Baylor University Poage Library

In Memorium - Judge Jack Hightower

September 6, 1927 - August 3, 2013

The Poage Library family lost a dear friend and benefactor at the passing of Judge Jack Hightower on Aug. 3, 2013. A lifelong bibliophile, Hightower donated his collection of signed editions and Lincoln books to Poage Library. In 2008 the Hightower Book Vault was dedicated and now contains thousands of his books. The Judge began donating his papers more than 25 years ago.

Hightower served Texas as a state representative and senator, U.S. congressman and Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in a career that spanned more than 60 years.

Memorials may be made to the Hightower Book Fund, which will allow Poage Library to expand the Judge's signed book collection. Videos of the Judge, including his memorial service, can be viewed at