HOUSTON – Texas counsel and University of Texas champion Joe Jamail died early Wednesday morning in Houston due to complications with pneumonia, according to KVUE’s news partners during a Austin American-Statesman.
Jamail, famous for his “swearing, swash-buckling style,” donated to both UT’s academics and athletics, the Statesman reported. The Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center is named in his honor.
Known as a “King of Torts”, Jamail is best famous for a $3 billion allotment he scored on interest of Pennzoil opposite Texaco in a 1980’s. Jamail continued to work in his Houston use adult until his death, and was deliberate by many as a biggest counsel in a country.
“He wasn’t fearful of anything. it wasn’t since he was abounding and powerful. He finished adult apropos abounding and absolute since he wasn’t fearful of anything. He would only not take no for an answer and a jurors bought it each time he walked into a courthouse,” pronounced John Spong, a crony and author for Texas Monthly. Spong worked on a form on Jamail dual years ago, and pronounced he didn’t find one speak theme who pronounced anything disastrous to contend about him.
Mark Yudof, a former chancellor of a UT School System, worked with Jamail on a famed Pennzoil case.
“Joe was a leader, and we was one member of a team. He was unequivocally a pleasure to work with. He was as tough as nails in a courtroom, and spellbinding. He could examine and find people’s weaknesses, and he could find a right account of a box to interest to a decider and jury,” Yudof said. “Joe was remarkably easy to work with. He was nobody’s fool, though when he hired experts to be partial of a team, he listened to them unequivocally carefully, and many mostly he was prone to follow their advice.”
Part of a reason: his scandalous generosity. Dating behind to 1987, a Joe and Lee Jamail Foundation donated over $232 million to several munificent causes and universities, many notably the University of Texas.
“Joe was simply a titan of support for a university and his fixed invulnerability of UT over so many situations over so many years, and his financial support has only been unequivocally unmatched among a alumni community,” pronounced Leslie Cedar, a CEO of Texas Exes, a school’s alumni association.
“He was terrific. we was law propagandize vanguard in a ’80s and early ’90s, and I worked with him. My primary interest: he done pretentious gifts to UT Law School. we know there were gifts to nursing, and athletics. And that was Joe. He was unusually generous,” pronounced Yudof, a former boss of a University of California and University of Minnesota. Jamail was also worshiped for his discerning wit.
“He was an amazingly humorous man. He used to tell people he flunked torts during UT Law School. One day we looked adult his record and we called him. I pronounced ‘Joe, we didn’t flunk torts.’ Joe was unequivocally bright, he was not a bad tyro during all. He pronounced ‘Dean, if we tell anyone, I’m never giving we another dime.’ And that was Joe Jamail,” Yudof said.
Bill Hall, manager of a Longhorns 1969 National Championship team, recounted another humorous Jamail story.
“I’ve listened this from Coach (Darrell) Royal, so we consider I’m revelation it right. Joe was over during (then-UT President) Bill Powers house. They were carrying some kind of large dinner. And Joe was sitting there, and he lights adult a cigarette. And somebody discretely goes over there and says “Oh, Mr. Jamail, we wanted to let we know that President Powers doesn’t concede smoking in a house.’ And Jamail answers ‘Well he does tonight!'” Hall pronounced with a laugh. “That is Joe Jamail. we meant that guy, he was only one-of-a-kind. You only never knew what he was going to say.”
The school’s football field, aquatics core and a building during a law propagandize is named in his honor. He was a unequivocally tighten crony of former coaches Darrell Royal and Mack Brown, vocalization with both on a near-daily basis.
“I know his Coach Royal was something that we all admired. And that’s unequivocally since we desired Joe, only since Coach Royal cared so many about him,” Hall added. He recounted a story of how Jamail and Coach Royal met.
“Coach Royal was recruiting a tackle when we was a comparison in 1969, Bobby Wuensch, who finished adult being an All-American tackle. Ultimately, Bobby was being recruited out of Houston. And Bobby’s mother’s best crony was Lee Jamail, Joe’s wife. During that recruiting process, Coach Royal met Joe Jamail. And they incited Bobby Wuensch from going to Texas AM to a University of Texas, that incited out to be a good thing for everyone… Coach Royal determined his loyalty with Joe Jamail. Coach Royal and Edith were unequivocally tighten friends with Joe and Lee from that time forward,” Hall said.
Hall pronounced Jamail was also instrumental in creation certain a 1969 group stayed in touch.
“He was a good crony to many of us, and he did so many for a inhabitant championship team. He helped us on a reunions a series of years, when he brought us all behind together. Coach Royal would put something together, Joe would come, and we’d only have a smashing time. He spent a lot of income assisting us get behind together,” Hall said.
“He was ungodly and pleasant and totally a non-conformist. He only did his thing. And he didn’t caring what people thought, and happened to be extravagantly successful during a same time,” pronounced Cedar.
On tip of that, he’s obliged for appropriation several scholarships, many particularly during a school’s nursing department.
Cedar spoke rarely of his influence.
“He’s a same as Walter Cronkite going to UT or so many others who have turn a unequivocally tip of their profession. He’s desirous thousands of undergraduates and law propagandize students to come here and work as tough as they can, and go out and trust they can do anything that they wish to,” Cedar said.
Fellow hearing counsel Stephen McConnico remembers how Jamail sat and celebrated his hearing when he was only starting out.
“He desired presenting a story to a jury, and he had some unequivocally good ideas on how to benefaction my story better,” McConnico said. “That’s a memory that unequivocally stands out. I’ve famous him for 35 years. He truly desired what he did. To contend he was a happy counsel is an understatement.”
Spong discussed how his upbringing played a purpose in his success.
“Some of a other Houston lawyers who knew Jamail good and for years talked about how flourishing adult as a tiny Lebanese kids in a 20s and 30s, he compared with a loser for that reason. What Jamail said, he grew adult during a Depression and he saw a approach people radically had their self-respect taken from them by not carrying anything. And he saw a approach that some people had money, and some people didn’t. And he saw a approach how a people who had a income lorded it over a people without. So he was vigilant in going out and protecting a folks that didn’t have,” Spong added.
The same thoroughness and integrity he exuded in a courtroom carried over to his UT fandom, where he was a consistent participation around a football team.
“When he was during a football game, a thoroughness on a diversion was remarkable. He did not wish to have any tiny talk. He was not there for any light conversation, he was there to unequivocally combine on a game. He knew a lot about a players, a coaches, his courtesy was totally focused on a football margin and what was going on. Same as his thoroughness in a courtroom” pronounced McConnico.
Joe Jamail was 90. At a time of his death, Forbes estimated his net value to be north of $1.6 billion dollars.
UT affiliates reacted on Twitter shortly after a news:
So contemptible to hear about a flitting of Joe Jamail. He is a loyal Longhorn Legend.
— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) December 23, 2015