Robert H. Dedman, Sr., Dallas business leader, philanthropist, entrepreneur, family man and founder of ClubCorp, Inc., died Aug. 20 from a long-term illness. He was 76.
Dedman was an Advisory Director for Stewart Information Services Corporation, having served since 1992.
"Mr. Dedman was a true and humble gentleman who worked hard and demanded the best of his people," said Malcolm Morris, Stewart Chairman and Co-CEO. "I'll miss him but I am glad to have known Bob Dedman."
"Mr. Dedman was 'wise,'" said Stewart Morris, Jr., Stewart President and Co-CEO. "He contributed to the direction of Stewart Title and the success we enjoy today. His counsel will be missed, and his contributions remembered."
Dedman, chairman of the ClubCorp Board of Directors at his death, launched the company in 1957. The Dallas-based organization now owns or operates more than 200 golf courses, country clubs, private business and sports clubs and resorts throughout the world.
Among the company's most recognized golf properties are Pinehurst in North Carolina, Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, and The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
Known as the "King of Clubs" - also the title of his 1999 autobiographical/ motivational book - Dedman earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Laws degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and six additional honorary degrees.
The Dedman School of Law, Dedman College and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports at SMU are named in his honor. He also served two terms as a member and chairman of the Texas State Highway and Public Transportation Commission.
For a complete article about Dedman's extraordinary life, see http://www.dallasnews.com/obituaries/stories/082102dnbusDedman.59834.html.