PITTMAN, HERBERT CRAWFORD (1918 ~ 2000). Herbert Pittman was born in Cotulla, Texas on July 13, 1918. He received his Juris Doctor from Baylor University in 1941. Mr. Pittman was an outstanding citizen with a distinguished career in law, politics and public service.
After serving in the district attorney's office in Waco, he was Executive Assistant Attorney General in Austin, Chairman of the State Employees Retirement System and Chairman of the Texas Industrial Accident Board. He subsequently served as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, Executive Director of the State Bar of Texas, and as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of American Bank.
In Waco, he was President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. In Austin, he was a lifetime trustee of the Headliners Club and Chair of its Board of Directors from 1971 to 1988. For the Austin-Travis County United Fund, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, President and Campaign Chair. He was President of the YMCA, the Admirals Club, and the Citadel Club, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Texas Society of Association Executives and President of the Automotive Trade Association Managers.
In addition, he was lay reader and Senior Warden of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Director of the Alumni Association of Baylor University. He spent three years in the Pacific Theater in World War II, receiving special commendation, also receiving an oversees commission for his service in military intelligence. Two governors named him the Official Master of Ceremonies for the State Texas, and he served on the official inaugural committees for Governors Shivers, Connally, Daniel, Smith and Briscoe.
He was the author of several articles in the Texas Bar Journal and various trade publications. His history of Texas politics, Inside the Third House, was published in 1992.
Pittman died on September 19, 2000 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information provided by his daughter, Nancy Pittman.