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The Welch Foundation

The Welch Foundation: The Legacy of Robert Alonzo Welch

By: William Henry Kellar and Kimberly A. Youngblood

Robert Alonzo Welch was born during the Reconstruction era in the small town of Newberry, South Carolina. He moved to Houston at the age of 14 to seek a better life and find a way to provide for his family. Through hard work, self-discipline, and shrewd investing, Welch ultimately became one of the wealthiest men in Texas. Robert A. Welch believed that great potential for improving the human condition lay within the unexplored realm of Chemistry. When he died in 1952, he left the bulk of his estate to establish a foundation that would support fundamental research in chemistry within the state of Texas. The inspiring story of Welch's life and the subsequent work of the Welch Foundation over a period of more than fifty years since his death are the focus of The Legacy of Robert Alonzo Welch.

The Birth of the Texas Medical Center

The Birth of the Texas Medical Center: A Personal Account

By: Frederick C. Elliott, edited, with an introduction by William Henry Kellar

This is an autobiographical account of the founding and early years of the Texas Medical Center, written by one of the original founders, Dr. Frederick C. Elliott, DDS. Edited, with an introductory chapter and epilogue by historian William Henry Kellar, The Birth of the Texas Medical Center provides a unique, eye witness account of how what is now the largest medical center in the world came into being.

J. S. Bracewell

J. S. Bracewell: Lawyer

By: Searcy and Fentress Bracewell
Consulting Editor: William Henry Kellar

J. S. Bracewell: Lawyer, is the autobiography of Joseph Searcy “Jim” Bracewell, one of the founding partners of Houston’s Bracewell & Patterson, L.L.P. (now Bracewell & Giuliani) law firm. In November 1945, at the close of World War II, Bracewell, along with his sons Bradley “Fentress” Bracewell, Joseph “Searcy” Bracewell, Jr., and friend Bert H. Tunks, founded Bracewell & Tunks law firm. Eventually, the law firm became known as Bracewell & Patterson, one of the nations largest. The book is not the complete life story of J.S. Bracewell, but includes recollections of his formative years, lively anecdotes about some of his most interesting legal cases, and selections from his expansive writings as provided by his two sons.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic: A Legacy of Excellence in Health Care

By: William Henry Kellar and Vaishali J. Patel

This book tells the story of the founding and development of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, Texas. The multispecialty clinic, established in 1949 by Dr. Mavis P. Kelsey, was modeled after the world renowned Mayo Clinic. One of the first clinics of its kind in the Southwest, the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic became a pioneer in providing health care through its satellite clinics, corporate and space medicine programs, and its international patient services.

Piping Technology & Products, Inc.

Piping Technology & Products, Inc.: The First Twenty Years

By: William Henry Kellar

Piping Technology & Products, Inc., is one of the leading manufacturers of pipe supports and other piping products in the world. This book tells the story of how the Houston-based company, which includes subsidiaries SWECO Inc. and U.S. Bellows, Inc., grew out of a small engineering consulting firm to take a prominent place in the piping industry.

Service Corporation International

Service Corporation International:
The Creation of the Modern Death Care Industry

By: William Henry Kellar and Elisabeth O'Kane

Service Corporation International (SCI) has its roots in a small, family-owned funeral business established in Houston, Texas in 1926. The firm ultimately became the largest provider of death care services in the world. In the process, SCI's innovative practices brought about dramatic changes in the funeral service industry.

Make Haste Slowly

Make Haste Slowly: Moderates, Conservatives and School Desegregation in Houston

By: William Henry Kellar

Houston, Texas, had what may have been the largest segregated public school system in the United States when the Supreme Court declared the practice unconstitutional in Brown vs. Board of Education, in 1954. Make Haste Slowly provides the first examination of the development of Houston's racially segregated public school system and the long fight for school desegregation in one of the most significant stories of the civil rights era.