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 I with no choice but to relocate. I am building a new home in a wooded subdivision near Huntsville. Although further 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.