J. R. Wright

Honorary Membership
Stephan F. Austin State University

Deceased May 26, 2015

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, J. R. Wright, age 77, at his home in Nacogdoches, TX. J. R. was born in Tyler on June 17, 1937 and was a lifelong Texas resident. He grew up in Wright City and lived in Kilgore, working in the East Texas oil fields during summers to earn money for college. He attended Kilgore Junior College and then earned a bachelor's degree in History and English from Stephen F. Austin State University. He graduated with a master's degree in Education and History from Sam Houston State University, as well as completed a postgraduate counseling program. J. R. taught History in Jasper and was also a high school counselor in Garland. In 1967, he moved to Nacogdoches to take a job at SFASU as an admissions officer. J.R. loved visiting high schools throughout Texas and telling students and their parents about SFASU. J.R. met his future wife, Paulette, at SFASU. They married after she graduated in 1961. They had one daughter, Wendy Michelle. J. R. loved fishing, woodworking, photography, and traveling. He and Paulette took many cruises, visiting over 40 countries and had only five more states in the U.S. to complete the 50. J.R. retired in 1995and was awarded TACRAO honorary membership the same year.