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Thomas Black Obituary
1928 - 2016
Thomas Black, age 88, died Sunday, September 18, 2016. He was born August 1, 1928, in Austin, Texas, to Alzada Bowman Black and Charles Lund Black. He attended Austin Public Schools and graduated from Austin High School in 1945, attended Northwestern University from 1945 to 1946, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1949. Tom received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1952. He was an Assistant Attorney General from 1952-1955 and again in 1973-1974 and was engaged in private practice in Austin from 1955-1974. He was president of the Travis County Bar Association in 1972 and was the first chairman of the Austin Human Relations Commission. He served on the faculty of St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio from 1974 to 1988.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother,
Charles L. Black, Jr., and his sister, Betty Hatchett. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Black, whom he married in 1972, and his three children from a prior marriage:.son, Thomas Woodruff Black and wife, Annetta Black, of Austin, Texas; daughters, Lucy Ann Black and Lisa Alzada Coulter, both of Harlingen, Texas. Three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family is eternally grateful to the staffs of The Cottages at Danny Kaye and Heart-to-Heart Hospice for the loving care they provided. At Tom's direction there will be no funeral but rather a gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life, which celebration will be held at a future date. Tom wanted these to be the final words in his obituary:
"In a world of doubt and cynicism he remained steadfastly loyal to the music and memory of Bix Beiderbecke and to the New York Yankee baseball team, and he was proud to be a lifelong liberal Democrat."
Published in Express-News on Sept. 23, 2016
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