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John Wacker

Wacker, John A. Born October 24, 1920 to John and Charlotte Wacker. He grew up in the small central Texas town of Bartlett. In 1943 received his degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas-Austin, immediately went into the Army Air Corp. When the war ended he went to work for J. W. Bateson General Contractor in Dallas as a junior estimator. After a year he was assigned to the Midland office where he met Lee Ida Pinkson, whom he married while assigned by Bateson to Oak Ridge, TN. Later he became CEO of Bateson. When the Bateson firm was acquired by Centex Corporation of Dallas, he was named Executive Vice President of Centex, and concurrently was Chairman of the Board of all four of the Centex general construction subsidiaries until his retirement in 1985, 40 years after he joined Bateson. During that time he was for nine years on the national Board of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities and he received the ACLD highest award. He was a member of the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, and since 1954 was pianist for the Redus Bible Class. He and Lee enjoyed being members of the square dance group, Swingin' Saints, and also enjoyed boating, motor-homing and worldwide traveling. In 1974 they formed the Wacker Foundation, a private organization devoted to funding research pertaining to the neurophysiological aspects of disordered behavior. Its best-known effort is the newsletter, Crime Times, which reported research on the brain and had a worldwide circulation of over 10,000. John is survived by his wife, Lee Ida; daughter, Lauren Everett; two step grandsons; sister, Charlotte Kolls; one niece and two nephews; sister-in-law, Charlene Pinkston. A daughter, Lisa, predeceased him. A private family graveside service will be held at Restland and on September 13 a reception at the Edgemere Library, 8523 Thackery at 1:00 PM. Valet service provided. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the .




Published in Dallas Morning News on Sept. 13, 2013
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