Thomas Battle

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Thomas Peyton Battle, 70, passed April 3, 2013 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in the Houston Medical Center. His final weeks were spent surrounded by his family after having undergone a lung transplant approximately one month earlier. Tom was born August 20, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia to Carlos and Lillian Battle. He attended Kilgore High School in Kilgore, Texas. He continued his education, graduating with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1964. In 1967, Tom was granted a juris doctor from the University of Texas. Following graduation from law school, Tom began working at in various engineering, planning, legal and management positions at Exxon USA and Exxon Minerals. In 1982, Tom left Exxon to become the General Counsel of Mitchel Energy & Development Corp., retiring in 2002 as the Senior Vice President - Legal and Governmental Affairs. Following retirement from Mitchell, Tom worked part time with the law firm of King & Spalding, LLP and then as an arbitrator. Tom also served on various charitable boards, including as Chairman of the Board of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion; Montgomery County United Way, and L'Alliance Francaise - Houston Chapter. Tom was an avid runner, artist, traveler and foodie. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Battle; his daughter, Christine and her spouse, Simon Longbottom and their two children, Peyton and Alex of Perth, Australia; his daughter, Kelly and her spouse, Tom Schmidt, and their children, Cate and Charlie of Houston, Texas; and his brother, Jack Battle and his family of Austin, Texas. At Tom's request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, memorial donations may be directed to St. Luke's Foundation, in memory of Thomas P. Battle, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Transplant Fund, P.O. Box 20269 (MC3-206), Houston, TX 77225. Please make checks payable to the St. Luke's Foundation or visit their website at Please note that all donations will benefit the Thomas P. Battle Memorial established by the family.

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