|Birth: ||Dec., 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 2012|
Joe L. Allbritton, the founder of Allbritton Communications - the parent company of KTUL Tulsa's Channel 8 and POLITICO - died Wednesday, just 17 days shy of his 88th birthday.
Mr. Allbritton was born in D'Lo Mississippi, on Dec. 29, 1924, in the company hospital of the timber company where his father ran the general store.
He was the sixth of seven children.
In high school and later at Baylor University, Mr. Allbritton developed the debating skills that he used to great advantage in law school and in business He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Baylor University, where he was celebrated as a national champion debater.
He and his wife Barbara were major contributors to scores of philanthropic, educational and artistic institutions, including Washington's Kennedy Center and Arena Stage. He has given to hundreds of charitable causes through the Allbritton Foundation, including Baylor Medical School, the Allbritton Art Institute, the Oxford Scholars, and the establishment of the International School of Law, which has become the George Mason Law School in Virginia.
"I remember when I was a boy, my father asked me if I was going to give to a particular cause that was coming on. I said, 'Dad, I've only got a dollar.' He grabbed my arm and squeezed it and said, 'Son, if you won't give when you've got a dollar, you won't give when you've got a million'," he said.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and son, Robert, along with grandchildren, Alex and Katherine.
A funeral service is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 17th of December, at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Laurens A. Hall, Rector, and the Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and former Dean of the National Cathedral, are officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the service.
In mid-January, a memorial service is to also be conducted at the Washington National Cathedral.
In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, contributions in memory of Mr. Allbritton may be directed to the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University, 5615 Kirby Dr., Suite 650, Houston, TX, 77005; or to the Bobby R. Alford Educational Center at Baylor College of Medicine, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX, 77030.
Memorial Oaks Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 12, 2012
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