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Louie White   


Amir Abdul Khaliq

Ned Anderson

 

 

 

Louie White


When Louie White joined the Austin Police Department in 1959 , there were only seven black police officers and none of them were allowed to arrest white suspects.

He began his career as a police officer at a time when both the city and the department were deeply mired in pre-Civil Rights-era racism, but he persevered and was promoted to captain, later leading the department's diversity hiring initiative in the 1970s and recruiting a new generation of young, black police officers.

White, one of Austin's first African American police officers and one of the most influential black leaders in the city's history, died Saturday morning at St. David's Medical Center in Austin,Texas. He was 76.

He served on the force for 29 years and retired in 1988. He remained active in the community until his death, including serving as a board member for the Austin NAACP for two decades.

Local NAACP President Nelson Linder said White rarely missed meetings despite health problems brought on by advancing age, and was even involved in the firefighter union contract negotiations last month.

"He's the single most important black man in this city's history, in terms of being a role model," Linder said. "Capt. White was the model of community policing."

White was born in Mexia, Texas near Waco, Texas the youngest of eight children. He moved to Austin, Texas to be with his older sister and later joined the police department, said his niece, Betsy Mayfield.

"I think it was just his love of family and community, and wanting to make things better" that drove him to become a police officer, Mayfield said. "He was really sincere about helping anyone he could." White didn't just fight to enforce the law on the streets of Austin, Texas - he had to battle bigotry within the uniformed ranks as well.

When he joined the police department, black officers could only work in East Austin, said Assistant City Manager Mike McDonald , a former officer mentored by White. The word "nigger" was extremely prevalent at cadet school, White told the Austin American-Statesman in 1992.

In 1972, White put himself in the line of fire to save a hostage and was awarded the department's medal of valor. But he didn't get his picture taken at a big ceremony like a white officer would. Instead, his superiors just tossed the medal onto his desk.

"That was the era he came through," McDonald said. "He told stories to all of us to say the challenges we faced were miniscule compared to what the first black and Hispanic officers faced."

In spite of that, White had a decorated career as an officer, earning many awards and commendations. In the 1970s, Chief Frank Dyson placed White in charge of recruiting and training, and he oversaw the hirings and careers of many black officers, including Cathy Ellison, who would go on to become an assistant chief and acting chief before retiring last year.

She said Saturday she remembers how he continually went to bat for the officers he recruited.

"Once he recruited you, he followed your whole career and made sure you were okay," Ellison said. "A lot of us had our careers as long as we did because of what Capt. White did for us."

Ellison said White wasn't the type to go fishing when he retired. After he left the department, he spent the next 20 years following it closely, keeping track of new recruits, and was critical of the department's use of force policies against minorities.

In 2006, he was finally awarded the medal of valor he earned in that hostage situation decades earlier with a proper ceremony.

"Captain White was a man of courage who was known as a trail blazer for others who followed him," said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. "He will be sorely missed by the men and women of the Austin Police Department as well as the City of Austin."

Still, his niece Mayfield remembers him as the man who used to come by her mother's house on his breaks and make sure everything was okay at her house.

"I think he made a difference," Mayfield said. "He was one of those special men whom you would hear a lot of men and women say, `I respect him.'"

 

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Ned Anderson

 

In peace, with dignity, and in the grace of God, surrounded by loved ones, Ned Henry Anderson passed away to Glory on Friday, August 19, 2011. With his never-ending faith, Ned was strengthened to endure the trials and tribulations of his illness.

The sun rose in Victoria, Texas, on November 24, 1946, thus beginning the happy, successful, and selfless life that was Ned's journey. Throughout his life, Ned never complained. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who gave unselfishly of his time and counsel to all who crossed his path. The eternal optimism and humble nature that defined Ned touched countless lives.

Ned was born in Victoria, Texas; reared in Austin; met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Joyce Wilkins. They were blessed with four children.

Those who will cherish his memory include: wife: Carolyn Joyce Anderson; daughter: Tina Anderson-Gobert; sons: Andre B. Anderson, Gregory Keith Anderson, and Robert Eugene Anderson; grandchildren: Josh Gobert, Justin Gobert, Cody Gobert, Christian Gobert, Kaylin Anderson, Darnell Anderson, and Taylor Anderson; brother: Eugene Anderson, III; sister: Claudette Anderson; maternal aunt: Clara Harvey; maternal uncle: C.B. Crittenden; son: Nedric Smith; daughters-in-law: Cassandra Cano, and Lauren McGuire; special friends: John Graves, and Felician Gobert; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and extended family members.

Preceded in death and rejoined in Heaven: mother: Ollie Mae Anderson; father: Eugene Anderson, Jr.; maternal grandparents: Pinky Crittenden Brown and Sam Brown; paternal grandparents: Annie Mae Anderson and Eugene Anderson, Sr.

Ned recognized early in life that his calling was to be a public servant and protector of those around him. He gave himself to the service of his country in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman. Ned served a tour in Vietnam and returned to Austin following an Honorable Discharge. Ned became a firefighter in the Austin Fire Department (AFD) from 1970 – 1971. He then joined the ranks of Austin's finest by joining the Austin Police Department (APD) in 1971.

