RICHARD KEITH COLLINS
AUSTIN – Richard Keith (Dick) Collins of Austin, a retired sports writer who had a second career in real estate, died Dec. 30.
He was 86.
In 1952, Collins graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene with a degree in journalism.
Three days later, he joined the sports department of the Wichita Falls Record News.
Over the next 20 years, he was employed by the Amarillo Globe-News, the Pampa Daily News and the Abilene Reporter-News before becoming the sports information director for Hardin-Simmons University and later for Howard Payne University.
He joined the sports staff of the Austin American Statesman in 1966 and was employed there until 1972, when he began a career in real estate. Collins retired in 2010 after 38 years as a Realtor.
He is survived by a sister, Lanell McKennon of Del City, Okla., and a brother, Alton Collins of New Braunfels.
Funeral service was held Jan. 5 at Cook Walden Funeral Home in Austin, followed by burial Jan. 6 at Tolbert Cemetery near Chillicothe.
Memorial donations may be made to Hardin-Simmons University, 2200 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79698, (325) 670-1000.
MARK STEVEN HENDRICKS
SAN MARCOS – Award-winning former San Marcos Daily Record writer and longtime Texas State University spokesperson Mark Steven Hendricks died Jan. 3 at the age of 63.
A native of Spokane, Washington, he grew up on and around various military bases, including the Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He graduated from Annandale High School in Annandale, Va. in 1971 and from Texas State University in 1981 with a degree in journalism. He is remembered by friends and co-workers as a gifted writer and a great storyteller.
Hendricks first worked a reporter and then news editor at the Laredo News, owned by the Tony Sanchez family. He soon returned to San Marcos, where he worked as a reporter for the San Marcos Daily Record for nearly a decade before starting a 25-year career as the spokesperson for Texas State University and director of media relations and publications. He retired in 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Finlay Hendricks, his mother, five children and three grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held Jan. 22 at the Texas State University End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos. Memorial donations may be made to the PAWS shelter in Kyle or the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University.
JAMES LAWRENCE MOUSNER
HOUSTON – Houston Post veteran and Sam Houston State University journalism instructor James Lawrence Mousner, 90, died Dec. 28.
Following service in the Pacific during World War II, he attended Southern Methodist University on the GI bill and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism. He was a member of the Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity and was a longtime member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, an affiliate of the National Council on Foreign Relations.
He began his career as a reporter on the weekly newspapers Refugio Remarks and the El Campo News until 1955, when he went to work for the Houston Post. During his 40 years at the Post, he served as a reporter, state editor, Austin bureau chief, state/metro editor, night city editor, associate editorial page editor and chief editorial editor. He retired the day the Post closed, April 18, 1995.
He taught journalism for 20 years at Sam Houston State University, where students named him an “honorary Ph.D.”
He wrote several award-winning series during his career, including articles detailing widespread violation of state election laws that led to tighter control of absentee voting provisions in 1960 and a 1967 series calling attention to amphetamine and barbiturate abuse, among the first examinations of the growing availability and misuse of drugs that prompted calls for tighter control of their manufacture and distribution.
He directed the preparation of a series of articles on the acute shortage of prison guards and the subsequent threat to public safety. The series prompted reform and won awards from the Texas United Press International Managing Editors and the Headliners Club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Delia Sivley Mousner, two sons, and three grandchildren.
Memorial service was held Jan. 13 at the First Baptist Church of Houston.
ARTHUR SCOTT LIND
MANCHACA – Former reporter Arthur Scott Lind, who gained national attention for his coverage of Texas-Mexico border issues in the 1980s, died Dec. 28. He was 62.
A native of San Antonio, Lind graduated in 1979 from The University of Texas At Austin, where he worked for The Daily Texan.
He was recalled as being fully committed to his calling and as a relentless reporter by former Daily Texan staffers Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman and Mark McKinnon, former George W. Bush adviser and executive producer of the Showtime series “The Circus” about the 2016 presidential race.
After college, Lind became an investigative reporter for the McAllen Monitor, looking into local issues and South Texas growers’ use of pesticide and their farm workers’ overexposure to it in the fields. He also covered border city workers issues as well as farm workers movements in Texas and Mexico.
In addition to the Monitor, he later worked for The News in Mexico City. He also freelanced in Nicaragua and Central America during the Nicaragua Sandinista Revolution period in the mid-1980s.
Lind received national attention when he was interviewed for the 1986 documentary, “The Global Assembly Line” and told about being jailed and tortured by Mexican police in 1984 while covering a workers’ hunger strike in Reynosa, south of McAllen.
According to his family, Lind suffered an illness in 1988 that resulted in a brain injury, rendering him debilitated and almost completely non-communicative. He lived the rest of his life in residential facilities. Also in 1988, family and friends established the Scott Lind Daily Texan Journalism Excellence Scholarship fund, which continues to provide financial aid to UT students on the cusp of dedicating their lives to the kind of meaningful work Lind pursued in his short but important career.
Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his brother Walt, sister Pamela and their families.
A memorial service was held Jan. 14 at the Marbridge facility in Manchaca, where he had lived for the past 10 years. Memorial donations may be made to the Scott Lind Daily Texan Journalism Excellence Scholarship, Moody College of Communication External Relations, The University of Texas at Austin, 300 West Dean Keeton Street, A0900, Austin, TX 78712.
GALVESTON – Tom Curtis, an award-winning journalist, died Jan. 22 at his Galveston home from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 71.
Curtis began his career at The Galveston County Daily News as a copy boy while still attending Ball High School. He also wrote for the high school paper.
His career included posts at the Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times-Herald and Texas Monthly.
He later worked for the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he edited the university’s magazine, translating scientific research into lay terms.
Memorial donations may go to Antioch College, Office of Advancement, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, or to the ACLU of Texas, P.O. Box 8306, Houston, TX 772888306, or at its website, www. aclutx.org.