HULL, MALCOLM CORDELL(1940~2001) Malcolm Cordell Hull, State Representative, was born July 21, 1940, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended public schools and graduated from North Side High School in 1958, as a letterman in baseball. After graduation, he attended the Texas Weslyan College, but graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government.
In 1965, Cordell began his career as a public official when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Taking office in 1966, he was re-elected to subsequent terms in 1968 and 1970. During his service in the Texas Legislature, he served as a member of the House State Affairs Committee, two terms as member of the Appropriations Committee and two terms on the Committee on Common Carriers, where he served one term as Vice-Chair and one term as Chairman. Cordell's father, Henry "Salty" Hull had also served several terms in the Texas House of Representatives during the 1940s. The family is also related to Cordell Hull, Secretary of State of the United States under President Roosevelt, during World War II. From 1974 to 1989, Cordell was active in the insurance industry in Fort Worth.
From 1989 to 1991, he was the Legislative Representative for various clients, including The Signature Group, Montgomery Ward & Company and Union Fidelity Life Insurance Company. Since 1991, he had served as Legislative Representative and Executive Director of the National Association for Alternative Staffing, a national trade association representing the employee leasing industry.
Cordell was an avid sports fan. He was a member of the Longhorn Foundation and a season ticket holder, who regularly attended Longhorn football, basketball and baseball games. He was also an excellent golfer. Cordell will probably be most remembered, however, by his many, many friends in Austin, Fort Worth, and throughout the state and country, who knew him as the gracious, humorous and charming host, who enjoyed nothing more than entertaining his friends with his outstanding cooking skills. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, he would engage the help of his able sous chefs, and prepare large, elaborate and delicious meals for his family, his friends, their families and just anyone he knew had nowhere else to go. He will be truly and dearly missed by his family and many, many friends.
Representative Hull died suddenly on Wednesday, February 14, 2001, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery two days later.
Information taken from: Obituary, Austin American-Statesman, Friday, February 16, 2001.