JENKINS GARRETT, Fort Worth attorney, was appointed to The University of Texas System Board of Regents in 1969 by Governor John B.Connally. Mr. Garrett, whose term will expire in January 1975, is chairman of the Regents’ Land and Investment Committee. He also is a member of the Board for Lease of University Lands.
Many of his activities have been related to education. From 1965 to 1971 he was a member and chairman of the Board of trustees of the Tarrant County Junior College District. In 1964 he served on the Governor’s Committee on Education Beyond the High School, which sought to outline the needs of Texas higher education.
In addition, Mr. Garrett served from 1960 to 1968 as trustee and finance committee chairman for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He continues as a director of that seminary foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Educated at U. T. Austin, where he received both the B.A. and LL.B. degrees in 1937, Mr. Garrett was an outstanding student and served as president of the student body in 1936. He earned a Master of Laws degree from Harvard in 1939.
He was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1940-44, and a regional attorney for the War Production Board, 1944-45. For the next 20 years he was general counsel for the J.M. and 0.P. Leonard Interests in Fort Worth. He has been in the private practice of law since 1965, with the firm of Garrett, Stahala, Gandy & Horger.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Garrett is a director of News Citizen Newspapers, as well as of the State Reserve Life Insurance, Chemical Lime, Inc., and Western Savings and Loan Association.
Mr. Garrett is one of the founders and first president of the Collectors' Institute, which is co-sponsored by U. T. Austin's Humanities Research Center and the Texas State Historical Association. His fine private collection relating to Texas History and the Mexican War is now housed at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Jenkins Garrett Foundation in 1970 was instrumental in having some of Professor Walter Prescott Webb's writings republished in a volme titled History as High Adventure.
Mr. Garrett is a member of local, state and American Bar Associations and the Texas Bar Foundation.
Born December 14, 1914, in Caldwell, he is married to the former Virginia Williams, and they are the parents of two daughters and a son.
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