Arthur Kowert, 76th president, was born July 4, 1911, in Staunton, Ill. The family moved to Denver a year later and to Texas permanently the next year.
He married Elise Weber on Nov. 11, 1937. He died Feb. 19, 2003 (full obituary)
The original hometown boy spent his entire newspaper career at the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post where he started in 1934 to fill a vacancy as advertising director and filed his last column as publisher Feb. 18, 2003, the day before he died.
Kowert graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and advertising in 1934.
In 1940 he became editor until January 1980 when he was named publisher. He had written his weekly column since May 26, 1948.
Kowert was president of South Texas Press Association in 1944-45. He was a past president of Hill Country Community Press Inc., a central printing operation in Fredericksburg.
He was honored with Texas Press Association’s Golden 50 Award in 1984. In October 1995 he received the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Headliners Foundation of Texas.