|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1924|
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 1975|
Thanks to timcdfw, FindAGrave member (#47007927), for the transfer of John's memorial.
John married Marjorie Malone Black in 1949. They didn't have any children.
"ADVOCATE'S JOHN ALKEK DIED HERE AT AGE 51
John H. Alkek, Jr. who helped make the Victoria Advocate a state and national leader among daily newspapers in offset printing, died at 4:15 a.m. Friday in a local hospital after an illness of five and one-half months. He was 51.
A Victoria civic leader, Alkek was business manager of The Advocate and a former president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association.
Alkek was widely respected in the newspaper industry for his innovative ideas in the technology of newspaper production and was often a speaker at state and national meetings, including the national session of the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
He was a driving force in The Advocate's conversion from the hot type-letterpress production era to the cold-type-offset production stage that won recognition for the newspaper in electronic production and color printing.
The Advocate changes, coming in a period of the newspaper's greatest growth, has brought visitors from throughout the United States and Mexico to inspect facilities Alkek helped plan.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Pryor, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, Tex., with the Rev. Fred Rile officiating, with Colonial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marjorie Black Alkek; his mother, Mrs. Delia Garrett Alkek; and a brother, Franklin Alkek, all of Victoria.
Alkek joined The Advocate in February, 1949, as classified advertising manager. Besides his position as business manager, he served as secretary-treasurer of the Victoria Advocate Publishing Co. and co-owner and manager of Advocate Printing Co.
A native Victorian, he was born June 17, 1924, 1924. He graduated from Patti Welder High School and attended Baylor University before entering the service during World War II. He served three years in the Army Air Corps.
Following the war, Alkek entered Texas Christian University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in business in 1949. It was while at TCU he met his wife, the former Marjorie Black of Weatherford, Tex.
Besides serving the Texas Daily Newspaper Association as its president in 1963, Alkek also was a director, treasurer and vice-president of the organization. Professionally, he served on numerous committees and participated in many workshops and seminars.
Alkek was a football official for 15 years in Victoria and the area and was a past president of the Victoria Chapter of the Southwest Football Officials Association.
His community activities were highlighted by services as president and director of the Victoria Junior Achievement program, as a director and committee chairman of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Executive Dinner Club.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church."
Sat. Nov. 29, 1975
Marjorie Malone Black Alkek (1924 - 1999)*
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: timcdfw
Record added: Jul 11, 2008
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