Robert Felton Freeman (LLB ’65), 79, of Midland, passed away on July 20, 2014. Freeman was born April 19, 1935 in Lamesa to Lucille and Lorenzo Daily Freeman. After graduating from Klondike High School in Dawson County, Freeman worked for Gulf Oil Corp. He was a student at Texas Tech from 1955-1958. After three years at Texas Tech, he entered the United States Army in November 1958. He was with the 1st Missile Battalion, 41st Field Artillery (Honest John) Regiment on the Czechoslovakian border during the Cold War. He was an operations intelligence specialist and calculated mathematical coordinates to put nuclear warheads in place. He was stationed in Germany for two years and was released from active duty in February 1962. After farming for a year, he entered Baylor Law School. While attending Baylor, he was active in student government, serving on the Board of Governors of the Student Bar Association, and secretary/treasurer of his senior class. He was also a member of Delta Theta Phi, the national law fraternity. He was admitted to the Texas Bar Association in December 1965, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U. S. Western District of Texas. He practiced general, civil, and criminal law in state, federal, and appellate courts, and provided probate, personal injury, and family law to many clients. He came to Midland shortly after his graduation. He worked for a year as a member of the Kerr, Fitzgerald, and Kerr Law Firm, and was appointed assistant district attorney on May 16, 1966. He was assistant district attorney for three years before opening a private law practice in 1969, housed in the Petroleum Life Building until 1975. His former law partners were the Hon. John G. Hyde from 1975 to 1990, and J. Brian Martin from 1982 to 1990. He re-opened a private practice again in May 1990. He was a member of the Midland County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He was a member of the Waco Masonic Lodge 92 and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was a past member of the Midland Scottish Rite Association. While there was never room for any gray areas in his life, he appreciated the black and white letter of the law and remained steadfast and true to his convictions and traditions. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Doris "Suzy" Freeman; stepdaughters, Melissa McGlothlin King of Colorado and LizBeth McGlothlin Frazier and husband, Steve Frazier, of Colorado; brother, Jimmy Freeman of Lamesa; and sister-in-law, Mrs. L.D. (Margaret) Freeman of Lubbock; grandchildren, Tyler Gray, Erin Frazier, Matthew Frazier, Allison Frazier Ashley and her husband, Allen Ashley, all of Colorado; great-grandson, Levi Ashley; nieces, Crystal, Melony, Jill, Julie, Sandra, Rhonda, and Linda. He also is survived by stepchildren, Stephanie and husband, Mark Wilson, and their daughter, Reve, of San Antonio; Hillori Hager of Dallas; and Aaron Hall of Midland.
Ronald David Helton (JD ’73), 65, of Albany died Aug. 5, 2014 in an Abilene hospital. Helton was born in McLennan on July 24, 1949. He was the only child of John David and Imogene "Jean" (Mesaros) Helton. He received his undergraduate and JD degrees from Baylor University and Baylor Law School, respectively. He served as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Air Force, and then followed a course charted by his great-great-great grandfather, Judge J.K. Helton, as a dedicated corporation lawyer. In recent years, Helton worked primarily for H.R. Stasney & Sons, Ltd. doing title work on the Cook Ranch in Albany. Helton was an avid photographer and Baylor Bears fan.
Anthony "Tony" Gentry Riddlesperger (LLB ’54), 81, passed away on Aug. 7, 2014 in Dallas. He was born on Aug. 14, 1932 in Corsicana to Hobart Clark and Aline Gentry Riddlesperger. He attended Highland Park schools and graduated from Brown Military Academy in San Diego. He received both BA and JD degrees from Baylor University and Baylor Law School, respectively. He served two years in the Unites States Air Force on the Judge Advocate General’s staff. Following his service with the military, he was employed as a staff attorney with Gulf Oil Corporation in Houston. Following his employment with Superior Oil, he was a partner in the law firm of Jones, Stephens, Bell, and Willey. In 1976 he accepted a position in Dallas as vice president and chief counsel of Grace Energy Corporation and remained with Grace for 34 years. He is survived by his wife. Jane Johnston Riddlesperger, and sons John and Dan Riddlesperger; sister in law Katherine Hawthorne; and a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Riddlesperger was a member of the Dallas, Houston, and American Bar Associations; the Association of Attorney Mediators Inc.; the Panel of Commercial Arbitrators; and the American Arbitration Association. Following an appointment by Gov. William Clements, he served 10 years on the legal Committee of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Business Law Foundation. He was president of the Thomas J. Rusk Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a founding Elder of Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston and a founding member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas.