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Chapter Eternal

Frank Sherwood Jr. ’48 entered Chapter Eternal on January 17, 2021. Shortly after enrolling at the University of Texas in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Frank was in boot camp when World War II ended and then served as a discharge petty officer at the Naval Air Station in Norman, Okla. He later served as Sgt. 1st Class in the Army engineer reserve unit in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Korean conflict. When Frank returned to UT, he completed his degree in architectural engineering while serving as Gamma Iota’s president and as a member of the Silver Spurs service organization. The greatest fortunes in his life were his 55 years of marriage to Eleanor Wade Curtis and their four children and eight grandchildren. Frank’s 70-plus-year career in building design and construction included working with Thos. S. Byrne Inc., Harwell Hamilton Harris, Champlin Petroleum Inc., American Airlines, Conlee & Sherwood, Geren Associates, Karlsberger Assoc. Architects, and All Saints Episcopal School. He was a registered professional engineer and was named an honorary member of the Texas Society of Architects. He served in many civic positions and was recipient of the Rector’s Award at All Saints Episcopal Church.

G. Douglas Duwe ’61 entered Chapter Eternal on August 17, 2020, in Austin, Texas. He was born on August 1, 1939, in Albany, N.Y.

Michael Hinton ’63 entered Chapter Eternal on October 1, 2020, while surrounded by his loving family. He enjoyed practicing law, playing drums, and being a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Known to his legion of friends as “Uncle Mike,” he also earned the nickname of “Machine Gun” for his high-energy, hard-charging, non-stop pursuit of justice while an assistant district attorney in Harris County. Mike’s long career began in 1967 as a prosecutor in Amarillo and continued with his move three years later to Houston, when he was hired by Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance. One of Mike’s many accomplishments in the district attorney’s office in Houston was being instrumental in helping form the Special Crimes Bureau. He was a charter member from its inception in 1972. As a prosecutor, Mike was active in the Texas District and County Attorney Association. He played a major role in drafting the new Texas Penal Code in 1974. He remained a member of that association’s foundation board until his death. In 1978, Mike went into private practice. He took the same trial skills, zeal, and passion for seeking justice into the defense of his clients. He formed a criminal defense firm together with close friend Johnny Pizzitola and Bob Sussman. The firm later became Hinton & Bailey, LLP, the second named partner being Joe Bailey, who Mike met as a young prosecutor. The two enjoyed a close friendship and partnership for many years. Mike had four children while in college and law school: Kimberley, Michael John Jr., Lucinda, and Charla. His love for his wife, Dodie, was a love as big as Texas and he demonstrated that every day they were together.

Peter Lowry ’64 entered Chapter Eternal on January 31, 2021, in Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Mary, had three daughters and three grandsons. Pete attended Austin Public Schools, graduating from McCallum High School in 1959. After earning his bachelor’s degree from UT, he went on to graduate from the University of Texas Law School in 1968, where he was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. He was a member of the Sigma Delta Chi honorary journalism fraternity and Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity. He was also a member of the Austin Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association, and he was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Pete served as a briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas. He then practiced law for nine years with the Austin firm McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore. In 1977, he was appointed by Governor Dolph Briscoe as judge of the newly created 261st District Court of Travis County. He was re-elected to five four-year terms, always without an opponent. Pete was elected by his fellow judges as a local administrative judge and served in that capacity for seven years. After his retirement from the bench, Pete joined with Judge James R. Meyers and John Coates to practice dispute resolution in the firm of Meyers, Lowry and Coates. Pete enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, collecting old books and antique prints, and spending time at his Blanco County ranch.

Alumni News

Robert Sturdivant ’67 is still working as CFO for Quintana Minerals Corp. He lives in Houston, Texas. Email: bsturdivant@quintanaminerals.com

Christopher Buerger ’87 has worked in education for over 20 years, as an English teacher, principal, and superintendent. He lives in Georgetown, Texas.

Chris Clark ’98 and his family live in Taft, Texas, where their ranch, Circle Double C Ranch, is home to some of the biggest longhorns in the world. They also have the current largest 5-year-old cow, which measured 96 inches on her 5th birthday. Email: cclark@clarkpipeline.com

Ted M. Wittek ’04 enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachelle, and their two children, Leighton and Warren. They recently welcomed a Labradoodle named Maverick into their lives. Ted and his family live in Austin, Texas. He is the executive director at Valerian Home Health and Hospice in nearby Round Rock, Texas. Email: ted.wittek@gmail.com

Recent Donors

Tom Mast ’60
Cleveland G. Clinton ’75
Brent Dickey ’90
Todd W. Kurio ’91
Bryant McKenzie ’15
Luke M. Anderson ’16

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