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Hubert Eugene Achor

Achor, Hubert Eugene Born Sept. 13, 1914 in Chicago; died peacefully at home Oct. 10, beloved daughters Christy Spiegel and Tracy Achor Hayes each holding a hand, just as he had wished. One of 5 children of Mary and Thomas Achor, Hubie grew up in Anderson, Ind., where he develop-ed a lifelong love of basketball. (Go Mavs!) He moved to Dallas in 1934 to attend SMU, studying chemistry, photographing all the class portraits for the 1937 Rotunda, and taking a memorable Route 66 summer road trip in a Model T Ford. Serving in the USAF Civilian Pilots Training program during WWII, he earned instrument and instructor flight ratings, of which he was inord-inately proud. His primary career was as the owner of a small advertising agency, Scriveners, but he also dabbled in real estate, founded a retail camera store in Highland Park Village (eventually sold to Al Cooter), and trawled estate sales (a record 38 on a single Saturday) to fill his stall at the Love Field Antique Mall. A man of boundless optimism, enthusiasm and curiosity, Hubie's passions ranged from archaeology to dia-gramless crossword puzzles, but he was most proud of his family. He married three "great gals," fathering Christy with his second wife, the late Jane Achor, and adopting Tracy upon marriage in 1958 to "the love of his life," the late Shirley Achor. Others special to him included step-daughter Jo Neese, niece Laurie Anderson and the many "candy kids" of Nimrod Trail. Hubie would want special thanks to go to the staff and fellow residents of Juliette Fowler Homes' Jackson Living Center, where he spent his final years. Hubie liked to say that his last words would be "Been there, done that." In fact, they were "remember, luckiest guy on earth." A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Sparkman-Hillcrest, officiated by Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter of First Unitarian Church of Dallas, where Hubie belonged for more than half a century. In lieu of donations, please feed or adopt a stray cat in Hubie's honor.




Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 13, 2010
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