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Philip Ross Neuhaus passed away on April 23,2013. Born on December 25, 1919 he was a fifth generation Houstonian. The son of Hugo Victor Neuhaus and Kate Rice Neuhaus, he grew up in the Shadyside neighborhood of Houston, attended Miss Kincaid's School, graduated from St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts, 1938, and Yale University, 1942. He was president of Wolf's Head.
He served in the U.S. Army, 124th Horse Cavalry division. As officer in charge of operations for more than 700 troops, he attended OCS at Fort Riley, Kansas, then trained his horseback troops in Texas at Ft. Ringold in Rio Grande City, Ft. Russell in Marfa; Ft. Brown in Brownsville, and Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. In 1944, he was deployed to Burma and China, in the China-Burma-India Theatre of World War II
Rising to Captain on his 24th birthday, he was charged with the training, maneuvers and tactics of the division of more than 700 men, part of the Mars Task Force, who marched over 400 miles on the Burma Road. He particularly remembered the battle of Knight's Hill on February 2, 1945. This hill was named by Lord Mountbatten to honor the bravery of his great friend and tent mate, Jack Knight, who lost his life in this battle and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in saving many lives on that day.
Mr. Neuhaus came from a family that helped shape the state of Texas. His great, great grandfather, Shapley P. Ross arrived in Texas in 1839 with wife, Katherine Fulkerson Ross and sons Peter F. Ross and Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, coming from the village of Louisville, Kentucky, which his father and grandfather had founded. Original settlers of Waco, Shapley Ross and his sons served as Texas Rangers. Both Peter and Sul Ross served with distinction under Sam Houston.
A maternal great grandfather, Frederick Rice married Charlotte Baldwin Rice, whose family was amongst the original founders of the city of Houston, and his brother, William Marsh Rice founded Rice Institute, now Rice University. Their son, Jonas Shearn Rice was Mr. Neuhaus' maternal grandfather. He ran the Union National Bank of Houston for 35 years.
Mr. Neuhaus' paternal great grandfather arrived in Texas from Germany in 1846, settled in Lavaca County at Hackberry and established a mercantile business only exceeded in Galveston. His grandfather, Charles Neuhaus, moved to Houston at the turn of the 20th century and developed the Courlandt Place neighborhood.
Mr. Neuhaus' mother, Kate Rice Neuhaus, her two sisters, Lottie Rice Farish, and Laura Rice Neff, with two other relatives, numbered amongst the 15 people who founded the St. John's School in Houston.
In 1942, Philip Neuhaus married Elizabeth Lacey Thompson of Cleveland, Ohio.
Upon the death of his father 1947, Mr. Neuhaus returned to Texas to operate the investment firm, Neuhaus & Company, which was founded by his father in 1907, the first investment bank in Texas. With his brother, Joseph Rice Neuhaus, they were the only two men in Houston of their generation in the investment business. They merged Neuhaus & Company with Milton R. Underwood & Company on January 1, 1948 to form Underwood, Neuhaus & Company. For forty years Underwood, Neuhaus & Company would serve the investment needs of the region as an independent investment firm, with offices across the state of Texas, specializing in underwriting Texas corporations and creating the market in municipal bonds
Phil Neuhaus was currently working with Underwood, Neuhaus & Hardin, a division of Wells Fargo Advisors, and deeply enjoyed the company of his coworkers, especially his more recent partner, nephew Charlie Neuhaus, and his associate of 53 years, David Underwood. He placed great faith in the admirable assistance of DeeDee Keener.
Mr. Neuhaus participated actively in the growth of the investment industry in the Southwest. He established the Houston Society of Financial Analysts in 1959 and served as its President. As a member of the Securities Industry Association, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Texas District. He had also served on the national board of the IBA. He served as the President of Houston Society of Financial Analysts; as Vice President and Director of the National Federation of Financial Analysts; and as President of the Stock and Bond Club of Houston. He served on the board of the Investment Bankers Association of America and the advisory board of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1968, Mr. Neuhaus married Barbara Haden, and they enjoyed 39 years of marriage.
In the community, Mr. Neuhaus served for many years on the boards of Julia C. Hester House, The Salvation Army, and Texas Children's Hospital, the latter for over 40 years.
He was a member of the Bayou Club of Houston, the Houston Country Club, Allegro, Eagle Lake Rod & Gun Club, The Houston Club, and the Ramada Club.
Besides going to his office, he had found time in recent weeks to dine out with friends of all ages, who gave him great delight; beaten a younger champ at croquet and his daughter at gin rummy; scheduled his places in a fishing tournament at Eagle Lake and in the next croquet tournament at the Bayou Club.
For many years, Phil Neuhaus, believed himself most fortunate to have the care of Dr. Marc Boom and his assistant Jill Kubesch, RN, as well as Dr. David Chiu, in whom he placed his utmost trust and found great enjoyment. To them, the care and wonderful cooking of Catalina Salazar, Mountain Valley Water, the joys of family and friends, and a love of the great outdoors, he gratefully attributed his great health and longevity.
Philip Neuhaus was preceded in death by his son, the late Philip Ross Neuhaus, Jr., his wife, Barbara Haden Neuhaus, and his step-daughter Barbara George Briner. He is survived by his daughters Lacey Neuhaus Dorn, her husband, Dale "Tucker"; Elizabeth "Betts" Neuhaus Armstrong, her husband, "C.D."; and Joan Neuhaus Schaan; and his grandchildren, Lacey Neuhaus Dorn,Philip Prizer Armstrong, Katherine Neuhaus Armstrong, Laura Hilliard Armstrong, and Daniel Ross Schaan. He is also survived by his loving step-children Jennifer George Kuebler and Mark; John Harris Masterson and Catherine; Cecil Haden Masterson; and William Douglas Masterson and Shelly; and their children.
Pall bearers for the service were Charles D. Armstrong, Philip P. Armstrong, Dale F.(Tucker) Dorn, C. Haden Mastserson, J. Harris Masterson, W. Douglas Masterson, Charles E. Neuhaus, and Daniel R. Schaan. Ushers were William J. Clark, John O. Hastings, Mark E. Kuebler, Richard W. Neff, Joseph R. Neuhaus, Jr., and David D. Welsh. Honorary pall bearers were P. Gervais Bell, Joseph C. Brown, Charles Callery, John W. Elder, S. Field Emerson, David Fitch, William G. Kinney, William R. Lummis, Gray H. Muzzy, Warren B. Pond, L. Davidson Smyth, Anderson Todd, David M. Underwood, and Richard W. Weekley.
In lieu of the usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Mr. Neuhaus may be directed to Texas Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 300630, Ste. 5214, Houston, TX 77230-0630; or to The Salvation Army, 1500 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77002.
Published in Express-News on May 22, 2013
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