Mr. Edmund Lewis Cogburn

February 28, 1932May 7, 2014

Edmund Lewis “Ed” Cogburn, 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, the 7th of May 2014, in Houston, Texas. He was born in Okeene, Oklahoma, on the 28th of February 1932, to Gladys and Beryl Cogburn. Ed was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, and friend. Ed spent his formative years in Oklahoma and graduated from Copan High School in 1948. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas School of Law. Ed was an outstanding student. At the University of Texas School of Law, he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Texas Law Review, Chancellors, Quizmaster, Order of the Coif, and the honorary law fraternity Phi Delta Phi. Ed graduated from law school in 1954, and upon graduation married his beloved Marilyn, to whom he was married for 58 years until her death in 2012. After serving two years in the U. S. Army as a commissioned officer, he spent two years practicing law in San Antonio. In 1958, Ed moved to Houston. He joined, and later became a partner of the law firm that would become Dow, Cogburn, & Friedman, which merged with Winstead, Sechrest & Minick in 2001. He loved the law and continued to practice throughout his life. Ed was board certified as a specialist in both litigation and real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was recognized by his peers as an outstanding lawyer who was not just a student of the law, but also a scholar and teacher of the law. Ed was licensed to practice before the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ed was active in the Democratic Party, serving as a member and Parliamentarian of the State Democratic Executive Committee, and a member and supporter of the Harris County Democrats. Most of all, Ed loved his fellow human beings and was always ready to champion the rights of those who were unable to speak for themselves. Ed was a long time member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and an active member of the Harmony Sunday School class. In his leisure time, he was a voracious reader who loved discussing books and sharing stories. Ed was always quick to recite a poem or sing a song. He enjoyed being a resident of the Hallmark community and participating in its choir. Ed was predeceased by his wife Marilyn, and his father and mother. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jana Cogburn and his cherished granddaughter, Cara Cogburn. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the evening on Sunday, the 11th of May, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 12th of May, in the Chapel of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Linda Christians, Executive Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Hines Baker room. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Ed’s name be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22013, Houston, TX, 77227-2013; or to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. Ed will be missed by his family and friends and all those he touched during his lifetime, but his memory will be a blessing and comfort to all who were fortunate enough to have known him.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 11, 2014
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 12, 2014

Mr. Edmund Lewis Cogburn

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May 12, 2014

I wanted to be with you today to say goodbye to our cousin, Edmund Lewis. My thoughts and heart-felt sympathy are with you at this time.
Patty Klingler Boody
Florence Heath Klingler (she's waiting to greet him in heaven)
Elizabeth Boody Miorini

Sondra Heugatter

May 12, 2014

I first met Mr.Cogburn in 1962 when I worked for Kalvort, Benn and Ward in the T. J. Bettes Building. He and Mr. Kalvort were friends and he helped the firm to take an appeal case all the way up. That case was against the Catholic Dioceses regarding a child played in its care. I was impressed with him from then on. Many years went by and my husband and I were at a party and ran into Mr. and Mrs. Cogburn. Many years went by from that time and what to my surprise he appeared on the elevator at The Lyric Centre where I worked. From then on, we had great conversations and he had total recall about so many things especially the first case I spoke about. I really enjoyed his stories and appreciate his strength and ability to be "at the office" almost every day. I talked with Mrs. Cogburn on several occasions in the Lyric Centre Parking lot when she drove him to work. He and I would walk the tunnel sometimes. What a scholar.

Mike Workman

May 12, 2014

I first met Ed Cogburn in 1982 when I re-organized and led the Harris County Young Democrats. I count both Billie Carr and Ed as mentors. We kept in touch at various Democratic functions over many decades. He was first and foremost a gentleman and one of the most caring individuals I have been lucky enough to know. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I will miss his friendship and regret that distance will keep me from being at his funeral service.

Gene Feigelson

May 12, 2014

My introduction to Ed Cogburn was through our beloved Billie Carr. Billie said go work with Ed on some projects and learn how to deal with people. I did and I learned. Ed taught me ethics, integrity and humility. He taught me different aspects of politics and real estate law. We enjoyed our times with Marilyn and Ed and the many funny stories that he told differently every time. In recent years and in failing health, he still managed to bring out that fabulous sense of humor. We have lost a genuine political asset.

Charles Soechting

May 12, 2014

I was so proud to call Ed my friend for many years. What a treat it was to have Ed serve as the Parliamentarian during my tenure as Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. Ed exemplified what all of us should strive to be., Charles Soechting, San Marcos, Texas

Dennis Themer

May 12, 2014

I had the privilege to work with Ed at Dow, Cogburn & Friedman. He was a wonderful attorney as well as a personable person. He used to laugh at my jokes. Remember him and Marilyn on our many outings out for dinner on special occasions.

Leah Karotkin

May 11, 2014

I met Ed Cogburn through Billie Car and the Harris County Democrats. Ed was an inspiration to me through his intellect, wit and profound desire to see all people advance. I often think of him and Billie and wonder where all the good people in the world have gone.

Debbie Cleveland

May 11, 2014

My first job was with Dow, Coburn and Friedman. Mr. Cogburn asked me to leave the receptionist position and be his secretary. He was always one of the kindest and most patient bosses anyone could have ever asked for. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. It's been many years since I last saw you, but will always have fond memories regarding our working relationship.

Lynna Kay Shuffield

May 11, 2014

... I knew Ed through the Bayou City Democratic Women's Club, 414 Democrats and the Moderate Democratic Organization (MDO) ... these groups are long gone but I remember Ed from his involvement in all levels of Harris County Democratic politics from his local Precinct Convention, to Senate District Convention, to the State Convention and to the National Democratic Convention ... He was always a nice person and respected everyone ...

Judy Kay Craft

May 9, 2014

Billie Carr introduced me to Ed in 1976, and I learned most of what I know about Parlimentary Procedure from him. He was very important to the progressive wing of both the Harris County Democratic Party and the Texas Democratic Party. I will miss him and his work.