|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1909|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1995|
Services for Albert B. Alkek, 85, of Bandera,
who died Wednesday in a San Antonio hospital, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Bandera with the Rev. Don Lee and the Rev. Russell Matthews officiating. Burial will follow in St. Christopher's Episcopal Cemetery.
Born July 23, 1909 in Houston, Mr. Alkek had been a resident of Bandera for 25 years, formerly residing in Victoria. He was owner of Alkek Oil Company. He was a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Bandera and was a commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and served on numerous boards of directors.
He married Margaret McFarland on May 14, 1934 in Austin. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Margaret Williams of Houston; a son, Albert "Bill" Alkek Jr. of Houston; two sisters, Maggie Cattan and Kathryn Talveel, both of Victoria; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Albert B. Alkek, 85, Texas Philanthropist
Published: March 06, 1995 by the New York Times
Albert B. Alkek, an oilman and philanthropist whose $77 million helped expand the nation's largest hospital complex, died on Wednesday in San Antonio. He was 85 and lived in Bandera, Tex., about 40 miles west of San Antonio.
The cause was a fall in which Mr. Alkek struck his head, said Sheriff James MacMillan of Bandera County.
Mr. Alkek, a college dropout, turned his attention in the 1930's to the infant Texas oil industry, which eventually brought him wealth and distinction as a patron of the state's health care, education and arts.
He spent 17 years working for Pierce Petroleum until it was bought by the Sinclair Oil Corporation in 1948. His new boss, Harry Sinclair, helped him form his own oil company, the Sinclair Alkek Company. Together, the two men built the state's first petroleum products pipeline.
Mr. Alkek bought Mr. Sinclair's interest in 1952, and the company became the Alkek Oil Corporation, now based in Houston. In 1987, Forbes magazine estimated Mr. Alkek's net worth at $310 million.
Among his donations were ones to expand the nation's largest hospital complex, the Texas Medical Center in Houston, including a $25 million gift to Baylor College of Medicine, $22 million for Texas A&M University's Albert B. Alkek Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and $30 million for the Albert B. and Margaret M. Alkek Hospital, which is scheduled to open next year at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Margaret Williams of Houston; a son, Albert Jr., of Houston, and two sisters, Maggie Cattan and Kathryn Taweeh, both of Victoria, Tex.
SAT 03/04/1995 HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Section A, Page 34, 2
Houston mourns today oilman-philanthropist Albert Billy Alkek who died this week at the age of 85.
Alkek was born in Houston but grew up in Victoria. The grandson of a Lebanese immigrant named Kiek, Alkek amassed a fortune estimated at $430 million and was listed in 1993 as the fourth-richest Houstonian and 20th-wealthiest Texan.
But what truly honors Alkek's memory is the good to which he put his fortune for our city and its citizens. In a 1988 interview, Alkek commented: "You can't wear but one suit, and you can't eat but three meals a day. What are you going to do with your money except help others?" And help he did.
Among the many charitable acts by Alkek and his wife, Margaret, have been:
A $30 million gift to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for a 550,000-square-foot patient-care center and a 1988 gift of $25 million to Baylor College of Medicine.
A 1992 gift of about $15 million to create the Albert B. Alkek Institute of Biosciences and Technology, a Texas A&M University facility on the old Shamrock Hotel site.
Two 1988 gifts of $1 million each to the Houston Grand Opera Endowment and to the University of Houston-Victoria for scholarships.
Nothing quite measures the esteem of a person like the respect paid him by the respected.
"When it came to giving back to our city and helping others, no one did more to make a difference than Albert Alkek," said former President Bush. "His selfless efforts, especially in support of our outstanding medical community, will touch countless lives for years to come."
Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, chancellor of Baylor College of Medicine, termed Alkek "a humanitarian in the finest sense of the word."
And M.D. Anderson President Charles A. LeMaistre paid tribute to Alkek's "unselfish commitment to future generations."
Houstonians of today and tomorrow owe much respect to Albert B. Alkek.
Margaret McFarland Alkek (1916 - 2005)
Margaret McFarland Alkek (1916 - 2005)*
Saint Christophers Episcopal Church Cemetery
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