Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee
Hunter - Fighter Pilot
Lawyer - Judge
December 9, 1925
October 25, 1994
Back of headstone
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Shakespeare - Henry V
||Thomas Gibbs Gee
||Section:Patriots' Hill, Section 2 (A)
|Reason for Eligibility:
||Governor's Proclamation; Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
||December 9, 1925
||October 25, 1994
||October 28, 1994
GEE, THOMAS GIBBS (1925~1994) Thomas Gibbs Gee, Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, was born in Jacksonville, Florida on December 9, 1925. Upon going to college, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1946. After receiving his BS, Gee entered the Army Air Forces and later the Air Force, where he obtained the rank of Lieutenant.
After serving four years in the military, he attended the University of Texas Law School, where he graduated first in his class and served as Editor-In-Chief of the Texas Law Review. After receiving his LL.B. in 1953, Gee practiced in Austin in the Law firm of Graves, Daugherty, Gee, Hearon, Moody & Garwood. In addition to being an attorney, Gee also served on the Board of St. Stephen's Episcopal School, the vestry of All Saints Episcopal Church, and in many other civic activities. Gee also was a member of the American Law Institute, the American Judicature Society, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a charter member of the Texas Bar Foundation.
On June 11, 1973, Gee was nominated by President Richard Nixon to take a seat on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which was vacated by Joe McDonald Ingraham. Gee was confirmed by the Senate on July 13, 1973, and received his commission on July 18, 1973. While on the Court, "Gee distinguished himself as a lucid writer and thoughtful jurist . . ." whose "wit and intellect endeared him to his colleagues."
After serving 18 years on the Court, Gee retired on February 1, 1991, where he devoted his time to his favorite hobbies: hunting and fishing. Judge Gee died October 25, 1994 in Houston, Texas and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from Governor's Proclamation and Federal Judicial Center: History of the Federal Judiciary. "Gee, Thomas Gibbs." http://air.fjc.gov/servlet/uGetInfo?jid=832. February 9, 2000.