Alfred H. Ebert, Jr., age 83, of Houston, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, the 29th of December 2012. He died peacefully in his home after celebrating Christmas with his beloved family. |
Al was born in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1950. In service to his country, during the Korean War, Al was a Lieutenant Junior Grade Naval Aviator, flying helicopters for the United States Navy from 1950 until 1954, and he was a member of the Helicopter Anti-Sub Squadron. He continued to serve as a Lieutenant for the Naval Reserves until 1968.
Upon his leaving active duty in 1954, Al was employed in Dallas where he met Kay Flythe, who would later become his beloved wife. In 1956, he attended law school at The University of Texas in Austin, graduating in 1959.
He spent his entire legal career with Andrews Kurth LLP, where he began his career in 1959 as an Associate with Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Jones. In 1967, Al was made a Partner at the firm. He was elected the Management Committee Chairman (Managing Partner) in 1991; and, in 1994, he was named the first ever Senior Chairman. He was instrumental in the publishing of the firm's history, "Andrews & Kurth L.L.P., The First 100 Years of Excellence," in 2002.
In 2009, Al was honored by the State Bar of Texas for 50 years of practice and his dedication to the Bar. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation. Al was also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Al was privileged to serve on the Board of the Nature Conservancy of Texas and on the Development Board of The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Al loved hunting and fishing, and spending time at his bay house in Galveston with family and friends. He loved travelling the world on special trips with his wife, Kay. His faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was the center of his life, and he had a special love for his church, St. Martin's Episcopal, where he sang in the choir. He was able to travel with the choir to sing in cathedrals in England and Scotland during 2010 and 2012.
Some of Al's favorite occasions were times spent with his four children and his ten grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Poppy."
He will be most remembered for his kindness, patience, generosity, and integrity.
Al is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Katherine Flythe Ebert; his children, Allison Ebert Wagner and husband Bryan of Fort Worth, Stephanie Ebert Adams, David Grant Ebert, and Andrew Marshall Ebert and wife Anne, all of Austin; and by his grandchildren: Campbell, Caroline, Allie, Lauren and Eliza Wagner; Harrison and Nicho Adams; and Scott, Thomas and Kate Ebert.
The memorial service is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 4th of January, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Rector, and the Rev. Martin J. Bastian, Senior Associate Rector, are to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that contributions in memory of Mr. Ebert be directed to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd., Houston, TX, 77056; or to the Nature Conservancy of Texas, 1800 Augusta Dr., Ste. 240, Houston, TX, 77057.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 2, 2013