Edward L Summers

24 août 193713 septembre 2020

Edward Lee Summers entered eternal life on Sunday, September 13th, 2020. He had just begun celebrating his 83rd year.

Ed was the eldest son born to Elmer Lee and Elizabeth Buhler Summers, on August 24th, 1937, in Houston, Texas. He attended West University Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Lamar High School and Rice Institute all of which were in Houston. He also spent time as a camp counselor at the storied Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.

At Rice University (GO OWLS!) he earned a degree in chemical engineering. To help finance his education he worked summer times at Olin Mathieson’s chemical fertilizer plant in Pasadena, Texas. He also earned his MBA and PhD degrees at the University of Texas (Hook ‘em HORNS!) in Austin. He joined the faculty at the Economics Department at Rice University in 1965 and the UT Austin Accounting Department faculty in 1968. He retired in 2004. At UT-Austin he served as Accounting Department Chair for five years, and two years as Chair of the Accounting Graduate Studies Committee. In 1966, he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Texas. He served as 1995-1996 President of the Texas Society of CPAs. Governor Bush appointed him to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in1998. After eight years on this board, Governor Perry appointed him to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers in 2008 and again in 2013.

In 1959, Ed met the love of his life, Kathy Beke, and they were married in 1963 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Westfield, Texas. Their long marriage was blessed with two children and many opportunities for joy and spiritual growth, which became the cardinal force that would forever shape their lives. Ed is now reunited with his wife Kathy. There is no doubt they are painting, walking dogs, hiking mountains, cooking, (it is for certain to be too spicy for Kathy!) and enjoying their new beginning.

After his wife passed in 2017, Ed immersed himself in Covenant Presbyterian Church where he became involved with Men in the Word, Koininia Friends, became a Deacon, and lunched every Thursday with his “Geezer Group”. He loved Zooming with his friends and church groups and of course- virtual Happy Hour, where it was mentioned he would show his fun personality! He wasn’t averse to a good road trip either, and recently took a trip to Marfa with his son’s family.

Ed believed a dog (or two or three) should share your bed. He never said a mean thing about anybody and once said “I have no enemies.” He would do the Jumble every morning and gave to every charity that asked. He was fascinated with history and his own genealogy, and wrote many stories recollecting his early years as a boy. In one, he is quoted as saying “In 7th grade, I was developing what you might call religious faith. I believed everything in the Bible, and I believed that God was watching me. I was not bothered that God had not seen the need to contact me directly.”

Ed was not particularly sporty, but he was never idle. He was always creating, reading, intellectually pondering or learning something new, or playing solitaire on his phone while listening to classical music. He enjoyed hiking, camping, and traveling and was even planning a bike trip in Holland (he was 83!). He was a life-long Eagle Scout and at age 78, he hiked 60 miles at Philmont Ranch with his grandsons and son-in-law. He used to dabble in photography, and his black and white photos along with photos of past generations could be found all around the house. Ed was particularly fond of his farm in Paige, Texas where he would mow, practice shooting skeet, swim in the pond, entertain others or simply reflect on life from the front porch.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles D Summers, and his loving wife of 54 years, Kathryn B Summers. Ed is survived by his brother, Jesse W Summers; son, Michael Summers and daughter-in-law, Joanna; daughter, Pamela Parks and son-in-law, Derek; grandchildren Angelica, Amanda, and James Summers, and Mason, Callum and Sophie Parks. He also leaves behind his best buddy Gabor, a Vizsla dog, to keep his family and friends company in his absence.

Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Ed in their own way. Raise a glass of dry Texas chardonnay, pet someone’s dog, take a walk, stargaze, or perform an act of kindness in his memory: All are quite appropriate.

A public viewing is on Thursday, September 24th from 6-8pm at Weed Corley-Fish (3125 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78705.) A private service will be held at Weed Corley-Fish Friday the 25th at 2pm, followed by a private Graveside service at the Texas State Cemetery. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved Kathy. To watch both Friday services, go to: https://www.facebook.com/WCFFunerals. All services will also be recorded for later viewing.

For those of you who prefer not to send flowers, Edward asked for donations to: - The Elizabeth Buhler and Elmer Lee Summers Scholarship at Rice University. These gifts may be made online at giving.rice.edu or mailed to: Rice University, Office of Development MS-81 P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892

Covenant Presbyterian Church. Checks can be sent to 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas 78757 or donations can be made online at covenant.org


  • Damon Thomas, Active Pallbearer
  • Derek Parks, Active Pallbearer
  • Mason Parks, Active Pallbearer
  • Callum Parks, Active Pallbearer
  • Sophie Parks, Active Pallbearer
  • Amanda Summers, Active Pallbearer



Edward L Summers


Michael Granof

4 octobre , 2020

I joined the UT faculty at a time when other members of the department were not merely colleagues but were also friends. Hence, Dena and I have the most pleasant memories of many dinners and other events spent with Ed and Kathy. Most prominently, I remember sailing with them on Lake Travis and spending a day at their farm along with our two young children.

