clay also studied for and received his LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from George Washington University.
He began his civilian legal career with Andrews Kurth LLP in 1972, and he became a Partner with the firm in 1979. During his tenure with Andrews Kurth, Clay worked on many complex litigation cases, including the Howard Hughes estate case for which he would eventually appear before the United States Supreme Court. After helping lead Andrews Kurth for 25 years, Clay co-founded Hicks Thomas & Lilienstern LLP in 1997, which he helped build for four years before retiring from his legal career in 2001.
Clay was an enthusiastic and life-long student, as evinced by the other three advanced degrees he earned later in life: MBA from the University of Houston in 1992, MTS from Southern Methodist University in 2002, and MLS from Rice University in 2015. He was also a restless retiree, who never stopped working. Clay began a second career as an educator at Episcopal High School in Houston, where he served as a history and economics teacher and Assistant Head of School for six years combined. He then became Head of School for University School of Jackson in Jackson, TN from 2007 to 2013. After returning to Bellaire, Clay continued to serve, this time as a Member of the Harris County Appraisal Review Board for the past 5 years.
He believed in leadership and community service, and contributed his time and money to many organizations, including Annunciation Orthodox School, City of Bellaire Zoning & Planning Commission, Briar Club of Houston, and Nature Discovery Center. Clay was a man of great accomplishment, honor, ethics, and integrity, and he was above all a great provider and protector for his family.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Rebecca Lilienstern, son Robert Lilienstern, daughters Susan Mullen (Chuck Mullen), Kelli Lilienstern (Carl Hennagir), Melanie Henrikson (John Henrikson), and grandchildren Abigail Lilienstern, Patrick Mullen, Charles Mullen, Ann-Marie Mullen, Penelope Hennagir, and Cecelia Hennagir.

David Eric Rojas (’93)

David Eric Rojas, beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, and Astros superfan, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the age of 54. He was born on November 27, 1966 in Houston, TX to Isidoro Rojas and Annie Muñoz Rojas.
David graduated from MacArthur High school in 1985 and received a degree in Business from the University of Houston in 1993. He joined National Oilwell Varco in 2012 and worked as a Project Manager in the Corporate Compliance IT Division. He was a member of Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Affectionately known as “Downtown Dave,” David touched many lives with his heart of gold and warm smile. During the 2017 World Series run, he and a couple of buddies started the Big Hat Posse, a group of superfans with iconic big orange cowboy hats. Baseball was not his only love, he was a fan and proud supporter of the Houston Texans, the University of Houston Cougars, the XFL Roughnecks, and everything Houston.
Family and friends would agree that David is one of the nicest and most selfless people you could ever meet. He was humble, caring, honest, and respectful. David was a huge supporter of ‘Best Buddies Texas’ and helped raise $10,000 for the Htown Posse Team in December 2020, all while battling cancer and receiving chemotherapy.
In August of 2019, David Rojas was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which he fought bravely for more than a year. In December 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19, and despite the efforts of his heroic medical team, he lost his battle on January 8, 2021.
David is preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Felipa Rojas; grandparents Ignacio Roman Muñoz, Anita San-Miguel Muñoz, Miguel Rojas, and Cleofas Vasquez Rojas; niece Felicity Marie Ramirez; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Survivors include his parents Isidoro and Annie Rojas; siblings Roland Rojas, Henry and Norma Rojas, and Laura Rojas Ramirez; nieces and nephew Stephanie Ramirez, Hilary and Joshua Acuna, and Richard Ramirez; Godparents Delores and Jesse Varela; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jerrold R. Brock (’56)

