Director & Newsletter Editor
I am a native Houstonian and have until recently lived my entire life on my great grandparents homestead in the Fairbanks area. Sadly, recent industrialization and commercial encroachment left my family and me with no choice but to relocate to a new home in a wooded subdivision near Huntsville. Although farther away, I plan on continuing my membership with WHAGS, in person and virtually.
I began my career with the YMCA of Greater Houston working part-time while in high school and college. After a two-year stint in the army, I returned to the Y, retiring after 43 years as Vice President of Facilities. In that role I was responsible for the operations and maintenance of 33 full facilities and three camps in east and central Texas.
I became interested in genealogy when the author, Alex Hailey published his book titled “Roots.” That was in 1976 and I have been pursuing the hobby in an ebb and flow pattern ever since. I often take a break from my research, but it is never long before my interest again peaks, and I’m back in the libraries and archives. I have recently published my first family history book titled “The Alonzo and Louisa Bell Story,” which is about the lives of my Great Great Grandparents - my families' pioneers.
I enjoy working with the leadership team and I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help our genealogy society succeed.