At that time things were different in Austin and lent to the demographics within the department. Ned proudly led the way to opening doors for minority populations to join the APD and to making things better for the underrepresented members of the troops. Recognizing his likeability and easy-going nature, then APD Chief Miles selected Ned to head a special task force that concentrated solely on recruiting minorities into the department. He approached this responsibility with great dedication. Ned began his tenure as the 13th African American in the department and worked tirelessly to integrate the APD.

Ned served in various capacities within the APD, beginning his career as a patrolman and rising to the rank of Senior Sergeant. He retired from the APD in 1999, ending 28 successful years as a decorated police officer. The calling of public service was too great and Ned came out of retirement in 2000, as an Investigator for the Texas Lottery Commission and later, for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLOSE). Ned retired again in 2010, completing 38 years of service in law enforcement.

Ned was a law enforcement official from the very core of his being. The need to serve others and work for the good of the underrepresented was what led to his being known as a champion of others. No task or request was too small for Ned to work on and he approached all requests with unrelenting tenacity. Well known in the law enforcement arena, Ned collaborated on various task forces that eliminated duplication. He successfully crossed the lines of other law enforcement agencies and worked alongside others for the greater good.

Ned was a humble leader, well thought of and highly respected. He helped others more than he helped himself. He never bragged about his accomplishments and accolades. Material items meant little to him. Ned loved people. He was a humanitarian, putting others first, and was all action, not just talk. His ability to lead by example made him an exceptional leader. Ned stood tall and made others do the same, defining the very essence of this extraordinary man's legacy.

During his career, Ned attended St. Edward's University, acquiring a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, 1977. Education was important to Ned and he stressed this point to his children, grandchildren and others. He encouraged all to strive for higher education, meet those goals, and set more. He strongly urged everyone to continue learning and move forward.

Every aspect of Ned's life was focused on his family. His wife was his eternal love. His children were his pride. His grandchildren were his joy. He was such a Daddy and Granddaddy, always feeling it was wrong to say no to his children and grandchildren. Although he treasured every moment he could spoil them, he made sure they knew the value of a dollar and the fulfillment of hard work. He instilled a strong hard work ethic in his children. He grew them by engaging them in community service activities such as cleaning cemeteries in East Austin, working rallies to benefit causes, and working activities to benefit nonprofit organizations. Ned was a jokester and had a penchant for taking lessons he passed on to his children and turning certain words into pet names for them. Whenever he called them by "these common words stretched into names", he and his children would burst into laughter, sharing yet another special moment.

Ned enjoyed countless hours cheering his Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns to victory. He often arranged his schedule around the games and planned trips to see his favorite teams play. Ned was also an avid researcher and was often called upon by former colleagues to assist in various projects. He always took on those tasks with care and concern. Ned loved to cook and constantly experimented with spices and herbs.

The sun set in Austin, Texas, on August 19, 2011, thus ending the fruitful, altruistic, and generous life that was Ned's journey.

The outpouring of support from Ned's neighbors, friends, and extended family has been outstanding, and allowed for the best care Ned could receive. Special thanks to David W. Hayes, M.D., FACC, your compassion meant so much to him; Brian Hardaway, M.D., your care uplifted him; Roberta Bogaev, M.D., your concern encouraged him; and Audre Crain, R.N., your support made a difference daily. Additional thanks to the fine staff of Satellite Dialysis, Austin Texas; St. David's Hospital, Austin Texas; Baylor Medical Center, Dallas Texas; and St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston Texas.

The family acknowledges and appreciates the care and attention to detail with which Ned's Homegoing Celebration has been prepared by the APD Color Guard, especially Sgt. Tim Kresta; the Travis County Sheriff's Office, mostly Sheriff Greg Hamilton; the Retired Police Officers Association, specifically SPO Randy Malone, retired APD; and the Austin Police Association. Special thanks to Captain Freddie Maxwell, retired APD; and Bobby Mack.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions in Ned's honor to:
American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or
• National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Lone Star Chapter, 8111 N. Stadium Drive, Suite 100, Houston Texas 77054; or
American Heart Association
, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd, Suite 320, Austin Texas 78759.

Serving as casket bearers will be members of the APD Color Guard. Honorary casket bearers are Andre Anderson, Greg Anderson, Robert Anderson, Josh Gobert, Justin Gobert, Cody Gobert, Christian Gobert, Darnell Anderson, Freddy Martin, and Nedric Smith.

Visitation from 5:30 – 9:00 P.M., in the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 N. IH 35, Pflugerville, Texas on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The funeral service will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 3417 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Committal Services with the Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff's Office rendering full funeral honors at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery at 14501 N. IH 35, Pflugerville Texas.

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Amir Abdul Khaliq

Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier in a police motorcycle crash at the intersection of Burnet Road and Ohlen Road.

He was providing an escort for a funeral and was attempting to reach the next intersection when a car attempted to turn left through the procession. The car pulled directly into his path, causing him to strike it. He was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

The driver who caused the crash was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Officer Abdul-Khaliq was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Austin Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his five children.

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