GALVESTON — Oury Levy Selig, 82, of Galveston passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2007, at John Sealy Hospital. A native Galvestonian, Oury was born September 24, 1924, to Andrew Lionel Selig and Freda Schreiber Selig. A graduate of Corpus Christi High School, Oury was a WWII veteran, having served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1943 until 1946. Oury graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1949 with a BBA in Accounting. While at UT, he was a member of the Silver Spurs, the Friars Club, Goodfellows, and he was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
Oury Levy Selig
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Oury worked for the Galveston Wharves for 34 years and retired as Deputy Executive Director in 1988. Well known for his expertise in port finance, risk management, and administration, Oury served for several years afterward as a domestic and international port consultant and provided his services to the countries of Panama, Columbia, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Bangladesh. He served as a lecturer in maritime transportation at Texas A&M University at Galveston and also served as a member of the Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees. Oury, an honorary life member of the American Association of Port Authorities, served as chairman of the Port Finance Committee, the Port Risk Management Committee, and the Task Force on Tax Reform, and he received the organization’s ImPORTant Service Award. Oury was the author of An Analysis of U.S. Public Port Profitability and Self-Sufficiency 1985-1994 and the co-author of Public Port Financing in the United States. Oury was also a past president of the Texas Water Conservation Association and was named the Galveston Propeller Club’s Maritime Man of the Year in 1988.
Locally, Oury was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Galveston Jaycees in 1968 and was named the 1968 Galveston County Father of the Year. Oury served both the local and state B’nai B’rith organizations as president. Along with his wife, Miriam, he was honored by State of Israel Bonds with the Israel Freedom Award in 1997.
Oury was known especially for his work with the Boy Scouts. A long-time scoutmaster for Troop 128, Oury took great pride in the work and accomplishments of his scouts and mentored many youths toward their Eagle Scout designation. Oury also served on the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council, and, as a result of his tireless work, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, Scouting’s highest honor, and the Shofar Award. Oury was a Boy Scout, and he exemplified the Boy Scout Law in his character and actions.
Anyone who knew Oury knew of his love for a good joke or story and how much he loved to share those with his friends and family. He loved gardening and always took pride in the appearance of his yard. He was also interested in all kinds of sports.
Oury was greatly loved by his family and friends.
Oury was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Abraham and Anne Pozmantier, his sister-in-law Sidney Pozmantier, brothers-in-law Phillip Nevelow and Adam Levy, and his nephew and niece Max Nevelow, Sr. and Sheila Nevelow.
Oury is survived by his beloved wife of almost 59 years, Miriam Pozmantier Selig, and his four children, Madeline Selig Morey and her husband Robert of San Rafael, California, Debra Selig-Rosen and her husband Paul Rosen of Houston, Michael Selig and his wife Michelle Graham of Arlington, Massachusetts, and James Selig of Galveston. Oury is also survived by his sister, Mitzi Nevelow Levy, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Irving and Paula Pozmantier, nephews and nieces Eric and Donna Nevelow, Jeff and Janet Pozmantier, Barry Pozmantier, Laurie Pozmantier Steinman and husband Irv Steinman; great-nephews and great-nieces Phillip Nevelow, Jessica Parker, Max Nevelow, Jr., Nathan Nevelow, Amy Pozmantier, Jenni Pozmantier; and Ethan Fudge; and numerous other relatives across the country.
The family will receive visitors at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel with Rabbi James L. Kessler officiating. Interment will immediately follow at the Temple B’nai Israel Cemetery on 61st Street.
Pallbearers will be Irving Pozmantier, Eric Nevelow, Jeff Pozmantier, Barry Pozmantier, Robert Morey, and Paul Rosen. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Miller, Melvin Schreiber, Irv Steinman, Michelle Graham, Sidney Farmer III, Phillip Lipnick, and all of Oury’s Boy Scouts from Troop 128.
The Selig family expresses its deep appreciation to Dr. Barbara Thompson and her team at UTMB as well as the nursing staffs of the ACE Unit and the MICU Unit for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Oury’s memory to Temple B’nai Israel, the Galveston chapter of Hadassah, or the Oury Selig Scholarship Fund with the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.