In Memory
  Jack Pope
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins citizens
  across the state in mourning the loss of the Honorable Jack Pope,
  a beloved and revered citizen who died on February 25, 2017, at
  the age of 103; and
         WHEREAS, Jack Pope was born on April 18, 1913, in Abilene,
  and graduated from the Abilene public school system; in 1934,
  he earned a bachelor of arts degree from Abilene Christian
  University, and in 1937, he earned a law degree from The
  University of Texas at Austin, where he was editor of the Texas
  Law Review; and
         WHEREAS, While in Austin, Jack met Allene Nichols, a fellow
  recent graduate; they married on June 11, 1938, and they soon
  moved to Corpus Christi; Jack began practicing law with his
  uncle, W. E. Pope, but like so many patriots, he postponed his
  career to serve his country during World War II; he joined the
  United States Navy and served with distinction as a cryptologist
  in Washington, D.C.; and
         WHEREAS, In 1964, he was elected to the Texas Supreme Court,
  and in 1982, Governor Bill Clements appointed him chief justice
  of the Texas Supreme Court; Justice Pope presided on the bench
  for 38 years and is among the longest-serving judges on the state's
  high courts; and
         WHEREAS, Among his many accomplishments on the bench,
  Justice Pope initiated new procedures for handling grievances
  against attorneys, promulgated the Texas Rules of Judicial
  Education, wrote the first jury handbook, and sponsored the
  creation of the Texas State Law Library; he worked with judicial
  colleagues to establish an Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts
  program, which provides civil legal services to more than 100,000
  poor families across Texas, and he was also considered an expert
  on matters of complex water laws in Texas and the southwestern
  United States; and
         WHEREAS, After he retired, he developed the Jack Pope Fellows
  Program at Abilene Christian University to provide scholarships
  to students interested in careers in public service; he has been
  honored as an Outstanding Alumnus of both Abilene Christian
  University and The University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010,
  the State Bar of Texas honored him with the Lifetime Achievement
  Award; and
         WHEREAS, Above all things, Jack prioritized matters of
  family; he shared 66 years of marriage with Allene, and he built
  on to their home to take care of his in-laws after Allene's father
  suffered a stroke; Jack was blessed with two children, three
  grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, who were a source
  of immense pride and joy; and
         WHEREAS, Jack Pope was a highly respected member of the
  community, and he made immeasurable contributions to the Texas
  Judicial System; in 2014, the Texas Supreme Court Historical
  Society published Common Law Judge:  Selected Writings of Chief
  Justice Jack Pope of Texas, a collection of essays and opinions
  and a biography of this truly distinguished Texan who has left
  behind a proud and lasting legacy in the Lone Star State; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved
  family of Jack Pope; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  his family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas
  Senate and that when the Senate adjourns this day, it do so in
  memory of Jack Pope.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 9, 2017, by a
    rising vote.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate