Howard W. Horne, Sr., 86, passed away October 25, 2012. A native Houstonian born May 13, 1926 to Louise and W.A. Horne, Horne graduated from the local public school system and Texas A&M University. His academic career at Texas A&M was interrupted early on by World War II, where he served in the Air Force as a First Lieutenant. He finished his degree and returned to his hometown of Houston to join his father’s business, The W. A. Horne Company. His career stretched from 1948 through 1991 when the company was merged into Cushman & Wakefield.
As the owner and chairman of The Horne Company, he directed the leasing of such buildings as One Shell Plaza, Two Shell Plaza and Pennzoil Place and also participated in the land assemblage for these structures. He had extensive experience in syndication of commercial real estate transactions. Horne represented many of the major corporations in Houston, such as Texas Commerce Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of Houston, Houston Industries Inc., Houston Endowment Inc., Rice University, Prudential, Hines Interests, and The Coca-Cola Company.
Mr. Horne was also involved with many civic affiliations. He served on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership for more than 20 years and as a member of the executive committee. At the partnership, his committee work included aviation, public relations, mobility and the regional service systems task force. Mr. Horne was nominated by Mayor Fred Hofheinz in 1978 to serve as Houston Metro’s first Chairman. In that capacity Mr. Horne organized and led the successful campaign to create the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), and to shepherd Houston’s transition from private to publicly operated public transit. Mr. Horne was always a strong advocate and proponent for development of rail as a key ingredient for a balanced mobility system.
Mr. Horne was a founder and past trustee of the Episcopal High School. He served as the treasurer of the Greater Houston Association and PAC, director of Central Houston Inc., director of Rice Center, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, and a member of the Houston Economic Development Council. He also served on the board of St. Luke’s Texas Heart Institute. Horne served as a director of Houston Industries and Houston Lighting and Power Co. (now Center Point Energy) from 1978 to 1997.
Mr. Horne was an early advocate for sustainable development and a sustainable Houston. His leadership will not be forgotten.
Mr. Horne leaves us with one thought, “Life is short, enjoy it by giving back more than you take.”
Excerpts from the Houston Chronicle, October 27, 2012.