By:  Turner                                            S.R. No. 506
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2        WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is proud to
    1-3  recognize W. D. "Bill" Fitch for his many contributions to
    1-4  College Station; and
    1-5        WHEREAS, Born in Dallas, Texas, on September 25, 1921, he
    1-6  was the son of James P. Fitch and Georgie K. Fitch; Bill attended
    1-7  Dallas public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School
    1-8  where he had been an honors student for four years and president of
    1-9  the State Assembly of Pan American Student Forum; and
   1-10        WHEREAS, He attended Texas A&M University, class of 1942,
   1-11  and served his country with valor in the United States Army as a
   1-12  Captain in Field Artillery from 1943 to 1946 in the China, Burma,
   1-13  and India Theatre; and
   1-14        WHEREAS, While he was serving in the Armed Forces,
   1-15  Bill Fitch met and married Gail Marie Todd in 1944; and together
   1-16  they created a warm and supportive environment for their three
   1-17  children; and
   1-18        WHEREAS, Mr. Fitch began his career in the general
   1-19  construction and home construction business in 1947 and continued
   1-20  until 1960; he served his community as a College Station City
   1-21  Council member and served two terms; during that time he and other
   1-22  members were instrumental in passing the city's first ordinances
   1-23  providing for curbed and paved streets, as well as complete water
    2-1  and sewer development in all new subdivisions; and
    2-2        WHEREAS, During the 1960s through the early 1980s, he
    2-3  acquired land in south College Station where he developed many
    2-4  subdivisions, donated 19 acres for Bee Creek Park, and chartered
    2-5  and began developing Southwood Valley, Incorporated; and
    2-6        WHEREAS, This newer community encompassed over 1,000 acres
    2-7  of homes, apartments, commercial and professional businesses,
    2-8  churches, schools, parks, and a regional hospital; and
    2-9        WHEREAS, To many of his fellow residents Bill Fitch will
   2-10  always be "Mr. College Station" because he and his family have
   2-11  been strong advocates in promoting and supporting College Station
   2-12  and all the activities that help create a better environment for
   2-13  the community; and
   2-14        WHEREAS, This distinguished gentleman has supported his
   2-15  community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Bank of A&M,
   2-16  as Director of the College Station Industrial Foundation, as
   2-17  Housing and Development Advisor-Brazos Valley Development Council,
   2-18  and as a member of the College Station Independent School District
   2-19  Board of Trustees; and
   2-20        WHEREAS, A man who enjoys the company of his fellows,
   2-21  Mr. Fitch is also a member of the Brazos Valley Shrine Club and
   2-22  the College Station Kiwanis Club; he has retired and is enjoying
   2-23  his leisure time in Wise County on a 400-acre ranch that his
   2-24  grandparents owned; and
   2-25        WHEREAS, The many and varied accomplishments of this
    3-1  outstanding civic leader have contributed greatly to the progress
    3-2  and development of College Station and the State of Texas; he is
    3-3  certainly worthy of legislative recognition; now, therefore, be it
    3-4        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
    3-5  74th Legislature, hereby congratulate W. D. "Bill" Fitch on his
    3-6  career of service to his city and state; and, be it further
    3-7        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
    3-8  him as an expression of highest regard from the Senate of Texas.
    3-9                               ______________________________________
   3-10                                       President of the Senate
   3-11                                    I hereby certify that the above
   3-12                               Resolution was adopted by the Senate
   3-13                               on March 22, 1995.
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   3-15                                       Secretary of the Senate
   3-16                               ______________________________________
   3-17                                        Member, Texas Senate