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Pat S. Holloway Pat S. Holloway, son of Sterling C. Holloway and Jean Holloway, died on Friday, February 10, 2012. He was born May 17, 1931 in Brownwood, Texas. His parents moved to Fort Worth in 1936. He attended public schools in Ft. Worth, Texas Country Day School (now St. Marks) in Dallas, and graduated from Paschal High School in Ft. Worth in 1948. During high school in Ft. Worth, he had a part time job as a steel turret lathe operator in a manufacturing plant that paid 75 cents per hour; and in the summers, beginning in 1941 when he was 10 years old, he worked on various ranches in West Texas and Colorado, where his highest paying job was $50 per month plus room and board. In the summers of 1946-1947 he worked in the wheat harvest that went from Texas through the Midwest to Canada, and picked oranges in Southern California with other migrant workers for 6 cents per field crate. In 1948 Holloway entered Yale University, where he was on the Dean's Honor List and joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1949 he married his childhood sweetheart, the former Linda Wickett of Ft. Worth; and in 1950 he entered the University of Texas under an accelerated program allowing him to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in 6 rather than 7 years. He graduated first in his UT Law School Class of 1954. He was Grand Chancellor, Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review, Moot Court Semi-Finalist, a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and won the annual prize for best and most law review writing. After graduation, he joined the firm now known as Thompson & Knight, then the oldest and largest law firm in Dallas. He became its youngest partner 5 years later, working in oil and gas, securities, litigation and tax law areas. In 1965 he and Marshall Simmons, son of the managing partner at the Thompson Knight firm, left to form their own firm, Holloway & Simmons. Beginning in 1954 when few lawyers with large law firms in Dallas admitted openly to being Republicans, Holloway worked actively in the Dallas County Republican Party that elected the first Republican Congressman from Texas since the Civil War, and that was pivotal in electing Republican John Tower to the U.S. Senate. He was the first campaign chairman, in the 1964 senatorial primary race in Dallas, of his friend George H. W. Bush. In 1974, Holloway formed Humble Exploration Company with total initial capital of $2,440. Humble initially ran private oil and gas drilling programs for about 20 individual investors. These drilling programs were successful from the start, and for the next successive 8 years while he continued to run it, Humble more than doubled its oil reserves, its oil production, and its income each and every year. Humble, as operator and co-owner with some large industry partners, became the largest developer of the Giddings Oil Field, the last major onshore oil field found in Texas during the second half of the 20th Century. By 1980, Humble as operator was producing more than 12,000 barrels of oil per day. By 1981 Humble was running 15 drilling rigs and 10 completion rigs, and during that one year drilled more than 100 wells, only four of which were dry holes. In 1979 Holloway had formed Sterling Pipeline Company with proceeds of a small personal bank loan. Through it, he built a large gas pipeline and gathering system for gas produced from the Giddings Field, and became the partner with Phillips Petroleum Company of a cryogenic gas processing plant for the gas produced in the Giddings Field. It continues in operation to the present day, now processing gas from the Eagle Ford Shale Play. Holloway was the founder and original Chairman of the Board of the American Paralysis Association in 1980, and its largest financial contributor. During his tenure it was the largest non-governmental funding source in the United States for medical research to cure traumas and diseases of the central nervous system. In his later years, Holloway, working as an attorney, represented an old friend, Gene Wright, an independent oil man in Tyler, in whistleblower lawsuits filed on behalf of the U.S. Government against all the major oil and gas companies for underpayments of royalties on federal and Indian lands. These have recovered more than $500 million dollars for U.S. taxpayers. Holloway's father and Emmett Shelton developed a rugged area in the Hill Country west of Austin that is now the City of West Lake Hills -- which they incorporated. As a young man, Holloway helped his father cut through heavy brush and cedar a route for a new road -- which they named The High Road. The High Road ran from West Lake Hills Drive, the only paved road in the area, up to the top of a previously inaccessible hill. There the Holloways built their home. Throughout his life, Holloway sought to take the high road. Therefore, beginning belatedly in 1998, he voted as a populist Democrat for the remainder of his life. Holloway, who resided at 10231 Pinehurst Drive in Austin at the time of his death, is survived by his wife Brenda Joyce Holloway; four children: Marcy Holloway, Patrick Lee Holloway, Stacey Holloway, and Shelly Holloway Cruz; eight grandchildren: Storm Holloway, Morgan Holloway, Mason Holloway, Ian Patrick Holloway, Brooke Ann Holloway, Gabriela Cruz, Alexis Cruz, and Jada Baxter; a sister, Joan Whitworth; and a nephew Mike Holloway. His first child, Catherine Gail Holloway, died in 2005. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749, 512-892-1172. Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 13, 2012
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