first_imgReddIt Facebook print A portrait of Dee Kelly Sr. at his funeral reception. TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ Reception for Dee J. Kelly Twitter Previous articleThe Skiff: October 8, 2015Next articleMen’s golf posts best finish of season Caroline Klapp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Caroline Klapp is a junior journalism major from Argyle, Texas. She currently serves as the academics editor. Reception for Dee. J Kelly Caroline Klapp ReddIt Memorial service for Emeritus Trustee Dee J. Kelly at University Christian Church. (Alexandra Plancarte/TCU360) Stanford professor speaks as Green Honors Chair Linkedin Reception for Dee J. Kelly Memorial service for Emeritus Trustee Dee J. Kelly at University Christian Church. (Alexandra Plancarte/TCU360) Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ Student publishes children’s book, “The Howard Gardner Zoo” Athletics programs increase geographical diversity on campus The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Reception for Dee. J Kelly TCU students teach dance through TCU Tadpoles Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Hundreds of mourners came to the Dee J. Kelly Center on Wednesday afternoon to honor the life of the center’s namesake.Mr. Kelly, 86,  a TCU graduate of the class of 1950 who served on the board of trustees from 1971 to 2007, died last week.Family, friends and coworkers remembered Mr. Kelly first at a memorial service at the University Christian Church and then at the reception, which immediately followed.Dee J. Kelly Jr., Mr. Kelly’s son, thanked those gathered for their support.“We’re grateful,” Kelly said. “It’s all we can hope for.”Kelly recounted his father’s place in his life.“My days began and ended with my dad,” Kelly said. “He meant everything to me.”Patrick Kelly, a grandson of Mr. Kelly, is a first-year business major at TCU.“I never knew him as Dee J. Kelly, he was just a grandfather,” Patrick Kelly said. “I’ve spent every Christmas with him. We didn’t miss one. I wouldn’t have done it any other way.Patrick Kelly said his grandfather could be described as hardworking.  He was the “epitome of how a successful man should grow up to be.”“He was always there to listen no matter what,” Patrick Kelly said. “He was one of the most caring men I’ve ever met.”He added that his grandfather encouraged him and all his brothers and sisters to go to college.“He is the reason I’m at TCU, the reason every one of his grandchildren has a college education,” Patrick Kelly said.Economics adjunct professor Harry Ledbetter was running for state treasurer in 1973, when he met Mr. Kelly.“When I first got to know him was in the 1970s,” Ledbetter said. “Everyone told me, if you want to run for office, you need Dee J. Kelly’s support.”Ledbetter said Mr. Kelly was fair and wanted what was best.“He was considered a go-to for political support in Tarrant County,” Ledbetter said. “He wasn’t looking for favors, he just wanted to make sure the best person was elected.”Mr. Kelly was a founding partner of the law firm Kelly Hart & Hallman. Beth Thurman, an associate with the firm said Mr. Kelly had a significant impact on Fort Worth.“His presence was felt on a daily basis and his love for the community was felt on a daily basis,” Thurman said. Twitter Memorial service for Emeritus Trustee Dee J. Kelly at University Christian Church. (Alexandra Plancarte/TCU360) Caroline Klapp https://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ A portrait of Dee Kelly at his funeral reception. + posts Reception for Dee J. Kellylast_img

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