The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 37
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Eleven Years--A Summing Up
JOE B. FRANTZ*
O NE DAY IN THE SPRING OF 1966, THE LATE HARRY H. RANSOM
called me into his office and said that in view of the increasingly
serious illness of H. Bailey Carroll, I should be prepared to become di-
rector of the Texas State Historical Association. I protested that I was
up to my ears in unfinished projects and saw no way I could assume
But few people could be as persuasive as Ransom, and I left his office
with a promise to become director at the beginning of May-right after
annual meeting. I also said that I would take the position for three
years, absolutely no longer.
Now eleven years have passed, and I think that-even with my im-
perfect sense of time-I have made good on my three-year pledge. So in
the years ahead, if I ever stand up here in front of you again, it will be
as a civilian, a former director. My resignation was accepted this after-
noon at the business meeting, and as of August 31 of this summer I will
no longer be officially connected with the Association, though I ex-
pect to hang around the periphery as a supporter until my resignation
from all earthly endeavors becomes permanent.
As of right now, you are looking at one of the freshest lame ducks
In one respect I was correct. I didn't really have time for the direc-
torship, but with the help of people like Tuffly, Ken, Bob, Colleen,
Barbara, Ruth, Janie, Mary, and Eldon-to name only nine of my more
enduring colleagues-and with the forbearance of my family and the
graciousness of the officers and members of the Association, I have sur-
vived till tonight. In my own way I have proved once again that you
always have time for anything that needs doing.
*The following is the text of an address delivered by Joe B. Frantz at the annual
meeting banquet, March 3, 1977, announcing his resignation as director of the Texas State
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