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Wales H. Madden, Jr.
Date of Passing
Born: September 1, 1927, Amarillo, Texas
Father: Wales H. Madden, Amarillo attorney (deceased) A Harvard graduate, was actively involved in the legal practice and in the community. He served as Regional Chairman of the War Labor Board in World War II.
Mother: Kathryn Nash Madden (deceased)
Grandfather: S. H. Madden was the first District Attorney in Potter County and successfully negotiated in Chicago in the 1880s with Santa Fe Railway to bring its line thru Amarillo destined for the West Coast.
Attended Amarillo public schools
Graduated Amarillo High School with honors, 1945
Joined Navy March, 1945 and served until August, 1946. Duty in the Pacific.
Attended The University of Texas at Austin: BA-1950, LLB-1952
Married: Alma Faye Cowden (Abbie) Daughter of Clyde; Jessie Cowden, Midland, Texas
Daughter: Straughn Madden Macfarlan, married
Two children: Mac, Callie
Son:Wales H. Madden III, married
Two children: Wales IV, Hamilton
Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo
PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS
Attorney, The Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation, 1952-60
Partner, Selecman and Madden, 1965-85
Private Practice, 1985-present, albeit mostly retired
Board, First National Bank of Amarillo, 1961-1993
Member, Board of Directors, Boatman's First National Bank, 1993-1996
Reorganized after merger, then First National Bank, 1997-2002
Wells Fargo Advisory Board, 2002-2007
Mesa Petroleum Board, including predecessor board, 1967-1996
President, Amarillo Bar Association, 1957
President, State Junior Bar of Texas, 1957
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Fellows of American Bar Foundation
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Chairman, Senator Phil Gramm's Federal Judiciary Evaluation Committee, 1985-93
Chairman, Senators Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison's Federal Judicial Advisory Group,1995-2001
Member Senators Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison's Federal Judiciary Evaluation Committee, 2001-present
The genius of this Committee was Senator Gramm's determination to find qualified, conservative, honest people to accept appointment to the Federal Bench and abrogate political patronage. It worked. No other state adheres to this "Open Door" policy.
Member, The University of Texas Committee of 75, 1957-1960
Member, Board of Regents, Amarillo College, 1958-59
Member, Board of Trustees, Trinity University, San Antonio, 1962-93
Member, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, 1959-65 -appointed by Gov. Price Daniel
Member, Board of Trustees, The University of Texas Law School Foundation, 1967-present
Member, Men's Athletics Council, The University of Texas, 1974-81
Member, Development Board, The University of Texas, 1965-present (Chairman 1985-87)
President, The Ex-Student's Association, The University of Texas, 1975 and 1976, current member
Member, The Littlefield Society, The University of Texas, 1990-present
Member, Chancellor's Council (Present), The University of Texas (Chairman 1998-99)
Member, Legislative Committee on Faculty Compensation in State Universities and Colleges, 1965-69-appointed by Speaker Ben Barnes-Recommendations led to legislative authorization of faculty leaves for the first time; the creation of the Optional Retirement Program for Higher Education previously not available; and, health and life insurance for faculties.
Member, Governor's Committee on Public School Education, 1966-69-appointed by Gov. Connally
Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 1969-73; appointed by Gov. Connally
Member, Legislative Committee on State/Local Relationships in Financing the Minimum
Foundation School Program, 1969-71; appointed by Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes
Chairman, The University of Texas Centennial Commission, 1980-84. Appointed by the Board of Regents. Member, Select Committee on Higher Education, 1985-87;appointed by Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby
Chairman, Dallas Regional Selection Panel, President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 1989-90
Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on Statewide Governance of High Education, 1990
Chairman, Board for International Food and Agricultural Development and Economic Cooperation, 1990-94 - appointed by President George Bush - First person to serve as Chairman who was not a president of a university.
Chairman, William Livingston Fellowship Endowments, The University of Texas, 1994
Member, Governing Board, Amarillo National Resource Center, 1995-2002
Board Member, The University of Texas Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, 2000-present
Member, Commission of 125, The University of Texas, 2002
AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES
Amarillo Young Man of the Year, 1959
Amarillo Man of the Year, 1971
Amarillo High School Hall of Fame, 1976
Outstanding Alumnus Award, Tom Clark Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, The University of Texas Law School, 1959
International Alumnus of the Year, Phi Delta Theta, 1971
Distinguished Alumnus Award, The University of Texas, 1979
Outstanding Alumnus Award, The University of Texas Law School, 1986
1992 Presidential Citation, The University of Texas at Austin
Santa Rita Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002 selected by the U. T. System Board of Regents
Outstanding Fifty-Year Lawyer Award, Texas Bar Foundation, 2003. Five awardees each year. Selected by State Bar of Texas.
Listed in Who's Who in America
Listed in Who's Who in American Education
Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Outstanding Leadership in Higher Education, 1984
First President, Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, 1960-62 & Chairman of the drive to fund building the amphitheatre in the Palo Duro Canyon and produce "TEXAS".
Member of Partners in Palo Duro Canyon Foundation
Interviewed in U. T. Oral History Project of The University of Texas at Austin during 2006.
Interviewed in 2009 by The Alcalde for 125 years of the Texas Exes.
President, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1963
President, Amarillo Area Foundation, 1979
Co-chairman, Amarillo Strategic Area Plan, 1987-88
Member, Board of Directors, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 1967-1985, current honorary member
Member, Board of Directors, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, 1982-present(President 1988-90)
Member, Board of Directors, The Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1994-96
Co-chairman, Panhandle 2000, 1991-present
Member, Board of Directors, The First National Bank of Amarillo, 1961-1993
Member, Board of Directors, Boatman's First National Bank, 1993-
Member, Board of Directors, First National Bank, 1997-2002
Member, Board of Directors, Wells Fargo Bank, 2002-2007 Member, Constitutional Revision Commission of Texas, 1973-74; appointed by Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby
Member, Governor's Task Force on State Trust and Asset Management, 1982-appointed by Gov. William P. Clements, Jr.
Member, The Philosophical Society of Texas, 1984-present
Member, President's Export Council, 1980-85; appointed by President Reagan
Member, Citizens’ Committee on Property Tax Relief, 1996; appointed by Gov. Bush
Member, Texas Water Development Board, 1998 through 2003; appointed by Gov. Bush - appointed as Chairman by Gov. Perry 2002
Co-chairman, Friends of The University of Texas System PAC, 1998-Present
RECENT POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
State Co-chairman, Phil Gramm for U.S. Senate Campaign, 1984
State Chairman, Phil Gramm for U.S. Senate Campaign, 1990
State Vice Chairman, Bush for President Campaign, 1988
Chairman, Texas Region VIII, Victory ‘88
At-large Delegate, 1988 Republican National Convention
Envoy and representative of President Bush at inauguration of Uruguayan President Lacalle 1990
Member, National Finance Committee, Bush/Quayle '92
Member, National Steering Committee, Lawyers for Bush/Quayle'92
Member, Advisory Committee, Texas Victory ‘92
At-large Delegate, 1992 Republican National Convention
Member, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Finance Campaign Executive Committee, 1996-present
Member, Transition Team, Attorney General John Cornyn, 1998
State of Texas Co-chairman, Lawyers for Bush/Chaney 2000
National Finance Steering Committee, Bush/Chaney 2001-2009
Regional Co-chairman, Kay Bailey Hutchison for Governor 2009
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF COLLEGE ACTIVITIES
Enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, September, 1946: BA-1950, LLB-1952
Member of the following:
Phi Delta Theta - Social (Vice President)
Phi Eta Sigma - Freshman honorary (President)
Pi Sigma Alpha - Government honorary (President)
Phi Alpha Delta - Legal honorary
Cowboys -Foreman (President)
Friars - Abbot (President)
Interfraternity Council - President
Served as a Student Assistant, Department of Government
First award for Most Outstanding Male Student, 1951
President of Student Body, 1951
Intramural sports -football (all intramural team), soccer, wrestling (intramural
champion), water polo
Member, University wrestling team (club sport)
last updated May 12, 2009
U. T. System News Release, August 8, 2002
Wales Madden to Receive Santa Rita Award
EL PASO - Wales H. Madden Jr., a statewide civic leader and a former member of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, will receive the U.T. System's highest honor, the Santa Rita Award, the board announced Thursday (Aug. 8).
Madden, an Amarillo lawyer who currently serves as chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, will be presented with the award at a dinner to be scheduled this fall. He will be only the 17th person to receive the award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the U.T. System and Texas higher education generally. "The Santa Rita Award is carefully reserved for those whose personal commitments, leadership, and example undeniably enhance the mandate of the Constitution of the State of Texas 'to establish, organize and provide a University of the first class,'" said Charles Miller, chairman of the Board of Regents. "Certainly Wales Madden more than meets these criteria. He has served the U.T. System in numerous capacities with the greatest distinction for more than 50 years. Texas higher education has no more loyal friend and no more visionary supporter."
Madden, 75, served on the Board of Regents from 1959 to 1965. He has the distinction of being the youngest person ever appointed to the board, having been 32 when appointed by Gov. Price Daniel.
Madden also was a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1969 to 1973, and he has participated in several statewide education planning groups, including the Governor's Committee on Public School Education (1966-69) and the State's Select Committee on Higher Education (1985-87).
He also chaired the Centennial Commission at U.T. Austin and has served as chairman of the U.T. System Chancellor's Council, chairman of the U.T. Austin Development Board, president of the Ex-Students' Association at U.T. Austin, and a member of the Board of Visitors of U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
In addition to service related to the U.T. System, Madden has been a regent of Amarillo College, a trustee of Trinity University in San Antonio, and a member of a planning committee at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.
Madden earned two degrees from U.T. Austin - a bachelor's degree in 1950 and a law degree in 1952. He was the student body president in 1951. The Ex-Students' Association named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1979.
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The Santa Rita Award is named for Santa Rita No. 1, the first producing oil well on University Lands in West Texas. Income from the well, which produced oil from 1923 to 1990, began the historic growth of the Permanent University Fund. The original drilling rig is on display on the campus of U.T. Austin. Previous recipients of the award are Peter T. Flawn, Bob Bullock, Jack S. Blanton, Jess Hay, Larry Temple, Peter O'Donnell Jr., William P. Hobby, John Erik Jonsson, Mary Moody Northen, John H. Freeman, John W. McCullough, Cecil H. Green, Harry H. Ransom, Hines H. Baker, Eugene McDermott, and Miss Ima Hogg.