OBITUARY

Albert Milner Tate Jr.

January 1, 1941December 21, 2020
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Albert Milner Tate, Jr. passed away peacefully on December 21, 2020, at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born on January 1, 1941, in Waco, Texas to Albert Milner Tate, Sr. and Martha Louise Sansing Tate.

Bert grew up in Marlin, Texas. He graduated from Marlin High School where his father was the superintendent. He played the trumpet, ran track, played basketball, and excelled as a running back for the Marlin Bulldogs.

He attended Baylor University on a full scholarship to run the football for the Bears. He was a member of the Tryon Coterie, also known as Try-C, the oldest men’s social club at Baylor. The day after graduation in 1963, Bert married his college sweetheart, Patricia Loessin, in Eagle Lake, Texas. They were happily married for 57 years.

Bert studied dentistry at Baylor Dental College in Dallas, Texas. He earned his DDS and continued his studies for an MSD in pediatric dentistry. He began his dental practice in Austin, Texas in 1969. He is respected as the forebear of the modern approach to preventative children’s dentistry in Austin. He thoroughly enjoyed working with children, many of whom eventually had children of their own who became his patients.

When he was not making smiles brighter, Bert loved standing in a trout stream with his fly rod, always determined to catch and release every trout within casting distance before moving upstream.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents and Pat’s parents, Herbert Henry Loessin and Anna Studlar Loessin.

Bert is survived by his wife, Pat; his son, Drew (Misty); his son, Trent (Jessica); and his son, Herbert (Nikki). He will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Drew, Jax, Libby, Emily, Anna, and Lila Jane, who called him Papa. He is also survived by Pat’s sister, Evangeline (Elbert) Whorton, and their daughters, Lalise (Greg) Mason, Anna (Gordon) Duff, and their children, Ian, Allen, and Helen; his cousin, Bill (Betty Anne) Sansing; and other relatives.

Bert will always be remembered by many friends and a loving family. He was never happier than at family gatherings surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Such a good family man and kind person is rare to find.

A funeral service will be held at Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin, Texas on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Live Stream Link: www.hpbc.org/livestream.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hyde Park Baptist Church and The Helping Hand Home.

Thank you for your friendship, love, and memories.

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    Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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Beverly Krichamer Lohmeyer

April 3, 2021

Pat, I’m so sorry to learn of Berts death. Such a good looking, sweet guy. I have great memories of you two at Baylor and the fun we shared double dating. Also remember going to his parents house in Marlin. My love and prayers to you and your boys.

Stephen Sherwood

March 2, 2021

When I started practicing Pediatric Dentistry in Austin in 1998, Dr Tate was always so welcoming and helpful, even taking me to lunch several times in my early years. He was a helpful source of knowledge and experience, and never once treated me as anything less than his equal and fellow colleague. I wish his family blessings and peace as they deal with the loss, and express my gratitude for his friendship and mentoring, and admiration for the kind man that he was.

Stephen Sherwood, DDS

Gary Dougherty

January 6, 2021

As a dental school classmate of Bert's, I have many fond memories thru those 4 years. I always found Bert to be a fine, Christian gentleman. Fun to be around. Dee & I will be praying for Pat and family in these next years.
Gary & Dee Dougherty
Tyler, Texas

Holly & Jonathan Decherd

December 30, 2020

Dear Pat and family,
We are deeply saddened to read of Bert's passing. He and your family have been such a positive influence in the Austin community. Praying happy memories will sustain you in this most difficult time.

Ken DeAngelis

December 26, 2020

Bert was a measured, thoughtful gentlemen in every sense. I got to know Bert quite well when we served on the Board of a dental lab business in Boston in the mid-'80's. Later, my four children all became patients of Bert. Bert exuded kindness, character and integrity in all aspects of his life. My deepest sympathy to Pat and the family. We lost a special man.

Ken DeAngelis

Laurie Neuman

December 25, 2020

Our three boys were patients of Dr. Tate's for 15 years. His incredible smile and easy-going manner made a trip to the dentist's office not at all scary. His expertise always put me at ease. He was a gift to our family.

James H. Ratliff D.D.S.

December 24, 2020

Dr. Tate was an exceptional man as well as an outstanding ,
caring children's Dentist. It was a privilege to know him.
He will be missed by many.

Robert Powers

December 24, 2020

During our school years in Marlin, Bert with friends Max Chapman and Butch Stone were always trying to organize a game, football, basketball or softball. He was a leader of the MHS 59 class which I also claim membership.

Gail Tigue

December 23, 2020

It was an honor and privilege to have Dr. Tate care for our three children, spanning about 15 years of trusted dental and orthodontic care from 1985-2000. I don't know what we would have done without him! We have lots of good memories of him and his wonderful staff.

Erin Terry

December 23, 2020

Dr. Tate was my dentist for 18 years. I have such fond memories of my visits to his fun office, his compassionate approach to dentistry, kind demeanor, and down to earth personality. I was never afraid of going to the dentist thanks to Dr. Tate and his staff. May he rest in peace and be proud of the many lives that he touched in a positive way. I also still get tons of compliments on my smile, even at 40 years old. Thanks, Dr. Tate!