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Quinn, J. M. “Mike” Jr., 76; newsman for The Dallas Morning News in Washington when Lyndon Johnson became president; went on to teach journalism at the University of Texas at Austin for 37 years; in Katy, Jan. 22, 2006.
Ragsdale, Charlotte, 57; longtime Dallas civil rights activist and local Democratic political figure; in Dallas, April 7, 2007, from cancer.
Raillard, Raymond, 85; helped found the outdoor drama Texas staged each year in Palo Duro Canyon; in Canyon, Jan. 1, 2002.
Ramsey, Buck, 59; one-time cowboy who became nationally acclaimed poet and musician; in Amarillo, Jan. 3, 1998.
Rangel, Irma, 71; Kingsville Democrat was first Hispanic woman elected to the Legislature where she served for 26 years; advocate of higher education; in Austin, March 18, 2003.
Rao, Raja, 97; award-winning author who wrote Kanthapura in 1938, considered the first major Indian novel written in English; in Austin, where he was UT emeritus professor of philosophy, July 8, 2006.
Ratliff, David W., 82; a West Texas legislator for more than 21 years; in Stamford, March 21, 1995.
Rauschenberg, Robert, 82; Port Arthur native, attended UT-Austin, renowned and prolific artist who crossed boundaries to also sculpt, choreograph, perform; in Florida, May 12, 2008.
Rector, John A. Jr., 86; rose from advertising salesman to publisher (1985 to 1986) of The Dallas Morning News in nearly 40 years of service; in Dallas, July 13, 2006.
Redman, Dewey, 75; jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader born to schoolteachers in Fort Worth; attended Prairie View A&M; taught school in Bastrop; Sept. 2, 2006.
Reeves, Connie, 101, Eagle Pass native, cowgirl who taught more than 30,000 girls to ride horses at Camp Waldemar near Hunt; retired at 80 but continued to teach at the camp; in San Antonio, Aug. 17, 2003, two weeks after a fall from her horse.
Reid, Frances, 95; Wichita Falls native who played family matriarch Alice Horton on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for more than 40 years; in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb 3, 2010.
Reynolds, Herbert, 77; president of Baylor University from 1981 to 1995 where he led charter change to a governing board more independent of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; in Angel Fire, N. M., May 25, 2007.
Rhodes, Mary, 49; registered nurse who served three terms as Corpus Christi mayor; of cancer in Corpus Christi, June 4, 1997.
Rhodes, Robert, 69; retired executive editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and former president of the Associated Press Managing Editors; in Corpus Christi, Dec. 30, 1996.
Richards, Ann, 73; Waco area native was elected Democratic governor in 1990; known for her wit as well as her political savvy in the state and nationally; in Austin, Sept. 13, 2006.
Richardson, George L. “Skeet,” 66; state legislator, Tarrant County commissioner and mayor of Keller; advocate of UT-Arlington as four-year school; in Dallas, July 28, 1996.
Richardson, Thelma Page, 85; retired teacher whose lawsuit in the 1940s forced Dallas schools to use equal pay scale for black and white teachers; in La Mirada, Calif., Sept. 14, 1996.
Richter, Walter H., 86, Marble Falls native served in the Texas Senate from 1963 to 1965 and on several state boards; in Austin, Sept. 8, 2003.
Riddle, Charles, 60; operated Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse from 1989; named one of four greatest pitmasters in America by Parade magazine in 1995; in Irving, Dec. 30,1996.
Riddle, Ned, 81; former Dallas Morning News artist who drew the syndicated cartoon Mr. Tweedy; in Dallas, Oct. 13, 2003.
Riggs, Leonard, 95; came to Longview in 1936 to design the Lacy Gardens, brought first azaleas into the area; named to the newly-credited Landscape Architects Board by Gov. Preston Smith in 1969; in Longview, Feb. 21, 2001.
Riley, John E. “Jack,” 78; served 33 years with NASA, broadcast voice of the Apollo program, providing commentary for the first moon walk; in La Porte, April 17, 2003.
Roach, Joe, 49; Houston Republican was prosecutor, three-term city council member and advocate for people with disabilities; a dwarf, he died of an undisclosed illiness in Houston, April 18, 2011.
Roach, Walter, 82; devoted 39 years to Texas Christian University as football player, coach and director of the placement office; in Fort Worth, Sept. 25, 1996.
