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Schreiner Mourns Distinguished Alumni Frank Denius ’42

//Schreiner Mourns Distinguished Alumni Frank Denius ’42

Schreiner mourns the loss of Frank Denius, a donor, distinguished alumni and friend of the University. Link to Obituary.

In April of 2018 Frank earned the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award below is what was written about Frank.

To say Athens, Texas native Frank Denius has lived an honorable and distinguished life would be an understatement.

One of America’s most highly decorated veterans of World War II, receiving four Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts, Denius returned home and distinguished himself at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his law degree in 1949 and soon developed a reputation as one of Texas’ top lawyers and civic leaders.  He has been a notable advocate and benefactor of his alma mater, and was instrumental in the development of the UT Dell Medical School.

But before his illustrious military service, before making Austin his home and establishing himself as a Longhorn legend, before embarking on a long career in law and becoming a major supporter of UT Austin and many other notable causes, Denius was a Schreiner student.

Denius arrived in Kerrville to enroll in Schreiner Institute in 1938.  He remembers that the “rules were definite, and the discipline was demanding.”  According to Denius Schreiner taught me “discipline, how to study and I learned people.”  He remembers fondly the close fellowship among and between fellow cadets.  Two of his fondest memories are beating Kilgore Junior College in Football for the championship in 1940 and “carrying the colors in the Battle of Flowers parade in San Antonio on San Jacinto Day.”

Another day etched in Denius’ mind was Pearl Harbor Day.  All cadets were immediately summoned to campus.  Denius remembers that “our rifles, bayonets, two machine guns, and one thirty-seven millimeter cannon” were gathered and sent to Fort Sam Houston.

Denius said, “Military training and the discipline that went with it became part of my life.  Ever since I went to Schreiner, I’ve tried to do my best at whatever I’ve taken on.”  His time at Schreiner laid the foundation for what would be an honorable and distinguished life.

Denius was recognized as a UT Distinguished Alumnus in 1991, and in 2017 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Law Alumni Association. He has numerous honors and accolades from professional organizations and publications to honor his long and distinguished career.

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