Author Archive

Margaret Hughes (’57)

Margaret Hughes, 84, died on Wednesday, April 28 in Fairfax at the Fairfax Nursing Center at the end of many years living with dementia. Born in Beaumont, Texas she was predeceased by her loving parents Herman Bundy Hughes of Voth, Texas and Inez Withers of Buna, Texas and her wonderful brother, John Hughes, of Houston, Texas. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Foynes of Fairfax and son, Ron Robinson of Texas, as well as her granddaughter, Giselle of Fairfax.

Growing up, Margaret loved spending time with her many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Beaumont and in the Bayou City. After graduation in 1954 from San Jacinto High School in Houston she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Houston. An active member of the Psi Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega sorority she mentored many young women and served as a Leader in raising scholarship funding. She loved teaching First Grade and spoke fondly for many years of the wonderful children in her classes. In 1958, she married Thomas Robinson of Amarillo and eventually left teaching when expecting her first child as was the custom at the time. She spent many happy years raising her children, volunteering with the Texas Dental Association, Chi Omega and the Junior League. An avid learner, cook and lover of the arts she attended lectures and travelled extensively in Europe.

Hughes Otto Baker (’71)

Hugh Otto Baker March 15, 1937 April 27, 2021 A memorial service for Hugh Baker, 84 of Crockett, will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Grapeland. Rev. Wade Harman will be officiating. Mr. Baker passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Crockett. He was born March 15, 1937 to Seymour and Violet Kellermeyer Baker in Yonkers, New York. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland. He attended Friendswood High School where he was an All American running back. He received his engineering technology degree from the University of Houston. After his retirement from engineering he and Donna moved to the Crockett area from the Spring/Conroe where he became a part time rancher. He also liked flying model airplanes. Mr. Baker is survived by his wife Donna; his daughters: Karen J. Carlton (Kenny) and Peggy J. Keep (Travis); his son: Mike R Baker (Lisa ); grandchildren: K. C. Carlton (Eileen), Justin Carlton (Amanda), Jacob Carlton (Laurie), Daniel Baker, Stephan Baker, Kayla Altizer, and Keylee Altizer; and great grandchildren: Avery Carlton, Brystal Carlton, Arriana Ochoa, Jasper Carlton and Molly Carlton and great-great grandchild: Julios Ochoa. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Phillip Ross Baker; and grandson Thomas Edward Keep.

Billy G. Box (’73)

Billy Garland Box October 2, 1942 April 21, 2021Billy Garland Box, 78, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2008, formerly of Ecuador, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Cape Coral. He was born October 2, 1942 in Houston, TX to Allen P. and Reba J. Shelton Box, now deceased. Billy was of the Baptist faith and a Veteran of the United States Navy. He grew up in Houston where he attended university of Houston and got an accounting degree. He passed the CPA exam and worked for several oil companies as CFO. He enjoyed traveling the world. He loved boating and fishing and the beach. He is survived by one sister, Jackie Lewis; wife, Irma Box; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as his beloved pet, Pooch. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Delana Godwin, and brother, Allen Box Jr Committal Services with Military Honors will be held 11:30 AM Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Jesse P. Jackson (’57)

Dr. Jesse P. Jackson was born January 19, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, and passed away on April 20, 2021.He grew up in Medina, Texas, excelling in both academics and sports. He went on to play basketball at Rice University. After completing his undergraduate work, Jesse received his doctor of optometry at the University of Houston. He practiced at Texas State Optical for many years before opening his own practice in 1982 in San Antonio, serving thousands of patients before semi-retiring in 2010.Jesse had many hobbies throughout his life, namely sailing, flying his own personal aircrafts, playing tennis, golf, and, most notably, fishing the many lakes in and around Texas. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs fan. He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Bonnie Jackson; children, Scott Rowe, Alan Jackson and wife Mary Ann; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Louis Jackson and wife Shirley; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and close friends.

