BROAD, Alfred Tyson|
Alfred Tyson Broad of Hoover's Valley, Burnet County, Texas claimed the gift of eternal life on May 11, 2014 at the age of 83. Alfred (Al) was born in Brady, Texas to Howard and Grace Broad and attended North Texas State College (now University of North Texas).
While at North Texas State, Al helped establish a local fraternity, Phi Alpha Tau. After a short while, Al and his 'band of brothers' accepted an offer from Sigma Phi Epsilon to establish the first national fraternity at North Texas. Al served in numerous leadership positions for Phi Alpha Tau and Sig Phi Epsilon, including president his senior year. Al also served as president of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity.
Following his graduation in 1952, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Captain. During his service, he was given orders to escort LaVerne Megee, the daughter of General Vernon Megee, to a reception for the General. He continued to follow those orders for the next 59 years.
Following active duty, he began a career in investments with Merrill Lynch in New York City and Austin, Texas. At age 32, Al opened the Austin office of E.F. Hutton as the youngest branch manager for that firm. He continued his management career with that brokerage firm, serving as manager of the Houston office from 1970-72 and the Albuquerque office from 1973-78. After resigning from the company, in protest of certain management practices, Al went to work for Mountain States Mutual as an investment and portfolio manager and later served as the business development officer and investment officer for First National Bank in Albuquerque. In 1997, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of constructing a passive solar house on his ranch in Burnet County.
Al lived a life of service to others through numerous business and community organizations. An Eagle Scout with 7 palms, he continued his involvement with the Boy Scouts serving as a Council Commissioner for six years in Albuquerque. He also served as President of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, President of the Endowment Fund of the (Episcopal) Diocese of the Rio Grande, Vice-President and founding member of the Samaritan Counseling Center in Albuquerque, and Board Trustee President of St. Andrews Episcopal School in Austin. Throughout his life, Al also shared the gift of his wonderful voice, singing with the College Aces Dance Band at North Texas, at weddings, and with numerous church choirs.
The award for which Alfred was most proud was being recognized as an Honorary Code Talker in 1975 for establishing a tribal scholarship fund to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen.
Alfred is survived by his wife, LaVerne Broad, daughter, Kathleen, son and daughter-in-law Tyson and Eva Broad, and sister Cheryl Horton.
The family thanks Terry Baughman and Robert Poblete for their assistance in caring for Al for the past four years as well as the nurses from Girling Home Health and Hospice and the nurses and aides of Granite Mesa Health Center, especially Vernon Welschmeyer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or Epiphany Episcopal Church, Burnet, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at the Epiphany Episcopal Church (601 N Wood-Burnet) on May 24, 2014 at 11 am. A reception will follow.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 17 to May 18, 2014