Horace Durwood Kelso, 68, of Galveston, died at John Sealy Hospital on June 12, 2007. Horace was born on May 7, 1939, in East Bernard, Texas and grew up in Gonzales, Texas.
After graduating from Baylor University in 1961 with a BA in Biology and Chemistry, Horace enlisted in the United States Army, where he spent three years doing medical research in Natick, Massachusetts along with working at the Framingham Union Hospital. Horace then moved to Galveston in 1964 where he worked for UTMB in the Internal Medicine Department. Horace retired in 1998 from the Cancer Center after 34 years of service at UTMB. After retiring Horace was a substitute teacher in GISD for three years and was involved in the Standardized Teaching Patient Program for medical students at UTMB.
Horace’s favorite pastimes included gardening, traveling, relaxing with his dog, reading about World War II, and working out at the UTMB Field House. He was in the 2001 Galveston County Master Gardeners’ graduation class and also became a Master Naturalist in 2001. In addition to being a member of the International Oleander Society, Clean Galveston, and the Native Plant Society, Horace served as the Treasurer of the Friends of Moody Gardens. Horace was looking forward to celebrating his 50th high school reunion from Gonzales High School in October.
Horace was a dedicated volunteer in youth activities when his children were young, a devoted husband, and a wonderful father. He is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Mary Lou, their two daughters Amy Kelso of Houston and Jennifer Bachman of Sewanee, Tennessee, his son-in-law, Robert Bachman, his grandchildren Andrew and Cate, who he cherished dearly, and his beloved dog Barney.
Visitation for family and friends will begin at 5:00 pm, Friday, June 15th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, led by Father John LaBauve, SVD. A funeral procession will depart Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 9:15 AM for St. Mary’s Cathedral where Father Leo Wleczyk will celebrate the funeral mass at 9:30 am. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Horace’s family would like to thank the excellent medical team that gave him such terrific care during his final days. In particular they would like to thank his SICU nurses, particularly Abby Roscow, Tiffany Boysen, Margaret Matthew, Olinka Zamora, and Debra Bergland, his neurosurgery team, Dr. Nauta, Dr. Salinas, and Dr. Castille, his outstanding primary care physician, Dr. Russell La Forte, Pulmonary physician, Dr. Alexander Duarte and special friends Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer.
Pallbearers will be: Steve Smith, John Hopkins, Johnny Smecca, Dr. Richard Fritz, Dr. Hans Langsjoen, and Dr. William M. Johnson. Honorary pallbearers: neighbor, Donald Moore, and high school classmate and friend, Walter Marek of Gonzales.
Memorials may be made to the Galveston County Master Gardeners Association, c/o Galveston County Extension Office, 5115 Highway 3, Dickinson, Texas 77539.