obituary http://kut.org en Texas Singer-Songwriter Steven Fromholz Dies http://kut.org/post/texas-singer-songwriter-steven-fromholz-dies <p>Texas singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.stevenfromholz.com/" target="_blank">Steven Fromholz </a>died after a hunting accident this weekend near Eldorado, Texas. He was 68.</p><p>The Schleicher County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press Fromholz was shot when a rifle discharged as it fell to the ground while being transferred from one vehicle to another.</p><p>Steven Fromholz was well-known in the Austin music scene and among fans of 1970s outlaw country. He was named a Texas Poet Laureate in 2007.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:00:23 +0000 Laura Rice 9592 at http://kut.org Texas Singer-Songwriter Steven Fromholz Dies Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89 http://kut.org/post/gilligans-professor-has-died-russell-johnson-was-89 Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, has died at age 89, according to reports. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy <em>Gilligan's Island</em> endeared him to audiences who watched him build radios and generators from things like coconuts and palm branches.<p>Johnson reportedly died of natural causes today at his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash.<p>His role on <em>Gilligan's Island</em> defined Johnson's career. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:39:43 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 9579 at http://kut.org Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89 'UT Remembers' Honors Students, Staffers Lost Over the Year http://kut.org/post/ut-remembers-honors-students-staffers-lost-over-year <p>The University of Texas at Austin tower will be mostly dark tonight in honor of the 205 members of the UT community who died over the past year.</p><p>Dimming the tower is part of UT Remembers, an annual event that pays tribute to the UT students, faculty members, staffers and retirees who died in the past year. The following events are scheduled today:</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:37:54 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7604 at http://kut.org 'UT Remembers' Honors Students, Staffers Lost Over the Year Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies http://kut.org/post/rapper-chris-kelly-dies-jump-was-hit-duo-kris-kross <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010KyIQjkTk</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:35:24 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7584 at http://kut.org Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies For Thatcher, 'A Great Calm' After A Life Of Controversy http://kut.org/post/thatcher-great-calm-after-life-controversy Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister whose time leading Great Britain in the 1980s brought joy to conservatives and despair to liberals, was remembered Wednesday for "a life lived in the heat of political controversy."<p>With <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/08/176552998/former-british-prime-minister-thatcher-dies" target="_blank">her death last week</a> at the age of 87, "there is great calm" for the Iron Lady, added the bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, during a funeral service at London's St. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:11:24 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7383 at http://kut.org For Thatcher, 'A Great Calm' After A Life Of Controversy GOP Donor Bob Perry Dead at 80 http://kut.org/post/gop-donor-bob-perry-dead-80 <p>Major Republican political donor <a href="http://bobperry.us/" target="_blank">Bob Perry</a> has died. He was a Houston homebuilder but was best known for <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/campaign-finance/contributor/67666/" target="_blank">writing big checks</a> for GOP candidates.</p><p>Perry was not related to Texas Gov. Rick Perry but gave generously to his campaigns. He also supported candidates including Mitt Romney. And he gave millions to the Swift Boat Veterans campaign that helped in the defeat of then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:14:53 +0000 Laura Rice 7355 at http://kut.org GOP Donor Bob Perry Dead at 80 Public Memorial Today for UT's Darrell K Royal http://kut.org/post/public-memorial-today-uts-darrell-k-royal <p>The University of Texas at Austin community is invited to attend a <a href="http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110812aac.html" target="_blank">public memorial service</a> for Darrell K Royal today.</p><p>The longtime football coach <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/former-ut-coach-darrell-k-royal-passes-away" target="_blank">passed away last Wednesday</a>. He was 88 years-old.</p><p>The memorial service is being held at the Frank Erwin Center. The doors will open at 10:30 and the event will begin at noon.</p><p>University officials expect traffic in the area will be congested. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:18:35 +0000 Laura Rice 5618 at http://kut.org Public Memorial Today for UT's Darrell K Royal DKR Memorabilia at Auction to Benefit Alzheimer's Research http://kut.org/post/dkr-memorabilia-auction-benefit-alzheimers-research <p>An auction of Coach Darrell K Royal’s sports memorabilia, personal collections and historic artifacts is <a href="http://www.austinauction.com/auction_calendar.htm" target="_blank">happening this Sunday</a>.</p><p>The event had been planned for months but takes on new meaning after the longtime University of Texas at Austin football coach <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/former-ut-coach-darrell-k-royal-passes-away?nopop=1" target="_blank">died on Wednesday</a>. He was 88 years-old.</p><p>For fans that no longer have the opportunity to meet Coach Royal, it’s a chance for them to find a certain closeness to him.</p><p>“Before this even happened, Edith, Coach Royal’s wife Edith Royal, who is of equal importance, made the statement that she hoped that Darrells’s fans would be the ones to own these things now. She’s cherished them for a lifetime. And that was her wish that Darrell’s fans would come out and be able to share the memories by owning a piece of that history that they created," Chris Featherston, co-owner of Austin Auction, says. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 20:07:56 +0000 Laura Rice 5598 at http://kut.org DKR Memorabilia at Auction to Benefit Alzheimer's Research Former UT Coach Darrell K Royal Passes Away http://kut.org/post/former-ut-coach-darrell-k-royal-passes-away-updated <p></p><p>Longtime University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal passed away this morning.&nbsp;He was 88-years-old.</p><p>Royal coached the Longhorns from 1957 to 1976 and led the team to three National Championships. Royal also served as athletic director from 1962 to 1979.</p><p>The University honored Royal in 1996 by renaming the football stadium,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texassports.com/facilities/royal-memorial-stadium.html" target="_blank">Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium</a>. During the announcement, UT System chancellor William Cunningham said, “No individual has contributed more to athletics at UT-Austin than Darrell Royal. He is a living legend.”</p><p>Royal was the all-time&nbsp;winningest&nbsp;coach of the Longhorns.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/book-festival-2012-royal-mceachern/" target="_blank">KUT&nbsp;spoke with Royal's wife, Edith, last month</a>. She said Royal enjoyed attending UT football games long after he retired from coaching the team.</p><p>A friend of the Royal family told&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;News that plans for his memorial services are underway. The LBJ Presidential Library has set up <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/press/darrell-royal">a memorial page for Royal </a>with photos and a phone conversation between Royal and President Lyndon Baines Johnson.&nbsp;</p><p>After the news of Royal's passing broke this morning, fans used Twitter to express their reactions and condolences:</p><p>Richard Justice, an MLB.com correspondent (<a href="https://twitter.com/richardjustice">@richardjustice</a>): "RIP Darrell Royal.&nbsp; Man of integrity and humor, intimidating and kind, absolutely brilliant with people."</p><p>Brian Jones (<a href="https://twitter.com/BJ_CFB">@BJ_CFB</a>), a former UT football player and current football analyst for CBS Sports: "Thoughts and prayers to the Darrell Royal family and Longhorn Nation!&nbsp; We lost a great one!"</p><p>Cole&nbsp;Constien&nbsp;(<a href="https://twitter.com/ColeConstien">@ColeConstien</a>): "Thank you for the memories Darrell Royal.&nbsp; You have a place in every true sports fan's heart.&nbsp; Rest in peace."</p><p>Yvette (<a href="https://twitter.com/YLoTexas">@YLoTexas</a>): "Rest in peace Coach Darrell Royal.&nbsp; A great man, champion and Texan.&nbsp; The Eyes of Texas shed a tear today.&nbsp; Hook 'em."</p><p>Jeff Howe (<a href="https://twitter.com/JeffHowe247">@JeffHowe247</a>), a football reporter for 247Sports.com:"Somber start to the day with the passing of Darrell&nbsp;Royla&nbsp;at age 88.&nbsp; He's responsible for why so many cheer for the Longhorns."</p><p>Here's a statement from Governor Rick Perry on the passing of Darrell Royal:</p><blockquote><p>“Darrell Royal was a coaching icon and the face of football in the Lone Star State for a generation of Texans. His legacy can be counted in national championships, but also in his unending devotion to his university and in the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. Anita and I join Texans everywhere in mourning his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife, Edith, son, Mack, and his extended family and friends.”</p></blockquote><p>Current<a href="http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/brown_mack00.html" target="_blank"> UT Football Head Coach Mack Brown </a>also shared his thoughts:</p><blockquote><p>"Today is a very sad day. I lost a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero. College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man. I can hardly put in words how much Coach Royal means to me and all that he has done for me and my family. I wouldn't even be at Texas without Coach. His council and friendship meant a lot to me before I came to Texas, but it's been my guiding light for my 15 years here.<br><br>"Coach gave so much more to the State of Texas and college football than he took away. He&nbsp;forgot more football than most of us will ever know, including me. His impact on the game, the coaches and players, the community and the millions of lives he touched, is insurmountable.&nbsp;He will be missed in so many ways. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:11:55 +0000 Laura Rice & Kelli Ainsworth 5568 at http://kut.org Former UT Coach Darrell K Royal Passes Away Texas Pol Bob Gammage, Member of the Famed 'Dirty 30,' Dies http://kut.org/post/texas-pol-bob-gammage-member-famed-dirty-30-dies <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Gammage" target="_blank">Longtime Texas politician Bob Gammage</a> has died. He was 74. A family member told the Associated Press that he died of an apparent heart attack.