Heritage, Volume 7, Number 4, Fall 1989 Page: 32
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The Texas Historical Foundation
Board mourns the passing of its
longtime friend and supporter, Cecil
E. Bumey. Mr. Burney was born in
Reisel, Texas and reared in Bishop.
He attended Texas A&I University
and was graduated from the University
of Texas at Austin where he
received his law degree. Mr. Burney
was a resident of Corpus Christ for
fifty-two years where he was active in
civic, political, business and historical
circles. His activities extended to
area, state, and national work.
He served as president of the
Texas Historical Foundation and
chairman of the Texas Historical
Commission from 1970 to 1974. At
the time of his death, June 11, 1989,
he was chairman of the board of
Friends of the Courthouse, Inc. and
active in the Nueces County Historical
Commission and Nueces County
Historical Society, all in Corpus
Christi. He and former Attorney
General John Ben Sheppard were
the only two persons in Texas to
receive plaques designating them as
individual "Historical Landmarks."
Mr. Burney will be greatly missed
in historic preservation circles.
Residents of Four Seasons Nursing Center received a Citation of Merit at the annual meeting for their hours
of volunteer work assisting with Foundation mailings.
OPPOSITE: Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Bryan.
J.P. BRYAN TO LEAVE
At the annual meeting in July, J.P.
Bryan announced his intention to leave
the board and to relinquish the editorship
of Heritage magazine in order to devote his
energies to his other interests.
Mr. Bryan has given generously of his
time, energy, and resources to the Foundation
over the past ten years. He was president
of the THF from 1983 to 1986, chairman
of the board from 1986 to 1987, and
Chairman of the Fundraising Committee
from 1988 to 1989. He was a driving force
behind Heritage magazine, serving as editor-in-chief
since its inception. With his
support the magazine has expanded and
improved and is currently the leading
popular magazine promoting historic preservation
In his remarks to the board, Mr. Bryan
expressed confidence in the current leadership
and board of the Foundation. He
thanked the board for the ten years of
friendship and progress that he has enjoyed
with the Foundation and promised to
continue to help the Foundation in any
way he can. Mr. Bryan is very active in
other Texas historical associations and is a
leading collector of Texana.
On behalf of the board, President Bill
Bailey accepted the pending resignation
with regret and offered the sincere thanks
of the Foundation for all that Mr. Bryan has
done to promote the preservation of Texas'
links with the past.
32 HERITAGE * FALL 1989
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