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 Paul Edward Stallings

Paul Edward Stallings

Birth
Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA
Death 19 Jun 2008 (aged 69)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Section OD_W, Lot 453-A
Memorial ID 27763065 · View Source
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Paul passed away from complications related to myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Russell Edward and Patricia Eden Stallings. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret Dailey Stallings; his three children, Patrick Eden Stallings and wife Karen of Houston, Catherine Stallings Aragon and husband Erich of Escondido, CA, and Paul Emerson Stallings and wife Kristen of Houston; and sister, Patricia Stallings Savage and husband Jim of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicholas, Victoria and Sophia Aragon; Paul Jackson and Lee Stallings; and Isabel and Harrison Stallings. Paul was born on the 21st of September 1938 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He spent most of his childhood in Victoria, Texas and was proud to have been a product of the Texas Public School System, an education which began in the historic old Brownson Elementary School in Victoria and ended at the University of Texas School of Law. All of his life, he freely credited the dedicated teachers at every level who challenged his intellect and broadened his horizons. In 1946 his family moved to Houston where Paul graduated from Lamar High School in 1956. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was enrolled in the Plan II honors program. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honors society and Delta Kappa Epsilon social fraternity. Upon graduation in 1960, Paul was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy and served for three years as Supply Officer on the USS Fort Mandan, Norfolk, VA. At the end of his naval tour of duty he returned to the University of Texas School of Law where he served on the school's judicial court and was a member of the Law Review. After graduation from Law School in 1966, Paul and Maggie returned to Houston where he joined the firm of Vinson, Elkins, Searls, Connally & Smith. He was later to become a partner at Vinson & Elkins in 1972, and served in the firm for the next 40 years. During this time Paul became an accomplished trial lawyer. He was named to lead the Vinson & Elkins tort litigation section early in his career. He was honored by membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Paul served as Vinson & Elkins' legal advisor the role of a "lawyer's lawyer" and served on the firm's Management Committee for two decades, helping to guide the firm's growth and stature. In 1996 Paul received the Anti-Defamation League's Jurisprudence Award, recognizing his dedication to professional ethics and his community. Paul was a legal scholar and a lover and collector of books. He also was a passionate outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons. He relished good food, good wine, and the companionship of family and friends. He was always a generous host, and an engaging conversationalist. He was reared in a strongly Democratic household, and showed his colors early when he climbed on the roof of his parent's house in 1952 and nailed down a poster of Adlai Stevenson for the world to see. In later years, friendship occasionally caused him to cross party lines, but he largely remained true to his "yellow dawg" roots. Throughout his life, Paul was very proud of his occupation and his service to Vinson & Elkins. He took great pride in the many attorneys he mentored and those who became judges or went on to distinguished legal careers of their own. He stated in a recent interview, "Professionalism is excellence in all things big and small; wisdom, scholarship, and independent judgment; dedication and sustained relentless preparation; fierce candor; zealous advocacy; integrity; responsiveness and courtesy; charity toward the less fortunate; and faithful adherence to the core values of civility and honor." These were the values that shaped his professional life, and guided his personal life as well.


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  • Created by: GW
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27763065
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Edward Stallings (21 Sep 1938–19 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27763065, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by GW (contributor 46500507) .