July 14, 2020 — T. Gerald Treece, a 1969 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and long-time professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, died Monday after a long illness.
Treece, known as “Coach” to thousands of students, joined the South Texas faculty in 1977 where he was the W. James Kronzer, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Advocacy and served as vice president, associate dean of advocacy, special counsel to the president and professor of law.
In addition to establishing the school’s highly ranked advocacy program, Treece Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Torts, and Trial & Appellate Advocacy.
He received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston, earned a Bronze Star while serving in the Vietnam War, shared his expertise as a frequent legal analyst on local and national media, and was an avid Astros fan.
“No words could encompass what a profound and far-reaching impact Coach Treece has had on South Texas for more than four decades,” President and Dean Michael F. Barry wrote in an email to alumni. “His vision, dedication, generosity, warmth, and unfaltering commitment to his students and to the advocacy program have left a lasting mark on our institution and our community. He was a beloved teacher, coach, mentor, advocate, colleague, and friend to so many of us.”
Memorial services are pending.