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Event Marks Vester Hughes' First 50 Years as Counsel

Friends and colleagues of Vester T. Hughes, Jr. gathered in June at the MabelPetersCaruthCenterto honor his “first 50 years of service” as general counsel or senior tax counsel to Communities Foundation of Texas.

CFT became a client of Mr. Hughes in 1958, 18 years before he joined the law firm that became Hughes & Luce LLP and recently merged with K&L Gates.

The native West Texan received a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1952. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark.

“For 50 years, one of the primary reasons people have come to know CFT is Vester Hughes,” said CFT President and CEO Brent Christopher. While CFT grew, “Vester also grew into one of the most prominent, trusted tax lawyers in the United States.”

CFT board chairman Charles J. Wyly, Jr. announced the creation of the Vester T. Hughes, Jr. Charitable Fund. CFT’s trustees will award grants from the fund in Mr. Hughes’ preferred area of interest.

Vester Hughes, center, receives congratulations on 50 years of service as CFT’s counsel from Bobby Lyle, left, and Jody Grant, right.