July 2018

Cecil William Emerson, LLB ’65

Cecil William Emerson passed away July 1, 2018. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on November 2, 1934. Emerson graduated from North Texas State (now UNT) in 1962 and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. From there, he attended Baylor Law School and graduated in 1965. Emerson held many positions throughout his long career in law, beginning and ending in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where, as Chief Felony Prosecutor, he handled many high profile cases. In between his work as a prosecutor in the DA’s Office, Emerson held positions with the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as the Regional Director of the Federal Drug Abuse Law Enforcement Agency, and in the U.S. Justice Department as assistant of the special counsel to President Nixon during Watergate.

Emerson was not only a proud United States Army Veteran (1954-1956), but was a member of many organizations, namely the American Judicature Society, the National District Attorney’s Association, and the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Emerson was an avid reader of western novels and historical biographies, sometimes going through an entire book in a day. Over the years, he shared special bonds with his beloved German Shepherds and Black Lab (Kate, Victoria, and Kathe) and had a great fondness for horses. Emerson was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Joan, in 2011. He is survived by his five children, Caro Goettee and husband George of Houston, Brooke Emerson of Dallas, Cecil Christopher Emerson of Dallas, Lindsay McCrary and husband Scott of Rockwall, Chase Emerson of Dallas, and two grandchildren, Heather Goettee of Houston and Cameron McCrary of Rockwall.

Godfrey R. Sullivan, Sr., LLB ’51

Godfrey R. Sullivan, Sr., 97 years young, passed away on July 9, 2018, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Austin, in the company of his wife, Viola Sullivan.

Sullivan had a full and fascinating life. He was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and grew up working on his grandfather’s oil rigs. As the son of an early executive of General Motors, he moved constantly through the U.S., living in Lawrence, Dallas, Detroit and Los Angeles. At age 17, he joined the US Navy and served for 10 years as a Chief Petty Officer on PBY sub-chasers. He was the sole survivor of one airplane crash in Hawaii, and one of two survivors of a PBY crash in the Panama Bay. He served in Hawaii at the time of Pearl Harbor, and was stationed throughout the South Pacific for the duration of the war. During a trip home to Highland Park, he met the lady of his dreams, Viola W. Jensen, and they married in 1943.

At the end of WWII, he returned home and graduated from Baylor University Law School. He practiced law in Waco for thirty years, and was active in the Fidelis Masonic Lodge. Sullivan loved his family, their farm, and their Quarter Horses. He was a long-term member of St. Alban’s Church in Waco.

Sullivan was preceded in death by his daughter, Augusta Sullivan James.

Survivors include his loving wife, Viola Sullivan; his daughter, Meredith Perkins and husband, Wesley, grandsons, Ross, Scott and Donovan Perkins, as well as seven great grandchildren; and his son, Godfrey R. Sullivan, Jr., and wife, Suzanne, and daughters, Hayley and Shea Sullivan.

William H. Roberts, LLB ’67

William H. Roberts passed away July 7, 2018 in Lubbock. He was born May 26, 1943 to Rowena and William H. Roberts, Jr, who preceded him in death, as did his brother Jack. He is survived by his three daughters, Robin Going (Scott), Allison Evans (Kirk) and Lindsey Roberts, and their families. Bill graduated from Garland High School in 1961, from Baylor University in 1965 and Baylor Law School in 1967, and served as a defense attorney in Dallas for over 40 years. In 2017 he was recognized by the State Bar of Texas for fifty years of service. He sincerely valued his many friendships within the Dallas legal system, many of which lasted over decades. He truly loved what he did, and fulfilled his lifelong wish to spend time at the courthouse and the golf course for as long as possible. Bill treasured his wide network of friends, including many dating back to his years in Garland and at Baylor, where he was President of Taurus social club. As a resident of Dallas throughout his adult life, he maintained many friendships throughout the Dallas area. Finally, Bill had great memories and friendships in Brady, Texas, where his parents lived and where he regularly played in their Memorial Day golf tournament. And certainly, Bill loved his family. He was blessed earlier in life with two daughters who blessed him with four grandchildren, Sarah, Scotty, Carter and Jack. Later in life, he was blessed with another daughter, Lindsey. All of us, while saddened that his time with us was cut short, are thankful for having had him in our lives. Bill's life will be celebrated by his family with a private service. However, we pray that all who knew him will celebrate his life through their memories of him and through kindness shown to others.