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November 24, 1927 - January 1, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Horace Gibson Rhodes passed away on January 1, 2013 after an illness of several months duration. A lifelong Oklahoman, he was born in Oklahoma City on November 24, 1927, and spent most of what he always described as a "peripatetic" childhood in Oklahoma City and Wellston, Oklahoma. He attended Central High School in OKC before graduating from New Mexico Military Institute in 1945. After a brief stint in the Army at the close of World War II, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. While at OU he met Jeanne Harreld on a blind date. They were married on June 30, 1950. Called into the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he was stationed in Morocco where he and his bride spent two years in what they called the "greatest adventure of their lives." After returning to Oklahoma, they raised three children and were married for 41 years until Jeanne passed away in 1990. Upon his graduation from OU in 1951 he attended University of Oklahoma School of Law, graduating in 1955. Thereafter, he took a job as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Oklahoma. In 1957, he drafted Oklahoma's first comprehensive insurance code, still the basis of the current law. He became President of United Founders Life Insurance Company in 1959 and oversaw construction of the United Founders Tower, a landmark in northwest OKC. He left to pursue a career in mergers and acquisitions, and, in 1971, joined the Oklahoma City law firm of Kerr, Irvine, with which he remained associated until the end of his life. A Democrat for his entire life, he served the party in a number of ways, most notably in 1968 as the Democratic National Committee Representative in the states of George, North Carolina and South Carolina after serving as Co-Chairman for Hubert Humphrey's presidential campaign, and, in 1984, as the Oklahoma attorney for the Mondale campaign. In 1998 he married Jane Mullally, eloping to Clayton, New Mexico, where they were wed in a civil ceremony on August 16, 1998. Their marriage was later sanctified before family in Berkeley, California on September 19, 1998. They made their home in Oklahoma City, though usually spent the winters in Mexico, a country for which he had a lifelong love of its history and its language, which he spoke fluently. He was preceded in death by his first wife Jeanne Harreld Rhodes. He is survived by his wife Jane Mullaly Rhodes; children James W. (Tad) and wife Jeannie Rhodes, Laura K. Rhodes Heiser and Greg Heiser, Rebecca Rhodes; step-children Maggie and Bruce Nemirow, Taylor and Adrian Mullaly, Jr., Hattie Belle and John Santore; grandchildren Max Rhodes, Ella Rhodes and step- grandchild Taylor Mullaly, III. Viewing will be at the funeral home Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013, at St. Paul's Cathedral, 127 N.W. 7th St., Oklahoma City, OK. Memorials may be made to: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, 1000 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, www.occf.org

Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2013
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