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Clyde Elton Sloan, Jr. (’68)

Clyde Elton Sloan, Jr
11/04/1943 – 08/27/2022
Clyde Elton Sloan, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on August 27, 2022 and went to be with the Lord. Clyde was born on November 4, 1943 in Houston, Texas, but lived most of his youth in Baytown, TX. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School (class of 1962), he went on to study business at the University of Texas and then transferred to the University of Houston where he graduated in 1968. Clyde met his wife Lee Etta at the University Religion Center and they married in 1968. After graduation, he went to work for Allstate and had a successful 32-year career as an agent until he retired in 2000 and sold his agency to his son.
Clyde was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Catherine Sloan and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lee Etta; brother William Sloan; son Warren Sloan and fiancé Micah Stewart; daughter Martha Sloan Salas and son-in-law Ruben Salas; and six grandchildren, Christian, Samuel and Abigail Salas and Alexander, Megan and James Sloan.
Clyde loved his family, church and community. He served as a Scout Master, coach, mentor, precinct judge and was an active church member. Clyde served on his high school reunion committee, the UH Bauer College of Business Alumni Association and the board of the Cougar Cookers HLSR cook-off team. Clyde never missed a UH football game or his grandchildren’s activities and he always lent a helping hand to friends and neighbors.
Clyde’s family would like to thank the doctors and care teams at MD Anderson, Houston Cardiac Clinic and Houston Hospice for their excellent care. A service will be held for Clyde on Saturday September 3rd at 10:30 AM at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 12535 Perthshire, Houston, TX 77024. A more complete obituary can be found at
Published by Houston Chronicle on Sep. 2, 2022.

Cindy (’86) and Todd (UHD ’89) Breton

Cindy and Todd Breton met at UH in 1985 and were married in 1987. Cindy graduated in 1986 with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Todd graduated 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business. The Bretons are football season ticket holders and proud Life Members. Todd has served as Sugar Land Rotary Past President and is currently the Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5890.

Jake Morris (MS ’09)

Houston, TX (September 8, 2022) – Jake Morris, WP Edge Senior Manager, has joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Big Climb Houston Executive Committee.

The Big Climb is a fundraising challenge where participants climb the stairs of an iconic building in their local community in order to raise critical funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“Giving back to the Houston community is something we are passionate about at Whitley Penn,” stated Audit Partner and Partner-in-Charge of the Houston office, Nathen McEown. “Jake’s dedication and involvement with the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society demonstrates his devotion to the cause. We are proud of him and support him as he steps into this role and are looking forward to watching him succeed.”

Morris has more than 12 years of experience in the accounting industry, including six in public accounting and four as a controller. He has fine-tuned his accounting knowledge throughout his career by focusing on personnel/department management and leadership, banking relationships, month-end procedures and reconciliations, financial statement presentation and analysis, budgeting/forecasting, evaluation of financial ratios, debt compliance, and development/analysis of financial reports. Morris excels at improving client relationships and is a highly skilled communicator who strives for maximum transparency between his team and the people they serve.

Before joining Whitley Penn, Morris served as an audit manager and then as a controller. In his role as an audit manager, he led audit teams in performing risk-based financial statement audits for public and private corporations, as well as employee benefit plan audits. Working as a controller, Morris leads an accounting department of 12 people while also managing executive expectations to allow for a smooth and efficient operation of the accounting and finance functions at the firm.

Morris is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA).

Morris received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Baylor University and his M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Houston.

Kathy (’79) and Larry (’72) McClaugherty

Kathy and Larry McClaugherty organized a gathering for the Hill Country Houston Cougars on Saturday, August 6 at the Camp Verde Restaurant and General Store in Camp Verde, Texas.

Those in attendance were: Michael & Laura Urbis, Alene & Chris Kirklen, Ford & Sharon Smith, Jo & Dewayne Neal and Larry & Kathy McClaugherty. Everyone had a great meal & great fellowship. The group is looking forward to a date, place and time for September’s gathering to get Cougars together to visit and support each other.

Mary Meadors Payne (’83) and David Payne (’82)

David Payne (’82) and Mary Meadors Payne (’83) met at UH in Spring 1980. They married in 1988 and are celebrating 34 years on October 1, 2022.

Rolan Wilson Walton (’52)

Rolan Walton
May 27, 1929 – July 14, 2022
Rolan Wilson Walton was born on May 27, 1929 in San Antonio, TX. Rolan graduated from Lamar High School in 1946 and he was the student Regimental Commander of the ROTC. He remembered marching his unit on parades on River Oaks Blvd. Rolan loved all sports. While at Lamar he was the sports chairman for the Irari Club and played for the Lamar American Legion baseball team.

