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Earl R. Truax, Jr., age 88, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in San Antonio. A native of Sac City, Iowa, Earl graduated magna cum laude from the University Of Minnesota School Of Journalism in June, 1948. Earl served in the US Army Air Corps in 1943-1946. After working in a Minneapolis advertising agency for three years, Earl was hired to build a promotion department for the St. Paul, Minnesota, newspapers. Earl served as promotion director for the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press from 1951 to 1961. In 1961, Earl was recruited by the Miami Herald newspaper to build a promotion department. He served in that capacity for 7 years. The NFL Miami Dolphins professional football team asked Earl to join them in charge of promotion in 1968, two years after they entered the Miami market, and at a time when they were struggling to make ends meet. Earl accepted the challenge, and worked with the team through the undefeated season of 1972 and into 1973. At this point, Earl returned to the newspaper field by joining the San Antonio Light as promotion director for the next 17 years, retiring in 1990. Earl continued to make his home in San Antonio. He served as president of the Kiwanis Club of San Antonio (1979-80), and as an original member of Sonterra Country Club. Earl's barbershop singing career began in Miami in 1961 when he visited a meeting of The Miamians. He earned a silver international chorus medal with them in 1964 and a gold international chorus championship medal with the Miamians in 1965. After moving to San Antonio in 1973, Earl sang with The Chordsmen. He was honored as barbershopper of the year in 1977. Earl transferred his allegiance to the Heart of Texas chorus in 2004 and remains an active member today. He has participated with HOT in four international chorus barbershop singing contests, placing as high as 9th in international competition in 2008. Over the years, Earl also sang lead in three barbershop quartets, but was best remembered for the ten years with "Vintage 21" in San Antonio. Earl helped his wife, Bonnie, start the San Antonio Low Vision Club in 1997, and Owl Radio, a radio reading service, in 2002. Bonnie preceded Earl in death August 13, 2009. Survivors include their son, Scott, his wife Margaret, and granddaughter Stephanie.
AUGUST 4, 2012
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Barbershop Harmony Society, harmonyfoundation.org, or the San Antonio Low Vision Club, 1250 NE Loop 410 Ste. 525, San Antonio, TX 78209.
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Published in Express-News on July 17, 2012