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Thomas Gerald Treece

April 9, 1945July 13, 2020

Thomas Gerald Treece, age 75, of The Woodlands, Texas passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020. Thomas was born April 9, 1945.

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Tom Hunter

April 9, 2021

In 1967-'68, I shared an apartment with Treece and two other students at Cougar Apartments on Calhoun Road. Once I accompanied him to a bank in downtown Houston, where he talked them out several miniature UH helmets that otherwise were only given to depositors. He was quite a talker. I just recently learned of his passing. My condolences to his family and and friends and may God bless his soul.

Josanna Smith

October 31, 2020

The first thing I think of when I remember Gerry was his great smile and uplifting greeting when we were at UH. I can perfectly picture him opening the bus door as bus driver with his great greetings to take us to UH from an off campus dorm. It was a smile for a lifetime.
He was a gentle giant in many ways, not the least being his genius and kindness. Thank you for everything, Ger and Family. You gave a lifetime of service, my dear friend. Rest In Peace

Benjamin Burt

October 30, 2020

To the family and loved ones of Dean Treece,

Having just learned of his death of via the Texas Bar Journal, I extend to you all my sincere condolences. Many have rightly mentioned his many incredible and, truly, record breaking and record setting accomplishments. My remembrance, however, is more low key, I suppose. I did not compete in Mock Trial or Moot Court, but I did clerk for Dean Treece back in the early-mid 1990s. I remember his massive intelligence, keen wit, smiling eyes, and passion for the law. I also remember the way he also remembered my name, actually sought my input, and would send my down to the little snack bar for a bowl of potato soup mid-afternoons. Most of all, however, I remember how he granted me a private meeting, during which he listened to me and then outlined a course of action -- supported by his personal endorsement -- which literally made it possible for me to be able to say today that I am a proud member in good standing (inactive) of the State Bar of Texas. I have never forgotten that kindness, as I have thought of him regularly and frequently over the years. What a great man he was, I think that's the side the public knew through media appearances and winning awards. However, I can personally attest he was also a good man, and that seems to be an increasing rare find these days.

Rest in Peace. May his memory be a blessing.

With loving gratitude,

Ben

Benjamin M. Burt, Jr.
STCL Graduate December 1996

JOHN WOODS

August 1, 2020

I have watched Professor TREECE for years on Chan 11 Saturday morning news show. He was very informative in the limited time they gave him to explain complex legal problems to the public. He was another giant in the community that helped the common man. R.I.P. Prof. TREECE.

Randal Hendricks

July 27, 2020

Jerry and I were classmates at UH law school, and had a number of classes together. We also became friends for life, the kind where, while you did not socialize much, you nevertheless always were a friend and when you talked/met, you took up where you last left off. We also worked on several cases together and talked legal theory from time to time. I judged more than one South Texas competition for him.
He was a great human, with loads of compassion, a truly remarkable person, who will be missed.

John Dies

July 23, 2020

So many of us owe Dean Treece a debt of gratitude. Hundreds of lawyers benefited from his mentorship and the world class program he created.

He was a lot more than a coach. I can recall a time when the team was at his house, and there was a lot going on. He looked at his watch, and stopped what he was doing, to go call his elderly mother and tell her it was time to go downstairs to eat. I just happened to walk by, and I remember being struck by his kindness with his mom, and thinking he may be a legal legend, but he is also a great guy.

Years later when I called to ask if he had an recent grads looking for work, he remembered who I was and even details about my competitions, he always made you feel important no matter how busy he was.

Rest In Peace Coach, and Godspeed.

Eugene Clayborn

July 22, 2020

Professor Treece - Constitutional Lawyer- Coach - Inspiration - the man, the mentor, the consumate educator. Thank you investing in my dreams, hopes and aspirations. God bless you always and may you rest in eternal peace.

Don Kobos

July 20, 2020

Dr.Treece was always a gentleman and a great interview. He will be missed. Don Kobos

Ida Murguia

July 20, 2020

Best law professor ever!! His kindness and compassion as a teacher will be greatly missed. He always brought out the best in ALL of his students!!!

With deepest condolences,

Ida Murguia
Austin, TX
STCL Graduate 1996

Bonnie Sudderth

July 20, 2020

Professor Treece was my favorite law professor. I actually looked forward to his classes.

Bonnie Sudderth
Chief Justice
Second Court of Appeals
Fort Worth

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