Howard W. Horne, Sr., 86, passed away October 25, 2012. A native Houstonian born May 13, 1926 to Louise and W.A. Horne, Horne graduated from the local public school system and Texas A&M University. His academic career at Texas A&M was interrupted early on by World War II, where he served in the Air Force as a First Lieutenant. He finished his degree and returned to his hometown of Houston to join his father's business, The W. A. Horne Company. The company grew from a 3 man operation to a successful real estate brokerage company of 250 people. His career stretched from 1948 through 1991 when the company was merged into Cushman & Wakefield. He continued to be extremely active in real estate through 2010.
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As the owner and chairman of The Horne Company, he directed the leasing of such buildings as One Shell Plaza, Two Shell Plaza and Pennzoil Place and also participated in the land assemblage for these structures. He had extensive experience in syndication of commercial real estate transactions. Horne represented many of the major corporations in Houston, such as Texas Commerce Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of Houston, Houston Industries Inc., Houston Endowment Inc., Rice University, Prudential, Hines Interests, and The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Horne was an active member of the Houston Association of Realtors, served as a director for many years, and was president in 1962. He is a past president and member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and is a former director of the Texas Association of Realtors. Mr. Horne is a past recipient of Wolfe Citizenship Award.
Mr. Horne was also involved with many civic affiliations. He served on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership for more than 20 years and as a member of the executive committee. At the partnership, his committee work included aviation, public relations, mobility and the regional service systems task force. As a strong advocate of public transit, Mr. Horne organized and led the successful campaign to create the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) and he served as its first chairman from 1977 to 1981.
Mr. Horne was a founder and past trustee of the Episcopal High School. He served as the treasurer of the Greater Houston Association and PAC, director of Central Houston Inc., director of Rice Center, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, and a member of the Houston Economic Development Council. He also served on the board of St. Luke's Texas Heart Institute. Horne served as a director of Houston Industries and Houston Lighting and Power Co. (now CenterPoint Energy) from 1978 to 1997.
Mr. Horne thanks Texas A&M for both business and personal success. In 2007, his support of the Texas A&M Mays Business School established the Howard Horne Endowed Professorship in Commercial Real Estate, providing a faculty member in the area where Horne himself has achieved so much. Mr. Horne stated "I wanted to give back to the school what I felt it's given to me. My military service allowed me to attend Texas A&M and it was a Godsend."
Mr. Horne enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and card games. He greatly valued and enjoyed his many long-time friendships with colleagues in the Red Room and the outstanding staff of the Houston Country Club.
Howard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mrs. Carrie Moore Horne, his son Howard W. Horne, Jr. and wife Susan, his daughter Graeme Horne Hicks and husband Randall. Howard has three grandchildren - Meghan Horne, Howard W. Horne III (Trey) and Palmer Hicks.
Mr. Horne leaves us with one thought, "Life is short, enjoy it by giving back more than you take."
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at St. Martins Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be announced at the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Nature Conservancy of Texas.
Published in Houston Chronicle from October 27 to October 29, 2012