He attended Texas A&M and then transferred to the University of Texas, where he pledged Sigma Nu fraternity and was elected president of his pledge class. He later went to the University of Houston where he was the third baseman on the first UH baseball team, and as a senior, was captain of the 1951 championship team. He was the first 4-year letterman at the school. While in college he played for the semi-pro Victoria Rosebuds, winning the Houston Post tournament several times. He graduated from UH in 1952 with a degree in engineering. He played professional baseball for the Austin Pioneers for several years before joining his dad E Jack Walton in building the Walton Barge Terminal in 1954. In 1957 he formed his own company, Walton Transportation. He married young and had a daughter Renee Walton. He enjoyed watching her perform as the featured twirler for the Memorial Mustangs.

He later married Suzanne Luquette of Houston at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7, 1975. They had one daughter Anne Keith Walton. He was always a very active and supportive father in all her activities. He admired her scholastic achievements and enjoyed watching her work as an appellate lawyer in Washington, D.C. Rolan was a member and past president of Lakeside Country Club. He was also a member of The Houstonian and the Hills of Lakeway. He was a member of Chapelwood Methodist Church and later joined St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

In 1974 he went out to the baseball field at the University of Houston to help his old baseball coach Lovett Hill practice with the team. Shortly thereafter he was asked to become the head baseball coach. He continued running his transportation businesses while donating his coach’s salary to the baseball program. In 2006, he was inducted into the University of Houston Athletic Hall of Honor. He loved his coaching career and even coached his daughter Anne’s Kinkaid School middle school softball team as a dollar a year man.

The Hill Country of Texas was his special place. He spent many weekends hunting on deer leases and fishing on the Pedernales river at the ranch outside Johnson City. Most of all he loved playing golf at Lakeway where he owned a house on Bermuda Drive, the scene of many happy family gatherings. He always looked forward to time spent in Hunt, TX, picking Anne up from camp. He and Suzanne enjoyed many family vacations in California and Florida. They loved attending the theater in New York and Houston and they loved to dance. They were members of several dance clubs over the years and were always the first ones on the dance floor.
Rolan was always a gentleman: very mannerly and always ready to help others. He was admired by all for his easy-going, friendly personality. He had many friends and took the role of Dad very seriously. He was a man of honor and maintained a strong Christian faith throughout his life.
Rolan is survived by Suzanne, his wife of 47 years, his daughter Renee Walton of Panama, Florida and four grandchildren, his daughter Anne Keith Walton of Washington, D.C., his brother Andy Walton, two sisters, Leah and Shelley, Also Lydia Luquette, Elyse Luquette Dale, Quentin Keith Luquette. There will be a memorial service in the chapel at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Woodway, on Wednesday, July 27 at 2 pm. with a reception immediately following. Internment will be at a later date in the columbarium at the Garden of the Holy Cross at St. Martins.
For those desiring, memorials may be made in honor of Rolan to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston.

Published by Houston Chronicle on Jul. 24, 2022.

Ricky Lenz (’75)

I am in my 47th year as a pharmacist. I am the pharmacist in charge of Rogers Pharmacy #3. I work there on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, I work as a consultant
pharmacist for the South Texas Eye Surgicenter. I have been working at the South Texas Eye Surgicenter for 35 years. I work at Rogers #6 (in Edna, Texas) from 9-1. I am a long-time member
of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (50 years), and I am a member of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association (50 years). I am Fellow in the Academy of Consultant Pharmacists.
I turned 70 this year and am still work full-time. I plan to keep working as long as my health holds out.
I have been married for 44 years to Carol Ann Lenz. We have one son, Joseph, who graduated (magna cum laude) in 2006 with a double degree in Classics (Latin & Greek), and German. Joseph
is a Phi Beta Kappa.
The University of Houston College of Pharmacy prepared me well for my pharmacy career. UH is a great university which I support financially every year. I am proud to be a graduate of UH.
Keep up the great work.

Jorge De La Fuente (’15)

The Law Office of Alex Martinez is pleased to announce that Jorge De La Fuente has joined the firm as an associate. Jorge will work with our immigration team to counsel clients on family visas, deportation, citizenship and naturalization, business and work visas, and other related matters.

“Jorge has an incredible breadth of experience working with the immigrant community near Texas’ border,” said founding partner Alex Martinez. “An advocate for immigrants’ rights even before entering law school, Jorge has a true passion for uplifting immigrants who seek equal and proper treatment before the law.”

