March 30, 2012 – University of Houston Law Center Professor James H. Wright ’56, who taught tax law to generations of young lawyers during his 26 years at the law school, passed away March 28 at the age of 84.
“Jim was a valued friend and fine colleague of mine during my early years at the Law Center,” said Dean Raymond T. Nimmer. “The legal community has lost a good man.”
A native Houstonian, he earned a law degree from the University of Houston law school after serving in the United States Army at the end of World War II. He attended law school at night while working full time. He also obtained an LL.M. degree from the University of Michigan with a specialization in tax. Wright joined the Law Center faculty in the late 1950s.
“Jim was an excellent teacher and a wonderful colleague,” Professor Emeritus Ira B. Shepard said. “The many students to whom he taught federal tax law will remember him with fondness. As his tax colleague, I admired the way he could convey the subject matter to his students. He was one of the few truly humble men I have ever had the privilege of knowing.”
Wright is survived by his widow, Janice, and children Jim Wright, John Wright, Tom Wright, Mary Stark, Rob Heffer, Josh Heffer, Tami Gilmore, Timothy Heffer, and Jonathan Heffer. He was predeceased by his first wife, Gloria, and by his grandson Max Silver.
Visitation is at Forest Park Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer, Houston on Friday March 30, 5-8 pm. Funeral Service at Parkway Fellowship, 13413 Briar Forest Drive, Houston on Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. Internment at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, 9:00 a.m., Monday, April 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the missions fund at Parkway Fellowship.