In Memoriam | December 2017


 

Galen Robert "Bob" Alderman, Jr., JD '79

Galen Robert "Bob" Alderman Jr., was born November 6, 1954, in Richmond, Virginia, to parents Galen Robert Alderman Sr. (also known as Bob) and Eleanor Alderman. He passed away November 4, 2017. His parents predeceased him in death.

He is survived by his partner and soulmate of 32 years, Kaye; his four children: Amber (Jon) Williams Trickey, Robby (Sara) Alderman, Katie (Fabian) Alderman Salazar, and Cole (Robin) Alderman; four grandchildren, Gage, Kimber, Rowan, and Gracie McInna; his brother Frank and wife, Wanda, of San Antonio: and many nieces and nephews.

Bob went to Churchill High School in San Antonio (1972), Baylor undergrad (1976), and Baylor Law (1979). He graduated from law school at just 23 years of age and came to Lufkin to join the Zeleskey Law Firm, where he practiced for 35 years before forming a partnership with Bob Cain and Erika Neill in downtown Lufkin in 2014.

He was as passionate about his practice as he was about his family – a strong oak, with flexibility and strength combined. He left no detail unfinished for his clients and law partners, and for the most part, he did it all on a legal pad. He believed in paper, not digital information – something tangible and tactile that could not be deleted. His passion was Barefoot Ranch, his horses and the work he loved to do there. He wanted to do the work – the mowing, repairing the fence, preparing the hay meadows, caring for the horses. He found purpose in the completion of a task, done the "right way." He explained that his work as a lawyer was never finished, never truly completed, it was an ongoing calling and service to his clients. In contrast, when he mowed a pasture, and finished, he could see the fruit of his labor and felt fulfilled.

He served his community in many ways. He was active in the Volunteer Services Council, Noon Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Angelina County Bar Association, Texas Associate of Defense Counsel, State Bar Foundation, Leadership Lufkin, YoungLife, Baylor University Alumni Association, Crown Colony Country Club Tennis Association, First Christian Church, and coached youth baseball and soccer.