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In Memoriam

Mary Bernadine Lahey Miller

Mary Bernadine Lahey Miller passed away on Dec. 13, 2018. She was a devout Catholic and generous supporter of the University of St. Thomas. She was a member of the Siena women’s organization at UST, a longtime active organization named for St. Catherine of Siena, who was known for her extreme humility and charity. Many members of Siena have generously contributed to UST through their estate plans. Scholarships are still awarded today because of their visionary contributions and generosity. The organization established a scholarship endowment.

Miller was a former president of Siena and participated for almost 50 years until the group disbanded. She lived within a mile of the University and remained involved until her death.

Tom H. BassTom H. Bass

Professor Emeritus Tom H. Bass passed away on March 3, 2019. Bass, a third-generation Houstonian, was a longtime member of the Department of Political Science at University of St. Thomas.

He was also a state legislator and a Harris County Commissioner, and he spearheaded the creation of the Houston metro area’s 911 system. The Greater Harris County 911 Emergency Network Building bears Bass’ name. He is the only professor in Houston to have a park named after him. Tom Bass Park is located at Highway 288 and Beltway 8.

“Bass was attracted to politics because of his interest in public service and public good,” UST Professor of Political Science Jon Taylor said.  “He made a real contribution. This person got into politics in the early ‘60s inspired by John Kennedy. In fact, he was inspired not just Kennedy’s politics but because Kennedy was a Catholic as well.”

Randa Kerr Davis

Randa Kerr Davis passed away on April 8, 2019. She was the granddaughter of T.P. Lee, the second owner of UST’s Link-Lee Mansion. Randa grew up in Link-Lee and was the owner of Jiggs, the dog who is rumored to be buried somewhere on the University campus.


Robert Brinson Bass  ’66
February 11, 2018

Earl Eugene Bosche Jr. ’64
December 1, 2018

Dr. Karen Hahn
wife of former theology professor, Dr. Paul Hahn
February 10, 2019

Rev. William “Bill” Kelly
April 22, 2019

William “Bill” Lassiter ’54
art collector for UST
February 10, 2019

Anna Lewis
mother of Maria Younger ’05, Ed.D., program manager
October 14, 2019

Gary Joseph Lidiak ’67
former Alumni Association Board of Directors member
November 4, 2018

Rev. Elizabeth Daggett
Simmons Masquelette ’76
November 20, 2018

Josephine Camarda McLeod
wife of Haywood McLeod ’56 and sister of Joanne Hanson Camarda ’56
April 14, 2019

Donald Patton MBA ’89
March 30, 2019

William F. Pohl III ’84
December 14, 2018

John Anthony Raia ’48
October 8, 2018

Hugo Reyes
staff member who served the UST community for over 25 years
April 6, 2019

Antonio Baladad Rillera Jr. ’78
January 12, 2019

Timothy Martin Shannon ’74
January 27, 2019

Rev. William John Sheehan, CSB
UST librarian 1968-1975
November 25, 2018

Robert Allan “Bud” Shivers Jr.
former member of the UST Board of Directors
January 8, 2019

Frank Talamantes ’66
October 8, 2018

Charles “Andy” Vazquez ’75
former student body president
October 24, 2018

Bernard Wayne Vogelsang ’63
April 13, 2019

Eric Waligura ’99
January 1, 2019

Chessley Lanier White ’74
December 12, 2018

Marilyn Joan Withey ’62
December 17, 2018

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