Thomas Richard Sealy, Jr.


Tom Sealy received an LLB degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1931. After attaining his degree in 1931, he went on to practice law in Coleman, TX from 1931-1933 and then with the State Highway Department in Austin from 1933-1935.  In 1935 he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in World War II.  During the war, he used his talents to serve as an executive officer of the Trial Section of Warm Crimes in General Eisenhower’s headquarters in German.  Upon returning home, he practiced law in Midland, Texas with the firm Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder, where he served as Managing Partner of the firm until 1960.

Tom Sealy gave generously of his time and energy to The University of Texas, serving as Chairman of The University of Texas Board of Regents, as well as a Member and Chairman of the Development Board. In recognition of his illustrious service, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ex-Students’ Association of The University of Texas in 1966 and The Outstanding Alumnus Award of The University of Texas Law School Alumni Association in 1970. Tom Sealy also devoted himself to the support of the educational programs of The University of Texas School of Law and to the Law School Foundation in its development efforts. His position as a Trustee of the Foundation from 1967 to 1990, President of the Foundation from 1969 to 1980, Chairman of the Life Trustees from 1985 to 1988, and Emeritus Trustee from 1990 until the time of his death provided invaluable leadership.