H.R. No. 113
         WHEREAS, The city of Houston lost an admired attorney,
  educator, and civil rights activist with the death of Otis Harold
  King on November 21, 2012, at the age of 77; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Texarkana on February 3, 1935, Mr. King was
  the son of Griffin and Eula King; he grew up in the historic Fifth
  Ward and graduated as salutatorian of Phillis Wheatley High School;
  as a student at Texas Southern University, he became a star debater,
  and he and his partner, future congresswoman Barbara Jordan,
  defeated the Harvard University team in 1956; Mr. King received his
  bachelor's degree in biology magna cum laude and then served his
  country in the United States Army for two years; and
         WHEREAS, After completing his military service, Mr. King
  earned a law degree at TSU and became involved in the civil rights
  movement; he participated in numerous protests, including an event
  now recognized as Houston's first sit-in, and helped organize the
  Progressive Youth Association and coordinate demonstrations;
  during the 1960s, he also began teaching in the law school at TSU,
  and in 1970 he earned a master of laws degree from Harvard
  University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Clinical Legal
  Education; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. King was a professor at the Thurgood Marshall
  School of Law at TSU for nearly four decades; in the 1970s, he
  interrupted his distinguished academic career to accept his
  appointment by Mayor Fred Hofheinz as Houston's first African
  American city attorney; he was asked to continue in that role in the
  next administration, but he felt a profound allegiance to the law
  school and returned to TSU; during his 10 years as dean, he expanded
  the school's enrollment more than threefold and was a powerful
  advocate for its advancement; he led a student protest that spurred
  the university to construct a building for the school, and he
  traveled frequently to Austin to meet with elected officials
  regarding the funding needed to hire more faculty and enhance the
  quality of the institution; and
         WHEREAS, This talented educator resumed teaching in 1980; two
  decades later, he retired, but he continued to teach on a part-time
  basis for a number of years; he maintained many professional
  affiliations, among them the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar
  Association, and the National Bar Association; moreover, he was a
  member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the NAACP; and
         WHEREAS, Devoted to his family, Mr. King was the father of
  Byron and Corey King, and he helped raise his stepson, Joncy
  Rickett; he took great pride in his grandchildren, Jeremy, Cameron,
  Alan, and Lauren King; a man of many interests, he enjoyed sailing,
  fishing, writing poetry, and sculpting, and he was a talented
  painter whose works adorn many homes; and
         WHEREAS, Otis King made profound contributions to his fellow
  Texans through his dedication to social progress and to legal
  education, and although he will be deeply missed, those who were
  privileged to know him will long remember him for his keen intellect
  and his unyielding commitment to excellence; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Otis Harold King and
  extend sincere condolences to his many relatives and friends; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Otis King.
Straus M. Gonzalez of El Paso Oliveira
Allen N. Gonzalez of El Paso Orr
Alonzo Gooden Otto
Alvarado Guerra Paddie
Anchia Guillen Parker
Anderson Gutierrez Patrick
Ashby Harless Perez
Aycock Harper-Brown Perry
Bell Hernandez Luna Phillips
Bohac Herrero Pickett
Bonnen of Brazoria Hilderbran Pitts
Bonnen of Galveston Howard Price
Branch Huberty Raney
Burkett Hughes Ratliff
Burnam Hunter Raymond
Button Isaac Reynolds
Callegari Johnson Riddle
Canales Kacal Ritter
Capriglione Keffer Rodriguez of Bexar
Carter King of Hemphill Rodriguez of Travis
Clardy King of Parker Rose
Coleman King of Taylor Sanford
Collier King of Zavala Schaefer
Cook Kleinschmidt Sheets
Cortez Klick Sheffield of Bell
Craddick Kolkhorst Sheffield of Coryell
Creighton Krause Simmons
Crownover Kuempel Simpson
Dale Larson Smith
Darby Laubenberg Smithee
Davis of Dallas Lavender Springer
J. Davis of Harris Leach Stephenson
S. Davis of Harris Lewis Stickland
Deshotel Longoria Strama
Dukes Lozano Taylor
Dutton Lucio III Thompson of Brazoria
Eiland Marquez Thompson of Harris
Elkins Martinez Toth
Fallon Martinez Fischer Turner of Collin
Farias McClendon Turner of Harris
Farney Menendez Turner of Tarrant
Farrar Miles Villalba
Fletcher Miller of Comal Villarreal
Flynn Miller of Fort Bend Vo
Frank Moody Walle
Frullo Morrison White
Geren Munoz, Jr. Workman
Giddings Murphy Wu
Goldman Naishtat Zedler
Gonzales Nevarez Zerwas
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 113 was unanimously adopted by a rising
  vote of the House on January 30, 2013.
  Chief Clerk of the House