Jerrold Ray Brock, age 90, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. He leaves his wife of 66 years, Bonita, three children and their spouses; Brad and Linda Brock, Lorin and Phil Spotts, Todd and Diana Brock, 14 grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren, with their 25th on the way!
He is preceded in death by his parents: Olen Chester Brock and Willie Clarice Brock, his four brothers: Freeman Gwendol Brock, Kenneth Darwin Brock, Archer Lindsey Brock, Gene Yvondel Brock and one great granddaughter: Keaton Brooke Bourquein.
Jerrold, otherwise known as “Jerry, Dad, and Grandpops” was born in Vernon, Texas on October 10, 1930. In the summer of 1941 at the age of 11, Jerry met 8-year-old Bonita Caston at the Chillicothe swimming pool. It was love at first sight. They were sweethearts for almost 80 years.
Jerry graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1948 and then attended Texas A&M until the Korean War broke out. He chose to volunteer and join the air force. He was a flight chief and drill instructor at Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. While in the Air Force Jerry and Bo were married on April 3, 1954. After being released from the Air Force Jerry and Bo moved to Houston. Jerry graduated from the University of Houston, but he has always considered himself to be a full-fledged Aggie. His love for ATM was passed on to his children and grandchildren as there are 17 family members (so far) that have attended.
In 1956, Jerry went to work for his Uncle Cecil at Service Painting Company. He eventually purchased the company and renamed it The Brock Group. In Jerry’s lifetime he had the privilege of seeing his company grow from 30 employees to over 17,000. Though Jerry loved the company he believed that your “work” should not define you. There is so much more! He loved his family and was the gold standard for being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, faithful friend and Christ follower.
In 1942, as a 12 year old, Jerry gave his heart and life to Jesus at RA camp.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church, taught Bible Study for over 40 years, served as a deacon for 6 decades, and was an avid soul winner for Christ.
He and Bonita spent their most precious times at their ranch in the Hill Country. His favorite days included feeding his deer, fishing on the lake, mowing on his tractor – all with family and friends. The Lord was so sweet to grant Jerry his wish to draw his last breath at Whisper Valley.
“Jerry, Dad, and Grandpops” was deeply loved and will be greatly missed, but his beautiful legacy will forever live on as we strive to ‘love God and His people’ as Jerry did.

Lesley A. Paulsen (’89)

Lesley Paulsen, 74, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away at Iowa Methodist Medical Center on January 6, 2021 due to COVID-19 related complications.
She was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Lloyd H. C. Paulsen and Marjory A. Paulsen (Willett). She is survived by her siblings, Gail, Alan, and Ian; her daughters, Alison and Courtney; and her grandchildren, Dominick, Andreas, and John.
Lesley received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. After a varied career that included many years at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston) and the University of St. Thomas (Houston), she retired and returned to her birth state of Iowa after many decades in Texas.
Throughout her life, she was unfailingly kind and generous. Lesley enjoyed a good read (mysteries were a favorite), strong coffee, and spending time with her grandchildren. Travel was also a passion — in addition to visiting friends and family members in various parts of the US, she had also been to Mexico, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, the UAE, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.

James L. Post (’79)

He was born in Victoria, TX December 7, 1946. Jim graduated from St Joseph HS Victoria, TX 1964. He held three degrees from University of Houston. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1969, MBA and Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1979 from UH and became an Attorney at Law in 1980. He is married to Karan Post

He practiced criminal law in Victoria, TX and personal injury law at David L Perry and Associates, Patterson and Associates and later at his own firm, The Law Offices of James L Post. His first trial as a civil attorney netted the largest plaintiff award in Jackson County. Jim was an extraordinary trial lawyer. He won many big cases and was especially respected among other lawyers, which was the greatest compliment a lawyer can have.

He retired from law at age 50 and lived in Corpus Christi and Mexico and traveled extensively, especially to Alaska, British Columbia and Costa Rica where he fished with a passion equal to his work. He developed a beautiful and serene neighborhood called the Watermark on the bay front in Rockport, TX where he lived with his loving wife until his untimely passing.