</p><p>Gammage was a Houston native and represented the area in both the Texas House and Senate before being elected to the <a href="http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000036" target="_blank">U.S. House of Representatives</a> in 1976.</p><p>Gammage fought corruption as part of a group of Texas legislators <a href="http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/wmdsh" target="_blank">known as the “Dirty 30,”</a> which led a rebellion against scandal-ensnared Texas House speaker Gus Mutscher in 1971.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:26:20 +0000 Laura Rice 5057 at http://kut.org Texas Pol Bob Gammage, Member of the Famed 'Dirty 30,' Dies Astronaut Sally Ride Dies http://kut.org/post/astronaut-sally-ride-dies <p>Sally Ride&nbsp;&ndash; the first American woman in space &ndash; has passed away at the age of 61.</p><p>Ride rocketed into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. As NPR&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/23/157250870/sally-ride-first-american-woman-in-space-is-dead">notes in its eulogy</a>, Ride died in&nbsp; La Jolla, California, following a 17-month fight with pancreatic cancer.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:43:04 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4742 at http://kut.org Astronaut Sally Ride Dies Austin Soldier Laid to Rest Today http://kut.org/post/austin-soldier-laid-rest-today <p>The small home on Rundberg Lane where Juan Pantoja Navarro grew up smells of flowers. Red roses, purple azaleas and yellow daisies are piled on the floor of the front room alongside some candles and a Bible. On the wall above, a collage of pictures highlights cherished moments in the life of this 23 year-old soldier.</p><p>Sgt. Navarro was killed by an explosive device July 7 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.</p><p>Family and well-wishers crowd the tiny room as a near-constant stream of well-wishers flows into the house. Sgt. Navarro was the second youngest of 11 children. His parents immigrated to Austin from Mexico. He was one of just three in the family born in the U.S.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:08:39 +0000 Joy Diaz 4709 at http://kut.org Austin Soldier Laid to Rest Today AM Update: Austin Doctor Dies, Overturned Convictions in Texas, Youth Football World Championships http://kut.org/post/am-update-austin-doctor-dies-overturned-convictions-texas-youth-football-world-championships <p><strong>Beloved Austin Family Doctor Dies</strong></p><p>Dr. Mathis&nbsp;Blackstock, a well-known Austin doctor, died Tuesday from melanoma. He was 87.</p><p>According to his&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?pid=158383271">obituary</a>, Dr.&nbsp;Blackstock&nbsp;remained engaged with former patients and doctors at the&nbsp;Blackstock&nbsp;Family Health Center, named for him, until about two weeks ago. In the 1970s, he helped found a clinic at the San Jose Catholic Church in South Austin in order to serve underprivileged patients.</p><p>The funeral for&nbsp;Blackstock&nbsp;will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave. Dr.&nbsp;Blackstock&nbsp;is survived by three children and a wife of 63 years.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:07:40 +0000 Mary Mattia, Sam J. Ellison & Olivia Gordon 4617 at http://kut.org AM Update: Austin Doctor Dies, Overturned Convictions in Texas, Youth Football World Championships Blues Legend Pinetop Perkins Dies In His Austin Home http://kut.org/post/blues-legend-pinetop-perkins-dies-his-austin-home <p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Grammy-winner Pinetop Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen, has died at his home in Austin,Texas. His manager said woke up with chest pains and died of cardiac arrest at the age of 97.&nbsp; Perkins was a fixture of Austin blues clubs, playing regular gigs up to last month. He played the piano with an aggressive style and sand with a distinctive gravelly voice.</p></blockquote><p>Pinetop Perkins performed live at KUT&#39;s studio 1A in 2007.&nbsp; You can listen to that interview and performance <a href="http://kut.org/2008/01/january-10-2007-pinetop-perkins/">here</a>. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:57:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 972 at http://kut.org Blues Legend Pinetop Perkins Dies In His Austin Home 102-Year-Old UT Alumnus Dies In Weatherford, Texas http://kut.org/post/102-year-old-ut-alumnus-dies-weatherford-texas <p>A lawyer from North Texas who was heralded as being "America's oldest worker" has passed away in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weatherford,_Texas">Weatherford </a>at the ripe old age of 102.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:25:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 658 at http://kut.org 102-Year-Old UT Alumnus Dies In Weatherford, Texas LBJ School Internet Policy Expert Gary Chapman Dies Suddenly At 58 http://kut.org/post/lbj-school-internet-policy-expert-gary-chapman-dies-suddenly-58 <p>The LBJ School of Public Affairs <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2010/lbj-school-public-affairs-long-time-faculty-member-and-rekno">is reporting</a> that senior lecturer <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/directory/faculty/gary-chapman">Gary Chapman</a> died of an apparent heart attack yesterday during a kayaking trip in Guatemala.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 18:22:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 473 at http://kut.org LBJ School Internet Policy Expert Gary Chapman Dies Suddenly At 58