Floyd L. Jennings (JD ’96)

Floyd L. Jennings, Ph.D., departed the felicity of this life on 4/21/2021. Born in 1940, he was, throughout his life, engaged in a perpetual quest for knowledge, entering undergraduate school at age 16, and earning a B.A. (1961) from McMurry University; a B.D. (1964) and S.T.M. (1969) from Southern Methodist University, the J.D. from The University of Houston in 1996, and the Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1972. At age 51, he began studying law having become interested both in health law and forensic evaluations. Quixotic in style, he was nonetheless caring as a clinical psychologist, thoughtful and ethical as an attorney, radical in his theology as a minister, and careful (though not prolific) as a writer. He was an immensely complicated and neurotic soul, driven to engage in many activities, studies, and work simultaneously. Sometimes distant and pompous in manner, he was also very tender-hearted and had a deep mischievous streak that surfaced unexpectedly. His interests were wide-ranging, and he delighted in switching from discussion of curricula for training attorneys as mental health specialists to a conversation about 16th-century Protestant reformers or the papacy in the 14th-century, to comment on means of tuning a Colt 45 pistol for optimum performance, or the efficacy of some new psychotropic drug, or the impact of some recent court decision on healthcare, or new case law regarding competency and sanity in Texas. Sometimes wrong, he was rarely without an opinion which he was not reticent to share. Dr. Jennings practiced clinical psychology in Houston since 1978; he was for many years a consultant for mental health agencies and a long-time adjunct faculty member in the Dept. of Psychiatry at UT Med School in Houston. In 2008 he accepted a position with the Office of County Court Administration, and in 2010 with the newly-formed Harris County Public Defender, dealing with the problems of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system which he said was his most challenging vocational experience. He was the author of some 50 publications. He was active in numerous professional organizations and past-President of both the Southwestern and Houston Group Psychotherapy Societies; and a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He was also a retired United Methodist minister and served some fifty years in that capacity (being involved at a general church level with design of criteria for evaluation of clergy). As well, he examined clergy candidates for The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and served from 1982 to 2010 as a psychologist to the Harris County Sheriff’s Reserve. Dr. Jennings’ survivors include his wife of many years, Shirley who, he often said, tolerated his many eccentricities with grace; children, Sherry Scott of Houston, Glenn Jennings and wife Michelle of Austin, LeAnne Buffington and husband Matt of Tulsa, and Lynne Jennings of Cypress; grandchildren, Abby Reiners and husband Anthony, Taylor Castillo and husband Jesse, Tatum Buffington, and Sydney Davidson; and great-grandchildren, Titan Castillo, and Maverick Reiners. He loved life, enjoyed jeeping, sailing, skiing, and traveling; but much more than these, he loved his wife and children. Rarely critical he would but say with mild frustration, “I would prefer that you would…”. In recent years, interested in ethics and law, he lectured to mental health professionals; in addition to, inflicting some misery on his staff in the mental health division of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. Services will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77027, at 11:00 a.m. on 6/12/2021; with Dr. Tom Pace, Dr. Charles Millikan, and Dr. Chappell Temple, pastors, officiating.

Ryan J. Rabalais (’14)

Ryan Jay Rabalais was 48 years of age when he passed on April 16th 2021 in Orange Beach, Alabama, after being struck by a vehicle. Ryan was born in Houston, Texas to his mother, Sharon Anita Wallace, and father, Thomas Ray Rabalais, on July 20th 1972. After graduating high school, Ryan served the US Navy for three years in his early adulthood. With a passion for higher education, Ryan would go on to graduate from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. After college, he found enjoyment in a career that allowed him to travel the United States as a licensed commercial truck driver. Ryan was an ardent follower of U.S. politics. In his spare time, Ryan was very imaginative and creative. He would make music, videos, and use other types of media to express himself. Ryan also gained an affinity for fishing, golfing, and the fine arts, including jazz. Ryan was a man very devoted to his friends and family. He was the type of person that would visit a friend after 25 years and act as if not a day had passed between them. Ryan was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Anita Wallace, as well as both his maternal and paternal grandparents, Owen June Crawford and Doris Fay Crawford, and Bernard Ishmal Rabalais and Billie Jean Rabalais. He was also preceded in death by his biological maternal grandfather, James Hughie Horton. Ryan is survived by his two children, Paul Jacob Rabalais and Kathryn Rae Rabalais, his parents, Thomas Ray Rabalais and Tina Rabalais, his sister, Jeana Rae Handley, his stepbrother Christopher Warren Crochet, his girlfriend Julie Mackie, and many dear cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends.

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.