In Memoriam | January 2018

Leslie August Rasner, JD '50

Leslie August Rasner passed away November 23, 2017. The son of Robert and Clara Rasner, Les was raised in Ben Hurr before joining the U.S. Navy in Long Beach, where he taught calisthenics to the sailors. He was especially proud of his contribution to the physique of his famous student, Johnny Weissmuller—the original Tarzan. After his military service, Les returned to Waco where he married Ernestine Burns. Miss Ernie passed away in July, shortly before they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary. Less received a BBA from Baylor University, his law degree from Baylor Law School and a MBA from the University of Texas. After a stint with the FBI, Les became a professor at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business where he taught for more than 42 years. He was instrumental in forming the insurance program and was chairman of the Departments of Business Law, Insurance and Real Estate. Les is survived by his son, Blake, JD '80, and wife, Diane, JD '82; son, Brent and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Reid, Ross, Ryan, Brady, and Shannon Rasner. He is also survived by his 98-year-old brother, Gus Rasner, and his wife, Doris; as well as nieces and nephews Janine Duncan, Robert Rasner, Candy Jones, Charlie Rasner, and Eileen Meroney Melton.

Paul Thomas Jones, JD '71

Paul Thomas Jones passed away December 6, 2017. Paul was born in El Paso, Texas on February 22, 1947, to William and Alice Jones. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1971 and was a practicing attorney and CPA in Fort Worth for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and Wendy Jones; son, Austin Jones; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Justin Gould; granddaughters, Annabelle and Parker; and grandsons, Ryan and Carson.

Hon. Joseph Harold O'Bryan, JD '73

Hon. Joseph Harold O'Bryan, of Cabot, Arkansas, passed away December 6, 2017. A loving father and grandfather, Joe was a retired attorney and district judge for Cabot, Austin and Ward. He was a long-time member of Hope Presbyterian Church, in Cabot, where he served as an Elder on the Church Session. Several years ago, he became a member of First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville. Joe graduated from Cabot High School in 1967 and from the Baylor Law School in 1973 before returning to Cabot to raise his family.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Jo O'Bryan and his son, Eric O'Bryan. He is survived by his wife, Sandy O'Bryan of Cabot; his twin daughters, Jessica Wallace of Little Rock and Stephanie O'Bryan of Apple Valley, California; his sister Judy (Bob) Springfield of Schererville, Indiana; his brothers Jon (Sandy) O'Bryan of Cabot and Jeff (Kris) O'Bryan of Jacksonville; his two grandchildren, Ian and Mia Wallace of Little Rock and several nieces and cousins.

Jay C. Bobbitt, JD '75

Jay C. Bobbitt passed away November 12, 2017, in Dallas. He was born June 12, 1949 in Birmingham, Alabama to Dorsey Brown and Genevieve (Smith) Bobbitt. Jay graduated from W.T. White High School in Dallas where he was an all-state debate champion. He graduated from The University of Texas in Austin where he was on the debate team and president of Delta Upsilon. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1975. In 1976, he joined his brother's company, Bob Bobbitt Custom Homes, and soon was placed in charge of construction where he remained until his retirement in 2015.

He is survived by his brother, Bob and wife Shirley of Frisco, Texas; nephew Lance Bobbitt and wife, Julie of Frisco, Texas; and great-nephew, Jaxon Bobbitt of Frisco, Texas. Jay was preceded in death by his parents.

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.