A native Spanish and English speaker, Jorge has a broad range of experience handling immigration issues. He previously served as an intern with the Harris County district attorney’s office, worked as a paralegal and legal assistant in various immigration law firms, and was a law clerk to a San Antonio immigration lawyer while at St. Mary’s School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 2019.

Before joining our firm, Jorge worked as an attorney and director of immigration services at La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in San Juan, Texas. In his role with LUPE, he represented clients before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He also represented clients in asylum, cancellation of removal, and custody redetermination matters. He was also responsible for leading U.S. Department of Justice-accredited representatives to ensure they provided high-quality immigration legal services at their four office locations throughout South Texas.

In addition to professional service, Jorge’s past volunteer experiences include assisting with income tax preparation for low-income families, working with lobbying groups in Washington, D.C., to impact foreign policy, and providing legal counsel to women at a Texas detention center.

A child of immigrants, Jorge grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in the small town of Los Fresnos, Texas, along the southern border and, through his parents’ and extended family’s immigration experience, has a unique understanding of his clients’ experiences within the U.S. immigration system. Jorge understands each case has an enormous impact not only on individuals but on entire families, and therefore provides focused attention and zealous representation in court.

About The Law Office of Alex Martinez

The Law Offices of Alex Martinez represents people from all walks of life in serious personal injury cases, insurance claims, and immigration matters. Firm founder Alex Martinez has more than a decade of experience helping people from Rio Grande City, McAllen, Mission, Edinburg, Pharr, Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Mercedes, Brownsville, and throughout the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas. For more information, visit

Joseph G. Ginn (’52)

Joseph G. Ginn, Sr.February 2, 1932 March 26, 2022Joseph George Ginn, Sr, 90, passed away on March 26, 2022 in Fredericksburg, Tx, following a short illness. Mr. Ginn was long time resident of Fredericksburg.Joe was born on February 2,1932, in Galveston, Tx, to William and Evelyn Ginn. The oldest of three boys, Joe graduated from Kirwin High School in Galveston, followed by earning his B.S. in Jurisprudence from the University of Houston and then a Law Degree from South Texas College of Law.During his college years, Joe married his high school sweetheart, Jane Margaret Mahan, also of Galveston. At the time he passed his bar exam, they would be parents to three children.Shortly following, Joe began to make strides in his career as he accepted the role of junior counsel with the Stauffer Chemical Company at their Adrian, Michigan offices. Within two years, Stauffer transferred him to their New York City offices. It was here that he excelled in his precise ability in working out contracts and that he began to learn the role of a manager of procurement. During this time their family grew by two more children.Longing to return to Texas, Joe entered into employment with the Albritton Engineering Corporation (ALENCO) of Bryan-College Station, TX, which grew to be the largest Aluminum door and window manufacturer in the US. With their return to Texas, Joe resumed his lifelong love of preserving and cultivating the historical significance of the state.Joe later joined AeroJet manufacturing based out of the Space Port in Houston. It was here that Joe would enter the height of his professional career in serving as a national officer of the National Association of Purchasing Managers, while also becoming the President General for the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Joe would then conclude his professional career with Southwest Research Institute out of San Antonio, Tx.Following his retirement, Joe kept active, along with his wife, in a myriad of state historical associations and within their church. Their most favorite activity was to travel and spend time with their family.Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Jane; his daughter, Margaret Ginn Reese; and his brother, Dr. Robert John Ginn. He is survived by his children, Joseph George Ginn, Jr. (Peggy) of Johnson City, Tx, Edward Michael Ginn of Fredericksburg,Tx, Gregory Ginn of Austin, and Christopher Ginn (Linda) of San Antonio; his brother, William F. Ginn of Dickinson, Tx; six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.A Catholic Mass will be held in Fredericksburg, at 10:30 a.m. on April 22, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice .

Kathy (’79) and Larry (’72) McClaugherty

The Hill Country Houston Cougars gathered at the Backwoods BBQ on Saturday, June 18, 2022 to meet, enjoy great Backwoods barbeque, and share University of Houston stories and connections. We laughed and enjoyed all the wonderful stories we had. It was amazing how everyone was connected including the common denominator of our time at the University of Houston. It was a fabulous afternoon of friendship and fellowship.

Several families were represented and included: Ford & Sharon Smith, Bill & Margie Morgan, Sandra Schrenck, Roger & Joan Schrenck, Jeff & Debra Spearman, Mark & Cynthia Hoffman and Larry & Kathy McClaugherty.