It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the passing of the Computer & Technology Section’s 2011-2012 Chair, Ralph Brock of Lubbock, TX. Ralph was loved and respected by all who knew him. We are better for knowing him and deeply saddened by the loss of this great Texas lawyer.
Obituary for Ralph H. Brock
Services for Ralph H. Brock, 64, of Lubbock, Texas, will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Sanders Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Mr. Brock died on July 14, 2013.
He was born August 6, 1948, in Amarillo, Texas, to Charles and Waurika Haney Brock. He married Carolyn F. Moore on November 14, 1981.
Mr. Brock was raised in Spearman, Tahoka, and Lubbock, Tx. He received an undergraduate and law degree from Texas Tech University. Mr. Brock was a respected appellate attorney who was often referred to by his colleagues as a lawyer’s lawyer. He published scholarly articles in law review journals. He wrote historical articles on the boundaries of Texas and on the Republic of Texas movement that are considered authoritative. Mr. Brock was a long-time contributor to the Lubbock Law Notes and an editor of the State Bar College newsletter.
He volunteered in a variety of state bar activities. He won a contested election to serve as a director of the State Bar of Texas and was a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, receiving virtually every award from the State Bar and also a distinguished award from the Foundation. His most recent awards were for pro bono work in writing an amicus brief for a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in December of 2012. He was the first chair of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and the only male who was President of the State Bar’s Women and the Law Section. He also chaired other sections, including the Computer & Technology Section and the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.
His legal career was devoted to individual rights and justice and he received local recognition for his pro bono work. He received the first Lubbock County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award in 1986, and a special pro bono award from the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in1989. Ralph Brock, an Eagle Scout, was a man who lived his convictions in his personal and professional life with honor.
He was an avid genealogy researcher and generous blood donor. He was a licensed amateur radio operator and helped administer ham radio exams. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Mr. Brock was predeceased by his parents; his in-laws, Webb and Frances Moore of Lubbock; and his brother-in-law Dr. Lewis D. Moore, of Lubbock. Survivors include his spouse; his brother, Billy Brock and wife, Janet, of Albuquerque, N.M.; his nephews, Charles Brock of Socorro, N.M., Daniel and Nicholas Moore of Austin, Tx.; his nieces, Waurika Ann Brock of Albuquerque, and Mary Pressler and husband Nate of Hurst, Tx.; his great nephew Maxwell Pressler of Hurst; and his many other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 16 at Sanders Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Southwest Cancer Center at University Medical Center, the Texas Bar Foundation, or CLL Global Research Foundation, P.O. Box 301402, Unit 428, Houston, Tx., 77230.