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64 TEXAS ALMANAC 1992-1993
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Dealey D. Herndon
Dealey D. Herndon of Austin was elected to the
Board of Directors in 1986. She was born in Dallas and is
the daughter of the late H. Ben Decherd and Isabelle
Thomason Decherd. She is an honors graduate of Hock-
aday School and the University of Texas at Austin. She
was administrator of Friends of the Governor's Mansion
from 1983 to 1984.
Mrs. Herndon has lived in El Paso, Dallas and
Austin, where she has been active in civic and non-profit
activities for the past eight years. In Dallas, she served
on the board of the Dallas County Heritage Society. In
Austin, she has been a board member of the Austin Ju-
nior League, West Austin Youth Association, the Seton
Hospital Development Board and the Pebble Proj-
ect, a child abuse prevention agency. She served as pres-
ident of the Austin History Center Association Board.
She was treasurer of the St. Andrew's Episcopal School
board of trustees and chairman of the Austin High
School Excellence Fund.
She is president and a director of the Friends of the
Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, and the executive
director of the State Preservation Board of the State of
Lester A. Levy
Lester A. Levy was born and educated in Dallas. He
attended the University of Texas at Austin until early
1943, at which time he entered the Air Force. He received
his license to practice law during 1943 while in the ser-
vice. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he joined his
father's company, now known as NCH Corporation,
while awaiting a semester change in order to take re-
fresher courses at the University of Texas. His father's
untimely death caused him to remain with the company,
where he is presently chairman of the board of directors.
Mr. Levy was elected to the board of directors of
A. H. Belo Corporation in 1985. He has served on the
boards of the University of Dallas, Greenhill School, Bay-
lor College of Dentistry, the Lamplighter School, and
was co-founder and director of the Winston School. He
has also served as a trustee for Temple Emanu-EI, Gold-
en Acres Home for the Aged and Special Care and Ca-
reer Center (formerly Special Care School for
Reece A. Overcash
Reece A. Overcash Jr. was elected to the board of di-
rectors of A. H. Belo Corpoiration in 1983. He is chairman
of the board of directors and chief executive officer of
Associates of North America, a consumer/commercial
finance company, having joined The Associates in April
1975 as president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Overcash was born and reared in Charlotte,
N.C., where he was named as "Man of the Year" in 1972.
He earned a degree in commerce from the University of
North Carolina and served in the infantry during World
He is active in many professional, civic and commu-
nity organizations and serves as director of Duke Power
Company, Aancor Holdings, Inc., and a number of other
Hugh G. Robinson
Hugh G. Robinson was elected to the board of di-
rectors of A. H. Belo Corporation in 1989. He is chief
executive officer of The Tetra Group, a construction
management firm. For more than five years prior to
that, Mr. Robinson was president of Cityplace Devel-
opment Corporation, a real estate development subsid-
iary of The Southland Corporation, and vice president of
The Southland Corporation.
Mr. Robinson was born in Washington, D.C., and
graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point,
in 1954. He earned a master's degree in civil engineering
from M.I.T. in 1959, and he holds the Honorary Doctor of
Laws degree from Williams College.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1954, following his grad-
uation from West Point, and served until his retirement
in 1983 with the rank of Major General. He received nu-
merous military awards, including the Distinguished
Service Medal. He is chairman of the board of directors
of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a member of
the boards of directors of Lomas Mortgage Securities
Fund, Inc. and TU Electric Company, among others.
William H. Seay
William H. Seay is retired chairman of the board and
chief executive officer of Southwestern Life Insurance
Company, which is one of the nation's 10 largest stock
life insurance companies.
Mr. Seay was born and reared in Dallas. He holds a
degree in business administration from the University of
Texas and served during World War II as an infantry
captain in the Army.
In 1948, he became a partner in the Dallas invest-
ment banking firm of Henry, Seay and Black. Eleven
years later he joined Universal Life and Accident Insur-
ance Company as vice president, advancing in 1961 to
Universal was acquired by Southwestern Life Insur-
ance Company in September 1968, and four months later
Mr. Seay was named president and chief executive offi-
cer of the parent firm. He continued in that capacity
until the transition to a holding-company concept in late
Mr. Seay is active in many professional, civic and
community organizations and serves as director of nu-
merous Dallas-based business firms. He was elected to
the board of directors of A. H. Belo Corporation on
March 27, 1973.
William T. Solomon
William T. Solomon is chairman, president and chief
executive officer of Austin Industries Inc., which is the
largest general contractor in Dallas and one of the five
largest contractors in the southern half of the United
States. Austin Industries is the only major contractor in
its markets that is completely employee-owned.
Born and reared in Dallas, Mr. Solomon holds a civil
engineering degree from Southern Methodist University
and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Busi-
Mr. Solomon joined Austin full-time in 1967, becom-
ing president and chief executive officer in 1970. The title
of chairman was added in 1987.
Mr. Solomon is a member of the board of directors
of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company and serves on
the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University.
He is a past chairman of the Dallas Chamber of Com-
merce and serves on the boards of directors of numer-
ous other civic and community organizations. He was
elected to the board of directors of A. H. Belo Corpora-
tion in 1983.
Thomas B. Walker Jr.
Thomas B. Walker Jr. has been a partner, either
general or limited, in Goldman, Sachs & Co., investment
bankers, since 1968. He was elected to the board of direc-
tors of A. H. Belo Corporation in 1982.
Mr. Walker is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and is
a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University.
During World War II, he sered as a lieutenant in the U.S.
Navy operating in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and
South Pacific areas.
After the war, Mr. Walker joined the Equitable Secu-
rities Corporation and moved to Dallas in 1950. He
served as senior vice president and director, Equitable
Securities (American Express Company) until 1968.
He is also a member of the boards of directors of
NCH Corporation, SYSCO Corporation, Central and
Southwest Corporation and Kleinwort Benson Interna-
tional Equity Fund.
J. McDonald Williams
J. McDonald (Don) Williams is a native of Roswell,
N.M. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in
1963 and from George Washington University Law School
in 1966, both with honors.
He practiced law in Dallas seven years until he
joined the Trammell Crow Company in May 1973. He en-
tered the firm as the partner responsible for overseas
developments and then was named managing partner in
Mr. Williams was elected to the board of directors of
A. H. Belo Corporation in 1985. He also is a member of
the boards of directors of Fidelity Union Life Insurance
Company, and he serves on the boards of Abilene Chris-
tian University, George Washington University, Pepper-
dine University and Southwestern Christian College.
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