Richard Slocomb Dick Slocomb served as San Jacinto College's founding chairman of the board of trustees in 1960.
Dec. 28, 2007, 8:18AM
Richard Slocomb, 84, helped found college
Arts building on Pasadena campus is named for him
Richard "Dick" Samuel Slocomb, who saw a need for a community college in southeast Harris County TXand helped spearhead the creation of San Jacinto College, has died. He was 84.
His hard work and dedication to the school resulted in a fine arts building at the central campus in Pasadena TX being named after him.
An insurance company owner, Slocomb and a group of others planted the seed for San Jacinto College.
"They put the idea together and executed it. It was a lot of work," his son, John Slocomb, said Thursday. Dick Slocomb served as the college's founding chairman of the board of trustees in 1960.
Slocomb served on the board until 1971 when then-Gov. Preston Smith appointed him to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. At the end of his seven-year term, the board passed a resolution thanking him for his time and hard work.
"His clear head, practical approach to problems, unquestioned integrity and unfailing good humor have earned him not only the respect, but the affection of the members of the board," the resolution read.
College for anyone
Wayne Slovacek, a San Jacinto College trustee, said Slocomb emphasized wanting an affordable community college.
"He wanted to be sure that anyone that wanted to go to college could go, and it wouldn't be too expensive," Slovacek said.
Slocomb founded and operated Slocomb Insurance in Galena Park TX in 1948. The insurance company remains in business today. In 1968, Slocomb also organized and served as chairman of the board of Universal Savings and Loan until the institution was sold in 1981.
John Slocomb said his father last month was inducted into the Hall of Honor for distinguished graduates of C.H. Yoe High School in Milam County,TX where his father was born.
"I listened to all of them (inductees) talk and all were highly successful. I think it was because they didn't want to come back to Milam County and have to farm," John Slocomb said.
Dick Slocomb also was involved with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and its barbecue cook-off.
Chili cook-off champ
He was named the grand champion chili chef at the 1972 Texas Chilympiad and that same year placed third at the World Championship Chili Cook-off in Terlingua TX.
Slocomb was born Aug. 23, 1923, in Milam County TX to Don B. and Edna Maud Slocomb. He grew up in Cameron TX and graduated from Yoe High School where he served as president of the class of 1942.
At the University of Texas at Austin, he met his future wife, Jane Thompson. The two were married on June 26, 1948.
After their marriage, Slocomb graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown.
He retired from his insurance business in 1984 and moved to Boerne TX.
Slocomb died Christmas Day at his home in Fair Oaks Ranch after a yearlong battle with leukemia.
Slocomb was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, in 1987.
Aside from his son and daughter-in-law, Constance, of Livingston, Slocomb also is survived by his wife, Marsha Beckett, whom he married in 1990; daughter, Lucy Slocomb Thompson and her husband, John, of Livingston; stepson, Casey Dobson and wife, Diana, of Austin; stepdaughters, Michelle Bryant and husband, Marty, of Fair Oaks Ranch, and Shannon McCracken of Bandera; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Boerne TX. Graveside services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at City Cemetery in Taylor, TX next to his first wife.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Southwestern University Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, Texas, 78627-0770; or another charity.