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Statements of Condolence on the Death of Joe Jamail

UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, Men’s Athletic Director Mike Perrin and School of Law Dean Ward Farnsworth offer condolences on the death of UT alumnus and philanthropist Joe Jamail.

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Attorney and Longhorn philanthropist Joe Jamail, BA ’50, JD ’53, died today at age 90. Leaders from The University of Texas at Austin offer the following condolences.

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Jamail and the Longhorn Band give President. Fenves a warm welcome on his first day. Photo by Marsha Miller

Gregory L. Fenves, President, UT Austin:

Every day as provost I walked by the portrait of Lee Jamail in the Main Building, which reminded all of us at the university about the goodness of Lee and Joe Jamail. As Joe and I became friends and he became one of my closest advisors, I learned about his life, his service to our nation, his profession, and his deep commitment to education. Lee and Joe supported academics and athletics, aspiring for UT to be the best university in the country with the highest values of integrity and service. We will all miss both of them very much and will forever be grateful for their generosity of spirit.  



Joe Jamail (left) and Darrell Royal (right). Photo courtesy of Texas Athletics

Mike Perrin, Men’s Athletics Director, UT Austin: 

Joe Jamail was a giant of a man, who made a huge impact in all facets of life. His contributions to The University of Texas are a lasting legacy and testament to his never ending quest to give back and support activities, the law and sports he believed in. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Joe’s family. With them, we share grief and a sense of loss in his passing. But, we also share our joy of having had him as a major part of so many lives. 



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Ward Farnsworth, Dean, University of Texas School of Law: 

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Jamail, our wonderful friend and graduate. It is a loss felt keenly by all of us at The University of Texas School of Law.

Joe Jamail was a larger-than-life figure – a one-of-a-kind Texan, a magnificent and legendary trial lawyer, and an immensely generous and loyal friend to the UT Law School and the rest of the University of Texas. His name graces our clinical programs and our law library, and the example he set as an unsurpassed champion in the courtroom will remain an inspiration to all of us. So will the example he set as a citizen. He gave back to the world with passion and kindness, stuck up for the underdog, and changed the lives of thousands in our community as well as elsewhere. His legacy will live on in our school, and in the works of our students and graduates.

Before he was one of America’s foremost lawyers or philanthropists, Joe Jamail was a loving and devoted husband and father. Our deepest condolences to the Jamail family on Joe’s passing. We will remember our dear friend here, always, with the greatest respect and affection.

Read The Alcalde’s article Joe Jamail Dies at 90

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Joe Jamail Field. Photo courtesy of Texas Athletics