Patrick Cunningham Oxford, 79, died at his home on the morning of February 13, 2022 surrounded by love. He was inspired by his Catholic faith to live a life of service to others: service to his country, state and city, to his clients and colleagues, to his friends and family, and to his church. He was a happy man. A compassionate man.
Patrick was born in Beaumont, Texas to Hubert Oxford II and Virginia Cunningham Oxford. He attended Catholic schools in Beaumont and graduated from St. Anthony’s Catholic High School. He grew up watching football and baseball and worked for his father’s company, Oxford Building Materials. His love of baseball never faded. His friends and family appreciated and valued his knowledge of the game, its history, and his ability to compare many situations in life or business to the game of baseball.
Patrick attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a BBA with honors in 1966 and a JD with honors in 1967. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the Texas Cowboys. At UT Law School, he was Managing Editor of the Texas Law Review and a member of the Friar Society. Many of Patrick’s deepest friendships began at the University of Texas and lasted the rest of his life. After graduating, he continued to serve the university and law school in various capacities and on many committees. He was honored to serve on the Board of Regents from 1997 to 2003. Patrick also served as chair of the Health Affairs Committee, which oversaw the operations of six health care facilities in the University of Texas system.
Patrick Oxford joined the law firm of Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell LLP) and in 1973 became its 13th partner. There he worked in various practice areas and eventually specialized in a corporate transactions practice with a focus on real estate, energy and banking. He served as Managing Partner and led the opening of the New York City office.
Pat took pride in and keen on recruiting and mentoring young lawyers for their careers and providing constant advice to clients and colleagues. He really cared. He was a brilliant lawyer and a natural as a teacher and mentor. It gave him great pleasure to look after young people of all ages. His influence will live on in all those who have learned from him.
Patrick believed Houston’s business leaders had an obligation to foster the city’s prosperity. He took an active role in many civic and business organizations. He worked with the Greater Houston Partnership, where he was Chairman and Board Member Emeritus. He has also served on the boards of various medical and research organizations. He was vice chairman of Texas Medical Center, Inc., which later recognized Patrick as chairman emeritus in 2020. He has served on the advisory board of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University and on the board of directors of the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.
Patrick firmly believed in the ideals set forth in the founding of our country and constitutional system. He twice served as national campaign chair for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He was a leader in George W. Bush’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Also counsels many other state and local officials in Texas. In addition to his many hours of service to candidates he believed would improve our city, state, and country, his belief in the United States, its system of government, and its values was perhaps most personally reflected in his eloquent and thoughtful inspirational e-mail letters is sent annually to the entire Bracewell family on the 4th of July and Thanksgiving.
Pat was a man of deep faith. He believed that faith is a gift. He attended daily Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church and served as Eucharistic Minister and CCE teacher. He also participated in formation and ministry for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. His desire to serve others never waned. He really connected with people and remembered the stories and dreams of so many. His conversations often ended with a serious question. Is there anything I can do to help you?
He had an unparalleled sense of humor and was a skilled storyteller with an uncanny ability to nail his stories with the perfect punch line. He had great intellectual capacity and curiosity, particularly in relation to political and historical subjects. He really was a man for all seasons. His sense of humor shone well into his last days, as did his grace and elegance. In fact it has grown. Its sweetness, palpable.
Patrick is survived by his wife “Katie Bell” of thirty-two years, daughters Elizabeth Pagan and Virginia Fleming, sons-in-law Greer Pagan and Lee Fleming, grandson and pride Charlie Pagan, brothers Hubert Oxford III and Denis Oxford, his sister Virginia Thompson, his sister-in-law Canice Garth and her husband David, his brothers-in-law Kit Herrington and Tommy Herrington, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Englander.
The family is very grateful for the care of Dr. Gustavo Roman, Dr. Martin Poliak, Olivia Kim and Wayne McPherson.
Many thanks to the supervisors Ana Bercian, Ivan De Mesa, Dorca Flores, Jesse Guzman, Janeth Hinojosa, Carlos Linares, Vilma Martinez, Liseth Molina, Jorge Montes, Xenia Morales, Rosie Paz, Johnny Peralta, Andrea Pillar, Evelyn Rojas, Margy Sproule and Mimi Tejada. Especially Liliana R. Montes. Thank you for your love and work.
Many thanks to Flo Crady, Sally Farley, Scott McCool, Rhonda Sue Walker and Jennifer Weston. Special thanks to Patrick’s dear friends Nancy and Rich Kinder.
Friends are invited to gather with family and share memories of Patrick on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston.
A memorial service is scheduled to be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, February 24, 2022 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston. For those unable to attend the service, virtual attendance can be accessed by visiting Mr. Oxford’s online memorial service at GeoHLewis.com and selecting the Join Livestream icon in the service area.
(Please note: parking for the memorial service is in the St. Anne’s Catholic Church parking garage, which can be accessed from Westheimer Road and Kingston Drive. Traffic control officers will be positioned to direct attendees).
Immediately afterwards, all are invited to greet the family at a reception in the adjoining St. Basil Hall.
JP Bryan, Sam Burford, Dan Connolly, Stephen Crain, Cleland Dade, Rhew Dooley, Lee Fleming, Kelly Frels, Clifford Gunter III, Kit Herrington, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rich Kinder, Scott McCool, Crady Newton, Denis Oxford serve as honorary pallbearers , Hubert Oxford III, Charlie Pagan, Greer Pagan and Carlton Wilde.
The family will gather at a later date for a private burial at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.
In lieu of the usual memorials, the family gratefully requests that memorial donations be made on his behalf to Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory, Rev. TJ Martinez, SJ, Education Fund, 6700 Mt. Carmel Drive, Houston, Texas 77087; Greater Houston Community Foundation, 515 Post Oak Boulevard Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77027; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030; or the Patrick C. Oxford Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin, PO Box 7458, Austin, Texas 78713.
Please view Mr. Oxford’s online memorial service at GeoHLewis.com where memories and words of comfort and condolences can be shared electronically with his family.
Published by Houston Chronicle on February 20, 2022.