After a long illness, Clyde Kenan Oldham died in Wimberley, Texas on Monday, July 15, 2013. He was the son of Darius and Frances Oldham, both now deceased. Mr. Oldham lived in Austin, Texas with his wife, Jeanie Morris Oldham, after a career that took him from his birthplace in Beaumont, Texas in 1944 to California, Europe, and Mexico. He was a member of the Bar Associations of both Texas and California, and began mediating complex litigation in 1990 and was considered by his peers to be a pioneer in the field of mediation in California. Through seminars, articles, and training sessions, he was instrumental in bringing litigators to the process. He also mediated and arbitrated over 1,200 cases for corporate and law firm clients, government agencies, various Superior Court and Federal Court panels, the U.S. Postal Service, the EEOC, and the Kaiser Permanente Independent Arbitration Panel, among many others. His areas of expertise were in employment and business litigation, as well as in real estate, securities, insurance, and oil and gas disputes. Mr. Oldham graduated from the University of Texas, where he received his B.B.A in Finance and Management in 1966. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was honored to be selected as a Texas Cowboy. Mr. Oldham continued his studies at the University of Texas and received his Juris Doctor in 1969. In recent years, he was drawn back to Austin because of the happy time he spent there as a student, by the beauty of the Hill Country, and by the eclectic music scene. He enjoyed music of all kinds and strummed the guitar and found friends among musicians throughout his life. He also took pleasure in writing for work and as a creative outlet and had a distinctive way with words. A gifted storyteller, Mr. Oldham could capture a room with tales of his travels and of the odd characters he met along the way. He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Morris Oldham and his three brothers and their wives: Dudley and Judy Oldham of Houston, Texas; John and Madelyn Oldham of Boerne, Texas; and Pat and Ann Oldham of Beaumont, Texas; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will have a private memorial service in Wimberley at a later date. A memorial fund as been set up in Mr. Oldham's honor to which donations may be directed: The Clyde Kenan Oldham Memorial Fund Texas Children's Hospital (Food Allergy Program) 1919 South Braeswood, Suite 5214 Houston, Texas 77030.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 26, 2013