Col. Mary Garr, commander, U.S. Army Garrison (left) presents T.R. Fehrenbach with a reproduction of an original painting of the Gift Chapel as thank you for his participation in the centennial celebration. Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw (right), commander, Fort Sam Houston and Army Medical Department Center and School also presented Rep. Frank Corte Jr. with the chapel portrait. (Photo Credit: L.A. Shively)
The wife of noted Texas historian T.R. Fehrenbach says the former longtime head of the Texas Historical Commission has died. He was 88.
Lillian Fehrenbach said her husband died Sunday of congestive heart failure in San Antonio.
Gov. Rick Perry in 2001 named Fehrenbach commissioner emeritus of the state agency he headed from 1983 to 2001.
Fehrenbach wrote 18 nonfiction books and was a World War II and Korean War veteran. His works included "Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans" and "This Kind of War," which the Texas Senate once proclaimed essential reading for U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.
Fehrenbach was awarded multiple civilian honors and military decorations. He also had a San Antonio Express-News column.
He is survived by his wife, one niece and two nephews.