Robertson, J. M. “Tex,” 98; UT-Austin’s first swim coach beginning in 1936, Sweetwater native founded Camp Longhorn in 1939 where thousands of youngsters learned to swim; in Burnet, Aug. 27, 2007.
Roddy, Rod, 66; Fort Worth native who was the voice of television's The Price is Right, where he invited contestants to "Come on down!"; worked in radio in Dallas-Fort Worth before going to Hollywood; Oct. 27, 2003.
Rodriguez, Sylvan, 52; broadcast news veteran of 23 years in his native San Antonio and later in Houston; shared battle with cancer with his viewers; in Houston, April 7, 2000.
Roegelein, William Jr., 82; San Antonio businessman who lead the family processed-meat business, founded in 1905, which became one of the largest in the state; Jan. 24, 2004.
Rogers, Julie, 83; Beaumont philanthropist who supported causes ranging from the arts to medicine; in Beaumont, Feb. 12, 1998.
Rogers, Lorene, 94; Prosper native, biochemist who was first woman to head a major research university when she became president of the University of Texas in 1975; in Dallas, Jan. 11, 2009.
Rogers, N. J. "Nate," 87; optometrist who in the 1930s co-founded Texas State Optical in Beaumont along with three brothers; served on the Texas Optometry Board; Dec. 11, 2003.
Rogers, Ralph, 87; Dallas businessman instrumental in creating the Public Broadcasting System and reviving Parkland hospital and the Dallas Symphony; in Dallas, Nov. 4, 1997.
Rogers, Sol J., 87; Houston-area philanthropist who in 1937 co-founded Texas State Optical in Beaumont, firm spread into Louisiana and New Mexico; in Houston, Jan. 18, 2002.
Rogers, Walter E., 92; Democrat represented the Panhandle in Congress from 1951 to 1966; in Naples, Fla., May 31, 2001.
Rolark, Calvin, 67; founder of the United Black Fund of America, native of Texarkana; in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 1994.
Rosenthal, E. M. “Manny,” 79; philanthropist who built his fortune from the family-owned Standard Meat Co.; became an art patron who gained prominence in the national Jewish community; in Fort Worth, July 25, 2001.
Rostow, Elspeth, 90; dean of LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin from 1977 to 1983, began teaching at UT in 1969, appointed to national advisory panels by President Reagan; in Austin, Dec. 9, 2007.
Rostow, Walt, 86; economist, University of Texas professor for 33 years and adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson; was an advocate of military intervention in Vietnam; in Austin, Feb. 13, 2003.
Rote, Kyle, 73; San Antonio high school athlete, former SMU All-American and NFL star of the 1950s, playing with the New York Giants; sports broadcaster in the 1960s and 1970s; in Baltimore, Aug. 15, 2002.
Ruby, Lloyd, 81; Indianapolis 500, Daytona and Sebring racing veteran 1960 to 1977; in Wichita Falls, March 23, 2009.
Rudder, Margaret, 87; called the First Lady of Texas A&M; Sonora native was wife of the university's best-known president, Gen. James Earl Rudder, who served from 1959 to 1970; in Bryan, March 3, 2004.
Ruiz, Daniel E., 53; prominent in East Austin grassroots coalition formed in 1970s; of a heart attack, in Austin, March 25, 2000.
Ruiz, David, 63; convict whose 1972 lawsuit led to sweeping changes in the Texas prison system; in a prison hospital in Galveston, Nov. 15, 2005.
Runyon, Marvin, 79; raised in Dallas; U.S. postmaster general 1992 to 1998; chairman of TVA under President Reagan; executive for Ford Motors and Nissan; May 3, 2004.
Rush, E. F. "Frank," 89; beginning in 1971, developed Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton, which became a regional institution known to band students in five states for its competitions; Jan. 5, 2005.
Rubottom, R. Richard, 98; diplomant who helped shape U.S. policy to Cuba and Latin America in the late 1950s, SMU professor; in Austin, Dec. 6, 2010.
Rutherford, J. T. “Slick,” 85; Democratic congressman from 1954 to 1962 from a district that spanned West Texas from Midland to El Paso; one of few from Texas to vote for the 1960 civil rights bill; in Arlington, Va., Nov. 6, 2006.
Ryburn, Frank, 80; directed trust which funded Nobel-winning research on cholesterol at UT Medical Center in Dallas; in Dallas, June 5, 1994.