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Texas History Loses an Eminence

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FehrenbachThe San Antonio Express-News reports today that esteemed Texas historian T.R. Fehrenbach died on Sunday of a congenital heart condition at San Antonio’s Northeast Baptist Hospital. Fehrenbach was 88.

Among Fehrenbach’s more than 20 books, Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans was the best known and most widely read. Fehrenbach was also a longtime columnist at the Express-News and a former head of the Texas Historical Commission.

In October 2012, Observer contributor Saul Elbein interviewed Fehrenbach for a feature on the author and his book’s lasting legacy.

Houston native, 7th-generation Texan and Rice University graduate Brad Tyer has contributed from both near and far to the Observer since the mid-1990s, including stints as freelance critic, contributing writer, interim editor, long-distance copy editor and, currently, managing editor.

  • Texas Savvy

    His was the definitive history of this state!