Ed was obviously a highly esteemed educator, scholar and administrator. The latter was as chair of the accounting department a few years after I arrived. Both then and throughout my career I could count on him for sound guidance and advice.

Ed not only sustained the department’s standing as the #1 accounting department in the country but also enhanced it. Further, of course, he did much to improve the accounting profession at-large through his service as President of the Texas Society of CPAs and as a member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Lisa Harrington

30 septembre , 2020

Mr. And Mrs. Summers were my clients at Northwest Veterinary Hospital. No one was kinder than these two, to animals and humans alike. Their fur kids included Zoe and Gabor, who I had the honor to provide care for. Mr. and Mrs. Summers loved each other so deeply, it was evident in our time together during appointments. I loved hearing their stories, and was heartbroken when she passed on in 2017. Now, I am so saddened to learn of Mr. Summers’s passing, and know he and Mrs. Summers are together again, with Zoe. I feel so lucky to have known them. They brought so much joy to myself and this world as a whole. Rest In Peace. I am sending my love and condolences to the Summers family during this extremely difficult time.

Angela Riddlespurger

25 septembre , 2020

My husband and I met Ed during our years at UT Austin. Ed and Kathy have been among our chosen family ever since...because they’re the kind of joyful people you meet and immediately know should be convinced to be part of your life.

Ed and Kathy made the effort for others—in ways big and small. Even if it meant crossing the city in rush hour traffic, or bravely walking into a room of strangers to support a friend. They were incredibly generous. They took the time to write and call—to stay in touch and genuinely care. They indulged conversations about anything and everything—and never once called us crazy for legitimately crazy ideas and plans. They shared wisdom with us. They openly declared their love. They said important things. Quite simply, they lived well and were an inspiration.

I’m heartbroken to say goodbye to Ed. I wanted more time together, but will forever cherish the many conversations, hugs, meals and nature walks that we shared. With my own life, I hope to make him proud by modeling the kindness, intellect, reliability, reverence for life, and good humor that I always saw in him.

Brennon Bynum

24 septembre , 2020

I first met Mr. Summers in the mid-90's. I had gone for a weekend visit from Dallas down to Austin with Pamela, Derek and my girlfriend at the time... and the Summers graciously welcomed us into their lovely and peaceful home. That first morning, Derek and the ladies all went out to go shopping and I chose to stay at the house. Mr. Summers and I were in the living room chatting... I was telling what I'm sure was a thrilling story. In the middle, I noticed him slowly get up... nodding that I should continue telling my story... and he crossed silently to a cabinet and slowly... pulls out a rifle. I immediately started thinking I should remind him it was Derek who was dating his daughter and not me! He gestured that I should keep talking... and then he crept right past me to the window, readying the rifle (which turned out to be a bb gun I believe)... he quietly opened the frame... and fired a warning shot at some unseen intruder. "Darn squirrels!!" he yelled. And then he turned and gave me a big wink and a smile. "That'll teach him." I assure you, no squirrels or visitors from Dallas were harmed during this exchange... but I have never forgotten that moment and always had a great laugh with him about it when I saw him and will always picture that wink and smile.

Marc Neves

24 septembre , 2020

I met Dr. Summers in the Fall of 1988, while at the University of Texas, when I took his Principles of Systems Analysis class (ACC 382K). I was always something of a computer nerd from middle school on so, I enjoyed classes that showed how technology could enhance business processes and automate the often-mundane manual processing of business transactions.

I immediately liked him as a professor. While some of my peers might have taken his measured approach to teaching as being somewhat slow, I soon realized this was not the case. What I found in his approach to teaching is that he wanted to give the student enough time to digest what he was saying. Also, when addressing questions from students, he wanted to take the time to contemplate the question fully before answering it, giving the care to make sure his response was on point to the question.

Ed and I became good friends during the course of taking his class and I managed to get myself hired as his Teaching Assistant from the Spring of 1989 through the duration of my college career at UT. In 1990, I was a member of 3rd graduating class of the UT Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) which was an accelerated curriculum from which you earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) and Masters of Professional Accounting (MPA) within 5 years. Ed gave me an acknowledgement for contributing to the second edition of his Accounting Information Systems textbook which was published in 1991. I don’t know that I deserved that credit but, it was inspiring to see my name printed in an accounting systems text book.

