Professor Emeritus Reby Cary passed away on December 7th at the age of 98. He was the first of many things: African-American educator at UTA (1969), African -American school board member in Fort Worth(1974), the list goes on... and on.
Mr. Cary was a Coastie in WWII, fighting through five campaigns. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1985 and was the author of 20 books dealing with stories of African-American individuals, institutions and organizations. And to many, he was a beloved and respected member of the New Rising Star Baptist Church.
He was the center of attention at any African-American Alumni Banquet. I learned mostly of him through Zeb Strong, whose eyes and words always spoke volumes of how he felt about the man he called "Brother Reby". Turns out that was a common opinion of the man. His star always shone bright, his words were wise and he opened so very many doors. His kind come not often.