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Jack Keating Ayer

November 11, 1918 - November 16, 2012
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Jack Keating Ayer, passed away peacefully and went home to the Lord on November 16, 2012 at the age of ninety-four. Ayer was born on November 11, 1918, to Annes and Fred C. Ayer in Seattle, Washington. In 1927, the family moved to Austin, Texas, where his father became the head of the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas. He attended elementary and high school in Austin and then The University of Texas School of Law, from which he graduated in 1941. He passed the state bar that same year. Shortly thereafter on December 31, 1941, he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the base...
Jack Keating Ayer, passed away peacefully and went home to the Lord on November 16, 2012 at the age of ninety-four. Ayer was born on November 11, 1918, to Annes and Fred C. Ayer in Seattle, Washington. In 1927, the family moved to Austin, Texas, where his father became the head of the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas. He attended elementary and high school in Austin and then The University of Texas School of Law, from which he graduated in 1941. He passed the state bar that same year. Shortly thereafter on December 31, 1941, he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the base intelligence office at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas. A few months later, Corporal Ayer was sent to Officer's Candidate School at Harvard University, and following graduation as a second lieutenant, he was immediately assigned to a medium bombardment combat group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was there that he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia McNamara, also from Austin. In September 1942, he was shipped overseas aboard the British ship, the Queen Mary. After a short stay in England, Lieutenant Ayer's combat group participated in the invasion of North Africa on November 8, 1942. He landed near Oran, Algeria. With his bombardment group, he was stationed at several Allied air bases in North Africa, and while located at a base near Constantine, Algeria, he suffered a leg injury and spent several weeks in African hospitals before being returned to the United States to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Following completion of treatment there, he was assigned to an air base in the Fort Worth/Dallas region, where he served as base intelligence officer and trial judge advocate until the war's end, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. Upon his return to civilian life in 1945, he was named an assistant attorney general of the State of Texas and served for two years in Austin. In 1947, he joined former Texas Governor James V. Allred in the general practice of law in Houston. Several years later, Governor Allred was appointed to the federal bench. Ayer then became executive assistant to the president of Trans-Texas Airways and was appointed to the board of directors. Trans-Texas was succeeded by Texas International, which ultimately merged with Continental Airlines. Ayer was also counsel for the San Jacinto River Authority. In 1973, Ayer took early retirement from the airline as senior vice president of legal and governmental affairs and became general manager of the San Jacinto River Authority. The Authority owned and operated Lake Conroe in conjunction with the City of Houston, as well as extensive canal system out of Lake Houston that served various industries near the Houston Ship Channel, including Exxon. The Authority was also instrumental in developing the water system for The Woodlands, as well as water conservation practices. Ayer was active in sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as a golfer. He also engaged in buying ranch land in his favorite area-the Texas Hill Country. In 1990, he retired as general manager of the San Jacinto River Authority. After retirement, he was named president of a large condominium project in Colorado and later chairman of an air charter operator at Hobby Airport in Houston. Ayer is survived by his wife of seventy years, Patricia McNamara Ayer; his daughter, Suzanne Kubin, and her husband, Dan Kubin; his son, Jack Keating Ayer, Jr.; his four grandchildren, Jeffrey Kubin, Jennifer K. Alexander, Ashli Ayer, and Trevor Ayer; his three great grandchildren, Juliet Alexander, Luke Alexander, and Noelle Alexander; and his nieces, Annes Baker and Jane Casiraghi. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 29th at 1 PM, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030 or Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, 7809 Shadyvilla Lane Houston, TX 77055.

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