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Gaylor Adair Jentz

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Gaylord Adair Jentz Gaylord Adair Jentz, 78, loving husband, father and grandpa, unexpectedly passed away Monday November 23, 2009. He was born in Beloit Wisconsin on August 7, 1931 to Merlyn Adair Jentz and Delva Mullen Jentz. Gaylord grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin where he went to school and graduated second in his class. He was on the tennis team and went to the University of Wisconsin at Madison on a tennis scholarship. His education was interrupted so he could serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Gaylord also became a member of the Masonic Order in 1953. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, JoAnn; daughter Kathy and husband David, son Gary and wife Pam, his twin daughter and son, Lori and Rory and his 8 grandchildren, Erin, Megan, Eric, Michelle, Emily, Javier and wife Diana, Carmen and Steve. He received his B.A., M.B.A and J.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was a professor of Business Law at the University of Oklahoma from 1958-1965. In August 1965 he saw the burnt orange beacon that led him to the University of Texas at Austin. He was a professor at UT from 1965-1998. After retirement Dr. Jentz remained active at the University providing his services as a hearing officer as well as attending the conventions of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He was the Herbert D. Kelleher Emeritus Centennial Professor in Business Law at the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Business. Dr. Jentz has been past President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Southwestern Federation of Administrative Disciplines, the Southern Business Law Association, Phi Kappa Phi (UT Chapter), and the Texas Association of College Teachers. He was the author or co-author of six monographs and sixty books and editions, including Business Law: Text and Cases. He is past editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal. Dr. Jentz has given advanced purchasing seminars throughout the United States and previously taught over the years at five regional and graduate banking schools. Dr. Jentz was the recipient of sixteen teaching, academic, and service excellence awards, including the CBA Foundation Award for Excellence in Education, the CBA Foundation Advisory Council Distinguished Scholastic Contributions Award, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Faculty Excellence Award, the Western States School of Banking Leadership Award, the James C. Scarboro Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in Banking Education (Graduate School of Banking at Colorado), the University of Texas "Civitatis" Award, and the induction into the Texas Business School (McCombs School of Business) "CBA Hall of Fame." Dr. Jentz was an avid UT fan and enjoyed attending football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball games. He served on the University of Texas Men's Athletic Council and other University Organizations. We are certain he will be in heaven on Thursday night exclaiming, Hook'em Horns and beat the Aggies. He will be sorely missed. Besides the University life Dr. Jentz helped coach his son's little league baseball teams, served as co-president with his wife of his children's band organization and volunteered numerous hours to assist people involved in those groups. Dr. Jentz was always giving of his time. He never lost his perspective on life. Gaylord and JoAnn have traveled extensively and during those travels made many friends. Dr. and Mrs. Jentz have had an amazing life and been blessed in many ways. They always made sure to remember their home state of Wisconsin by returning each year to visit relatives and friends. Having dedicated his life to teaching others, he was very proud of the scholarship funds set up at the University of Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Gaylord and JoAnn Jentz Endowed Presidential Scholarship McCombs School of Business Development & External Relations Office. 1 University Station Mail Code B6006. Austin, TX 78712 or The Gaylord & JoAnn Jentz Athletic Scholarship. P. O. Box 7399. Austin, TX 78713. Visitation will be Saturday, November 28th from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Weed-Corley- Fish Chapel. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park. Obituary and guestbook online at wcfish.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 25, 2009
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