Leslie Louis Appelt

LESLIE LOUIS APPELT, 88, of Bastrop, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home in Bastrop, Texas, Sunday, April 22, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. Les was born in Hallettsville, Texas on March 13, 1919 to Selma Sommers Appelt and Ernest Freidrich Appelt. He began his distinguished career in Commercial Real Estate following graduation from Texas A&M University in 1941, after serving as an officer in World War II. In 1957 he founded Leslie L. Appelt & Associates, which has evolved into what is the present day Colliers, Appelt, Womack, Inc. dba Colliers International Houston, of which he was Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Appelt served the commercial real estate industry on both a local and national level including President of the National Society of Industrial & Office Realtors, the Houston Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and as a member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors. He served as consultant to major corporations and foundations that represent what are now Jacintoport Industrial Park and the Kingwood development. Les's civic and religious activities have included the Houston Chamber of Commerce, St. Luke's United Methodist Church and Chapelwood Methodist Church, Houston, and First United Methodist Church of Bastrop. He served as Chairman of the Clear Clean Colorado Association Board, appointed to the Governor's Select Committee on Water Quality Standards for the Colorado River, member of the LCRA Task Force, and Blue Ribbon Environmental Panel for the City of Austin. His love for Texas A&M University, its Corps of Cadets, its tradition and camaraderie, has followed him through all of his business and personal endeavors throughout his lifetime. Les was Chairman and Trustee Emeritus of Texas A & M University Foundation. He was Director and Founder of the Texas A & M University Center for Education and Research in Free Enterprise, President of the Former Students Association and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A & M University. He was installed in the Aggie Corps of Honor and awarded the Sterling Evans Award. He established both the Leslie L. Appelt President's Endowed Scholarship and the Leslie L. Appelt 12th Man Endowed Scholarship He was responsible for the conception and development of the Leslie L. Appelt Aggieland Visitors Center. Les served on the TAMU President's Council and the Advisory Board of the Texas A & M Institute of Biosciences and Technology. Les's love of central Texas prompted his leadership in the Limousin cattle industry at Oak Meadows Ranch in LaGrange, Texas. He later designed and developed ColoVista Country Club, a master planned golf community along Bastrop's Colorado River. The course was honored as "Number 1 Golf Course in Texas" by Gulf Coast Golfer. Les is survived by his four children, Daren R. Appelt of Austin, TX; Rebecca A. Conkling and husband, Bill of Breckenridge, Co; Gary L. Appelt, M.D. and wife Sandi of Brenham, TX; Kenneth L. Appelt and wife Kathi, of College Station, TX; and their mother, Wilma Appelt Vickers; grandchildren and their spouses Trevor and Dawn Watts; Troy and Kelly Watts; Eric, M.D. and Connie Appelt; Carrie Ann and Andy Richardson; Amy and Jimmy Wallingford; Cooper Appelt; and Jacob Appelt. Les also had seven great grandchildren: Remy Watts, Taylor and Jordan Watts, Cole and Ashlyn Appelt, Abby Wallingford, and Luke Richardson. In addition, he is survived by 3 stepsons: Brandon, Kevin and Scott Coleman, and 3 stepdaughters Vanessa Landram, Kimberly Wise and Myra Skinner. He is also survived by an extended family of ColoVista, Oak Meadows and The Appelt Company employees including Mary Jones, Sonny and Jodi Tollett, Ernestine and Marjorie Wilkerson, Darryl and Sherry Wilkerson, Lyle and Linda Craighton, Julie Tysor, and Gary Clayton. His legacy will long continue to enrich his beloved State of Texas through his family of employees, friends and institutions. The Family wishes to thank Dr. Lance Carroll and the nursing staff who so tenderly cared for their father during his last days, and to Sue Ann Fruge and Gene Lopez whose love and care was immeasurable. A memorial service celebrating Les's life will be held at the Bush/Annenburg Presidential Conference Center, Auditorium B, in College Station, Texas, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2007 (located to the right of the Bush Presidential Library) with a reception immediately following in rooms 1011 B&C at the same location. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2007