He is survived by his two sons Kevin Post and David Post (wife Lynn Capitano-Post), brothers David and Tom Post (wife Carol Post) and sister Mary Post and step-son Steven Deer. He is preceded in death by his parents Elbert and Margaret Post

Randall West (’85)

Randall “Randy” Lee West, 59, of Illiopolis, passed away at 4:17 a.m., Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Illinois. Randy was born on January 12, 1961, in Decatur, the son of William (Bill) and Jeanine (Vance) West. He married Shari Eggers on June 4, 1988 in Mt. Pulaski Illinois. She preceded him in death in 2016. They have a surviving son, Austin Lee West, of Chicago, Illinois.
Randy graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and earned a degree in architecture from the University of Houston. Randy was a master in his craft and retired as a partner at BLDD Architects after practicing over 30 years. He designed Hope Academy and the remodeled Eisenhower High School, as well as worked on projects for the University of Illinois and Millikin. After retiring, Randy opened R Bar & Grille in December 2017, a place that combined his love of architecture, music, and food in his favorite town– Decatur.
Randy served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur for almost a decade, as well as served as President for three years. Randy believed that all youth regardless of their social economic status should have opportunities to grow and be successful adults. He led with a genuine heart.
Among his many talents, Randy was a musician, a founding member of Ted Crispy and the All-Vegetable Band (The Veggies), where he played saxophone and performed locally. He also enjoyed fishing, boating and camping, especially at Lake Shelbyville. He will be remembered for his generosity, his optimism, and his uplifting friendly smile.
Randy is preceded in death by his wife, both parents, and his brother, Bill West. His son, Austin, survives him.

Donnie Fuqua (’86)

Donnie Lee Fuqua was born October 7, 1962. He passed away on January 3, 2021 at the age of 58.

He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph W. Fuqua Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Fuqua. He is also survived by his sisters Lindy Baker (and spouse Bob), Kathy Edris and Janet Fuqua; and his nephews and nieces Peter Edris, Travis Baker (and spouse Annie), Andrew Baker and Sarah Hobson (and spouse Blake); and his grandnieces Selena Edris, Jasmine Edris, Charlotte Baker and Elizabeth Baker.

When he was young Donnie loved to make model rockets and play the trumpet. He began programming computers in high school. He graduated in 1981 then went on to get his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. He worked in computer programming and IT support for over a decade in Houston, San Antonio and Austin before his health forced him to stop working.

Donnie struggled with mental illness for most of his life but was able to accomplish a lot. He will be greatly missed.

Wilton E. Lomax (’60)

Wilton E. (Bubba) Lomax passed away at home in Wimberley, Texas on December 27, 2020 at the age of 84.

Bubba was born in Houston TX in 1936 and raised in Spring Branch, back when the outskirts of Houston was still country. He graduated from the University of Houston and taught chemistry and science at Spring Branch High School until moving to Wimberley in 1965 to teach horticulture and serve as a counselor at Gary Job Corps in San Marcos. He completed his Masters at SWTSU, taught horticulture for a time at the university and owned a landscaping business and plant nurseries (Lomax Garden Land) in Wimberley and San Marcos. He officially retired after serving as head of Transportation & Maintenance at WISD.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. His times at the deer lease and fishing with friends were some of the best. Camp Peniel was also a fond memory and spiritual influence in his life. He enjoyed working with youth, from the early years teaching swimming at the Dads Club, to the Community Church in Spring Branch and the First Baptist Church in Wimberley where he taught Sunday School and helped with youth retreats. In later life his paintings, carvings and satirical drawings entertained and became collectors’ items for his family.

Bubba was preceded in death by his parents, Dee and Lillian Lomax, and his sister, Patricia (Lomax) Sanders and brother-in-law Norman Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sally Lomax, his two daughters and their husbands, Holly and Jim Miller and Mandy and Jim Gibson, five grandchildren (Jessica Fuchs, Nicole Gonce, Paul Miller, Justin and Jordan Gibson), and nine great-grandchildren.

Bubba was one-of-a-kind and quick witted to the end. To quote one of his devoted nephews, he was ‘beloved and revered’ and will be dearly missed.