Waco ISD Distinguished Alumnus passes away in Houston

Waco ISD Distinguished Alumnus passes away in Houston
Posted on 09/21/2016

Gayle GibsonRenowned attorney and civic leader Gibson Gayle, Jr. will be laid to rest Wednesday, September 21 after passing away in Houston last Friday.

Gayle, 89, was valedictorian when he graduated from Waco High School in 1943.  Seven years later after serving in WWII, he graduated from Baylor Law School and made the highest grade ever scored up to that point on the Texas State Bar Exam.

He was hired by the Houston law firm that later became known as Fulbright & Jaworski after one of the largest and most successful U.S. law firm mergers ever, which Gayle spearheaded as the firm's managing partner.

After a legal career that spanned more than 60 years, Gayle was named one of Waco ISD's most Distinguished Alumni in 2000.  His personal achievements and leadership roles included being the Director, President and Vice President of the State Bar of Texas, and an inductee into the Texas Legal Legend Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha, five children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at The Church of St. John the Divine in Houston.