Baylor University Mourns Passing of Distinguished Public Servant and Alumnus Jack Hightower

August 4, 2013
Judge Jack E. Hightower (LLB '51) was a distinguished public servant, serving as a State Representative, State Senator, U.S. Congressman and Texas Supreme Court Justice. He also served Baylor as a Trustee. (Photo courtesy of the Jack E. Hightower Collection, Baylor Collections of Political Materials, Poage Library)

Baylor University and Baylor Law School are mourning the passing of distinguished public servant, alumnus and former University trustee Jack E. Hightower, BA '49, LLB '51. The former State Representative, State Senator, U.S. Congressman and Texas Supreme Court Justice died Aug. 3 in Austin following a long illness. He was 86.

Hightower will be buried at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St. in Austin, with a reception to follow. Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

"A great man, a gifted public servant, and a wise and discerning judge has passed from our midst," said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. "Justice Hightower was a lover of knowledge, and on top of his many accomplishments (his dear Colleen and his family being foremost, as he always noted), he was an accomplished and respected bibliophile. He loved and collected books for their intrinsic value as repositories of knowledge and wisdom. The Judge's craft as a bibliophile is a sadly disappearing avocation and we have lost one of its exacting practitioners."More

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