JOHN EARL BAGALAY Jr.
1933 - 2014
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Bagalay, John Earl, Jr. John died in Austin, TX early on Saturday morning, November 29, 2014, of heart failure, just one week after moving to Austin from Cambridge, MA. He was born in San Antonio, TX on September 22, 1933, to John Earl Bagalay Sr. and Katherine Ainsworth Bagalay. John's family soon moved to Houston. Growing up in Houston he graduated from Lamar High School, then three years later graduated from Baylor University. He then attended Yale University and graduated with a PhD in Philosophy in 1957. Dr. John Silber, who had also attended Yale with him, was then an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas and recruited John to teach philosophy at UT as well. While teaching philosophy he decided to also get a law degree from the University of Texas, which he did in 1964. After law school he joined Baker & Botts law firm in Houston, TX. While there he met his first wife, Carla Rohr and they were married in 1967. Their only child, Christopher Dow Bagalay, was born in Houston in 1969. After Baker & Botts, John served as General Counsel of Texas Commerce Bank. Then in 1985 John Scanlan recruited John back to Austin to be General Counsel of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). In late 1989 John again answered the call of Dr. John Silber and accepted a new role of Managing Director of Boston University's Community Technology Fund. John married his second wife, Judy Cunningham Elliman in December 1989 and they moved to Boston, then Cambridge in 1991. John led the BU Community Technology venture fund and served on the board of several companies from 1989 – 2006. Since 2006 John served as Chairman of the Board of Wave Systems, an Executive in Residence for EuroUS Ventures, and Senior Vice President for Launch In Us Alliance. John leaves behind his devoted wife, Judy Bagalay; son, Christopher Bagalay of Austin; stepchildren, George T. Elliman, Julia S. Elliman, of Austin and Peter B. Elliman, his wife, Cheryl and their children, Daphne and Julia Elliman of San Carlos, CA. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3rd at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4th at All Saints Episcopal Church, 207 West 27th Street, and graveside services will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, TX at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5th, 2014.


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Published in Boston Globe from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2014.
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December 3, 2014
I have worked for John and Judy for 6 years as there Landscape Gardener in Cambridge Ma, I always enjoyed my interactions with John. He was a very nice and kind gentlman.
All Gardens Inc. Brett Mason / Henry Goldfarb
December 7, 2014
Dear Chris, We were so saddened to hear of the death of your father. We only learned of it today. Please know that we are holding you in our prayers. Laurence and Rosanne Becker, Austin, Texas, Dec 6, 2014.
Laurence A Becker
Friend Of Chris
December 3, 2014
We send our love to Judy and the family. John was a smart, interesting, kind, fun, considerate person, who shared with us many delightful stories, and who will be missed by us and by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Martha, Glenn, Stuart, Tyler, and Hannah
Martha Davis
Friend
December 2, 2014
Very sad to hear the news. John was a true gentleman and a very interesting conversationalist. I enjoyed my annual visits by telephone while arranging his table at Saratoga on Travers weekend. I will miss that tradition. Arthur Seeligson
Arthur Seeligson
Friend
December 3, 2014
The twinkle in his eye, and his hearty laugh , a quick wit and caring personality. And a joie de vivre will be greatly missed.
RICK ILER
Friend
December 7, 2014
Dear Judy,

My fondest thoughts are with you. I am saddened to read that you have lost your wonderful John. He and John Silber are among my favorite memories at UT. Please call me when you are in Houston. I would love to catch up. Are you planning to live in Austin? Much love to you, George, Julia and Peter. Ann Corbusier Heesch Coates
December 4, 2014
Dear Judy and Family,

Our most sincere condolences on the big loss of John.
I am so sorry, we did not get to go to dinner before you departed Boston.
Much Love and our thoughts will be with you and your family,
Vera and Charles Tashima
December 4, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. May God keep fast hold of you with his right hand during this difficult time.
McLaurin
December 2, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort, comfort you at this difficult time. 2 Cor. 1:3
December 2, 2014
Goodbye old UT classmate. Always a bit older and more gentle than the rest of us your friendship added a lot to my attendance at the first Eyore's Birthday, Bob Venable's salon's for visiting musicians and the random pitcher at Sholz Garden. A dose of the gentlemanly conduct of those times (which John represented) would not be a bad idea for today's young strivers.
Vince Guarino
December 2, 2014
My sympathy to your family during this time of grief.
J L
December 2, 2014
May the bereaved family be comforted by reflecting on the many wonderful memories that you can cherish forever. You have my sincere condolences.
December 2, 2014
To the Bagalay family. We will remember Dr. Bagalay always. A true gentleman through and through. Condolences to you all. Deb-Austin
December 1, 2014
I will miss johns laughter and John joie de vivre. I enjoyed many conversations through the years.
I Share his family's grief and they are in my prayers
RICK ILER
December 1, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the family. May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow. Psalms 119:76
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