Fred Parks: the legacy

“The greatest, most challenging, and totally rewarding accomplishment of my life was becoming an attorney.” This was the opening remark made by the late Fred Parks ’37 in 1999 when the South Texas Alumni Association presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Parks made many contributions to South Texas over the course of his career to thank the college for the opportunity it gave him to reach that singular goal.

In addition to being a successful attorney, Fred Parks was also a visionary entrepreneur who cared deeply about the future. His vision for the future of urban transportation led him to purchase the technology and patents for a unique mass transit system known as Aerobus, and he devoted many years in the latter part of this life to making that vision a reality.

Mr. Parks also had a vision for the future of South Texas and this came to fruition shortly after his passing, in 2001. At that time the college learned that Mr. Parks had made an unrestricted gift of $10 million to South Texas through his estate plan. Today that visionary gift is ensuring a legacy of opportunity and excellence for many future aspiring lawyers like Fred Parks who attend South Texas College of Law.

Fred Parks Legacy Society  

The Fred Parks Legacy Society, a tribute to our late alumnus and Texas legal legend Fred Parks, was established in 2007. Through his estate plan, Mr. Parks made the largest individual gift in the 90-year history of South Texas College of Law. 

To become a member of the Fred Parks Legacy Society, simply name South Texas College of Law as a beneficiary in your will, trust, insurance policy, or foundation, or as a payable-on-death (POD) beneficiary for a bank account or CD.*  

Membership is easy. No immediate donation is necessary.

Please notify Mindy Guthrie, at (713) 646-1797 if you wish to include South Texas College of Law in your estate plan so that we may recognize you as a member of our legacy society. If you are contemplating membership, our suggested bequest language is below for your and your attorney’s review.

*Please review your plan with a professional adviser.

Bequest Language “After fulfilling all other provisions, I give, devise, and bequeath ___% of the remainder of my estate or trust [or $_______, if a specific amount] to South Texas College of Law [Tax ID# 74-1554976], a charitable organization incorporated under the laws of Texas, and presently having offices at 1303 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77002.”
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