I’ll always remember the first time I went to the ranch in Grassyville which I believe was the Spring of 1989. Each semester, Ed would invite his classes out to the ranch on a weekend to see the magnificent Texas countryside. I loved going out to Grassyville and was blessed to be able to visit and stay there several times over the years often bringing a friend with me who always enjoyed the experience as much as myself.

During that 1989 visit with his students, he showed that the yellow flowers on a prickly pear cactus were edible. Yes, he ate one and then several of the rest of us tried it as well. I’d never eaten a flower until that day (and had never thought about it) but now, every time I happen across a similar bloom, I eat a pedal in his honor. There were oil well pumpjacks on the Grassyville ranch as well. He showed us that you can sample sweet Texas crude right out of the ground and not have it kill you as long as you spit enough afterward.

After graduating from college, I would try to get back to Austin as much as I could. There was one weekend when I came and helped Ed and Kathy hang 3rd Coast Artists’ watercolor paintings in One American Center in downtown Austin. While it was work for them, it was pure enjoyment to me. What accountant gets to hang an artist’s paintings for show in the lobby of a huge office building in downtown Austin? We own and cherish one of Kathy’s paintings of a lily in our home.

In looking at the impact Ed Summers had on my life and my career, he was to me first and foremost a friend, secondly a philosopher and, thirdly, a professor. I’ve always said I took enough philosophy at UT to ruin a perfectly good accountant. That love of ideas and how people think about things has enhanced all aspects of my being a businessperson throughout my career. Ed liked to talk about ideas and contemporary problems of the day that were not just business related. The broad and long-term view of life is far more important than just executing the business of the day.

Since 1994, thanks largely to Ed, I have made my career in implementing Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) with the Lawson/Infor Software solutions. These are your back-office systems that support accounting, procurement, payroll and human resources processes. Ed’s legacy carries on with me and all who were blessed enough to cross his path and learn something about business, accounting systems and life.

We will all miss Ed very much. His kind demeanor, his sense of humor and engaging personality were one of kind. My prayers go out to the Summers family during this difficult time but, as we all know, Ed would not want a bunch sadness surrounding his passing. As my grandfather put it, “I don’t want a bunch of snot-slinging at my funeral”. Ed would want us to celebrate his life as we celebrate our own in remembrance of what can be, and still is, good in the world for all to enjoy as we get through these difficult times.

All our lives are richer for having known Ed. I was proud to call Ed my friend and mentor. May God bless his soul and yours. I will miss him for the rest of my days.

J. Marc Neves BBA, MPA, CPA, CITP, PMP

University of Texas at Austin, PPA Class of 1990

Borrowing from Ed's obit. Here are some pictures of Ed and Dr. Don Jones at the farm in Paige/Grassyville summer of 1989. Contemplating life from the front porch, swimming in the pond over a huge pile of catfish on the bottom and entertaining friends. Also, a picture from that same day of Ed and I playing the gun slinger accountants as “El Contador” (Ed) and “El Guapo” (Me).

Marc Neves

24 septembre , 2020

Marc Neves

24 septembre , 2020

Marc Neves

24 septembre , 2020

Sally Hunt Mears

23 septembre , 2020

I first met Ed several years ago when "out of the blue" I called him when I was doing family research on the Dean family. We are distant cousins - Augustus "Gus" Dean and my great grandfather were brothers. He was so kind and tried to help "fill in the gaps" as much as he could. Each time I reached out to him seeking additional information, he was prompt in responding. I wish I had been able to meet him in person and share many interesting facts about the family which my brother and I had discovered. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Sincerely, Sally Hunt Mears

Jesse Summers

23 septembre , 2020

I am grateful to my nephews, Michael Summers and Pamela Parks, for making these arrangements amidst the turmoil of the tragic death of their father. I am also grateful to those of you who have shared their memories of my brother Ed, and who have expressed their sorrow and condolences upon this sad occasion of his death. My perspective on Edward is strongly influenced by growing up with him as my older brother. He was always nurturing, loving, inspiring, hard working, and he set a good example for me, the value of which I cannot overstate. We never lived close-by as adults so unfortunately we did not share the same circle of friends, but we saw each other often and talked about many things in interesting discussions, as did many of you I am sure. I am especially pleased to know by your messages here that his friends and colleagues appreciated all of the same endearing qualities of honesty, kindness, and brilliance I have known of him all my life. I will miss him more than I ever thought.