Former Huston-Tillotson President Dies

King was longest-serving president at university

John Q. Taylor King
John Q. Taylor King

Dr. John Quill Taylor King Sr., the longest-serving president of East Austin's Huston-Tillotson University, died Aug. 3. He was 89. King served as HT's president from 1965 to 1988, during which he worked tirelessly to raise money for the school. He considered himself a "professional beggar," says one of his sons, Stuart King, who notes that his father gave as much as he could to ensure that the school was successful – once even taking out a second mortgage on his East Austin home in order to make the school's payroll. King's family established the King Funeral Home, now King-Tears Mortuary, on East 12th Street; King served as president of the family business. (In April we reported on the efforts of King's daughter-in-law Janice King to bring green, eco-friendly funerals to Austin; see "What's Old Is Green Again," April 22.) King served in World War II and remained active in the Army Reserves and the Texas National Guard, speaking about the service across Texas and the country, says Stuart, until retiring in 1983 as a major general; two years later, then-Gov. Mark White promoted King one last time, to lieutenant general. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10am at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard.

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