April 29, 1926 - Sept 7, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Herbert Folsom (Jack) Hewett, 86, died Sept. 7, 2012, after a long illness. Jack was a longtime business lawyer and civic leader as well as a loving, generous, and hardworking husband, father, and friend. His lifelong love of history, travel, and culture (particularly literature, music, sculpture, and theater) was balanced by his dry wit, his playful humor, and his love of jokes. He was also an avid and competitive athlete, who enjoyed tennis, squash, and swimming. Born in Durant, Oklahoma, on April 29, 1926, Jack was the second son of Henry and Orilla Hewett. In June 1944, he joined the Navy V-12 program until his honorable discharge in 1946, and he subsequently served in the Reserves for several more years. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1947 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in English. He then attended Yale Law School, where he chaired the Thomas Swan Barristers' Union. After graduating from Yale with an LL.B. in 1950, Jack worked as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Chandler. During an illustrious legal career that spanned six decades, he served as a partner at several law firms he helped to found, including Speck Fleig Hewett & Hines, Fagin Hewett Mathews & Fagin, and Day Hewett Timmons & Federman. A mentor and friend to many colleagues, Jack leaves a legacy of professional acumen, integrity, and respect that inspired others professionally and personally. His civic commitments included serving as an appointee on the Oklahoma State Election Board in the early 1960s and the Oklahoma Securities Commission several years later. His interest in the arts led him to serve on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Symphony and the Mummer's Theater. He was also a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club and the Economic Club. In addition to his many business and civic achievements, Jack was especially proud of his four daughters, often sharing his joy in their accomplishments with colleagues and friends. Jack is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Lois Hewett (known professionally as Lois Gauger); and their two daughters: Heather Hewett, of Sleepy Hollow, NY; and Margo Hewett, of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by his first wife, Robina Burroughs; and their two daughters: Vanessa Wardi, of Atlanta, GA; and Mara Hewett of Oklahoma City. He has five grandchildren. A private family graveside service was held on Sept. 10 at Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 NW 13th Street. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, or online at (www.specialolympics.org\donate).http://www.specialolympics.org" target="_blank"> www.specialolympics.org
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 16, 2012