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Longtime Houston resident Gail MacDonald Mount, 83, died Oct. 12, 2013. Mount worked as a marine and energy insurance broker, including 16 years at John L. Wortham and Son, from where he retired. Later in life, Mount experienced success as a playwright and author.
Mount was born on July 30, 1930, in Fort Worth, and moved to Houston in 1939. He graduated from Reagan High School in 1948 and the Rice Institute in 1952. Mount was a teaching fellow at UT-Austin and served in the Army from 1955-56.
Mount's insurance career spanned from 1959 to 1999 and allowed his family to live in New York, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle. He traveled to London on business regularly in the 1980s.
Throughout his life, Mount had a passion for literature and writing. His novel Pitching Tents was published in 2005 after it won the George Garrett Fiction prize. He also had staged readings of his plays The Offing and Vicissitudes. Additionally, The Offing had a concert reading in New York in 2001. Mount's writing appeared in the Texas Observer, The Texas Journal of Ideas, History and Culture and the Utne Reader.
Mount was known for his colorful personality, quick wit and passionately held viewpoints. Friends, family and co-workers say he was quite the storyteller.
He is survived by his sons Franklin Mount of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Paul and wife Jamie Mount and granddaughter Natalie, of Kingwood. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Mount.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m., at Kingwood Christian Church, 3910 W. Lake Houston Parkway, 77339. The family designated the National Parkinson Foundation for memorial contributions.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 15, 2013
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