W.T. Bondurant, Jr.
TEXAS, June 23 – W. T. Bondurant, Jr. was born on August 24, 1926 in San Antonio, Texas to Gladys Tinsley and W. T. Bondurant Sr. He graduated from San Antonio Academy, Texas Military Institute, and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.
Mr. Bondurant received a Master of Arts Degree in English from Trinity University and studied Roman History at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the San Antonio Country Club, the Order of the Alamo and Texas State Guard. During World War II, he served in the Navy.
“The Colonel” was honored in 2002 with the Lifetime Achievement Award given for Excellence in Education by the Ford Motor Company. In 1988, the Colonel received the Humanitarian Award from San Antonio Academy given in honor of his father. Col. W. T. Bondurant Sr. The San Antonio City Council honored him the same year with an award for excellence in education. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of San Antonio Academy and also on the board of Texas Military Institute. He also served as President, Emeritus of San Antonio Academy and as member of the Academy's Alumni Council. He was among the Bondurant's honored when the San Antonio Academy's new Library was dedicated in their names.
Mr. Bondurant was a charter member and founding Elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was chairman of the board of the Presbyterian Home and Service Center. He served on the Texas Blue Ribbon Committee for two years. He married Kathryn Baldwin of Farmville in 1947.
He is survived by three children, William Thomas Bondurant III and wife, Ruth; Carol Bondurant Rowland and husband, Alan; and Linda Bondurant Burgtorf and husband, Bradford; four remaining grand-children, Kathryn Green Harris, William Draper Green, Zachariah Bondurant Rowland and Rebecca Baldwin Rowland; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Bailey Harris; and a sister, Gladys Lee and husband, Bob Lee. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Wilson McCulloch Parkhouse.
Services were held on Monday at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas. Active Pallbearers were: Draper Green, Zachariah Rowland, David Harris, Alan Rowland, Bradford Burgtorf and Joseph Harris. Honorary Pallbearers were: John McGar, Walter Arm-strong, Porter Loring Jr., Thad Ziegler, Wilber Littleton, John Webster, Ed Bondurant, Tom Frost, Dick Davis and Don Harrell.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to San Antonio Academy, 117 E. French Pl., San Antonio, Texas 78212 or to a charity of your choice.
Interment in Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, Texas. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.
Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuaries, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas – Tele: (210) 227-8221
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