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Fellows of the Association in 1990. The TIL named him the winner of
the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he received the
Bookend Award from the Texas Book Festival. His passing has left a liter-
ary and historical void that, in a real sense, simply will not be filled.
Lawrence Graves, a former Texas Tech history professor and adminis-
trator who published "A History of Lubbock" and served as editor for
The New Handbook of Texas, died recently at his home in Katy. He was
Graves worked at Texas Tech from the mid-195os to 1983, entering
as an assistant history professor and advancing to dean of the graduate
school in 1968. He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in
1970 and interim president of the university in 1979. After he retired,
he was still a presence on campus, often visiting the Southwest Special
Collections Library to do research. "As soon as we opened the doors
he'd be walking in," said Tai Kreidler, department chairman for the
library. "He'd come in happy, excited to be there for a new day of
research and study."
Graves was most recently working on what Kreidler said would have
been his magnum opus-a biography of George Mahon, the U.S. repre-
sentative for the Nineteenth Congressional District from 1934 to 1978.
Kreidler said that Graves's work was well known and that Graves was a
respected authority. "There's not a day that goes by that people don't
come by to research the region and Lubbock and consult that informa-
tion," Kreidler said. "He was a very consummate historian, and he paid a
lot of attention to detail, but at the same time he was able to put all the
pieces of the puzzle together into a larger mosaic."
Graves was born November 17, 1917, in Perry, New York. He served
in the army during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from
the service as a lieutenant colonel. Graves received his bachelor's
degree at the University of Missouri and a master's degree from the
University of Rochester at New York. He earned his doctorate at the
University of Wisconsin.
On November 23, 1965, he married Louise Oden in Lubbock. Graves
was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the
American History Association, the Council of Colleges of Arts and
Sciences, the Organization of American Historians, the Western History
Association, the TSHA, the West Texas Museum Association, and Phi
Graves belonged to Faith West Church in Katy. He is survived by his
wife; a stepson, Marc Wolin; a stepdaughter, Lori W. Kerr; and three
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