Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Quilliam, William Reed
DATE OF INTERVIEW: December 3 and 13, 1973; July 14, 1998
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend, Gene B. Preuss
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 4 hours, 50 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Reed Quilliam, a former Texas state representative, discusses his life as an attorney and a professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law, along with his involvement in Texas politics.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Gives background
Born: 1929, in Beaumont, Texas
Schooling recounted
Comments on interest in politics
College career discussed
Spent time in Navy
Moved to Lubbock remembered
Taught a year at Tech
Returned to law
Ran for state representative
Texas politics described
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Experiences in state legislature recalled
Discusses state revenue
Speakership of house considered
Notes his voting records
Governors compared
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Talks about lobbyists
Techniques noted
Remembers social pressure
Texas State Teachers Association recalled
Role of Mexican-Americans considered
Comments on law school appropriations for Texas Tech
Tells about Ben Barnes as Speaker of the House
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Talks about law school at Texas Tech
Problems in obtaining funds noted
Comments on amendments to appropriations bills
Pledge card system explained
Continues about law school
Speaker affiliation described
Recalls major pieces of legislation concerning Lubbock
Medical school for Texas Tech recommended
Obtained state school for mentally retarded
Name-change issue for Texas Tech remembered
Recommendation for systems in higher education
discussed
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Systems bill stalled
Lists reasons for leaving state politics
1973 reform session recounted
Reflects on Sharpstown scandal
Political career summarized
Need for regional authority considered
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE: Continues discussion about regional authority
Texas constitution considered
Explains reasons for teaching at Texas Tech
Went back to graduate school in law
Teaching courses talked about
"Last Tango in Paris" incident described
Tells about 1967 congressional session
Faculty compensation discussed
Chaired Highways and Roads Committee
Problems in financing public education noted
TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE FIVE, SIDE ONE: William Reed Quilliam, Jr.
Born: January 21, 1929, in Beaumont, Texas
Parents: Father—William Reed Quilliam, Sr.
Mother—Gladys Harned Qulliam
Head of music at Lamar University
William Reed Quilliam Sr. (again)
Geologist
During Depression, went back to school to become a
lawyer
Hebbronville, Texas
Attended school, grades 1-8
Texas was on an eleven-grade system at the time
Joe Nagy
Beaumont, Texas (again)
Education
Hebbronville, Texas (again)
Water supply
William R. Quilliam Sr. began the Hebbronville
Utilities Inc. along with the Yeager (?) family
Owned it from 1934 to 1963
Parr family of Duval County, Texas
Stories
Hebbronville, Texas classmates
Beaumont, Texas (again)
Detroit Tigers farm team, the Beaumont Exploiters
(farm-based team)
Career ambitions
Become a sports writer
Lawyer
University of Texas School of Law
Involvement
After school, applied for active duty
Naval reserves
Myrna, wife
Story of their meeting
Korean Conflict
Patrolled waters
Lubbock, Texas
Wages for lawyers, $300-350 a month
Taught business law at Texas Tech University
$477 a month
$100 a month grading correspondence courses
TAPE FIVE, SIDE TWO: Teaching at Texas Tech (again) in 1955
Children
Corrine (?), b. Feb. 1954
Catherine, b. Oct. 1955
William Reed III, b. July 1961
Lubbock, Texas (again)
Weather
Dust storms
Teaching at Texas Tech (again)
Law practice
With Marion Key and Warlick Carr
General practice
Trust officer at American State Bank
Real Estate Practice
House Representative in Texas Legislature
Took Waggoner Carr’s seat
Always interested in politics
1961-1969
Issues—sales tax
Kennedy assassination
House Representative (again)
Passed the medical school planning bill for Texas
Tech (1965)
Ultimately passed in 1969
Getting the Texas Tech University School of Law
funded
TAPE SIX, SIDE ONE: 1965 legislative session (continued)
Preston Smith
Opinions
Remarks on representing Lubbock in the House
Have to decide whether to vote your district or your
conscience
Ralph Yarborough
Opinions
Politics
Opinion
Price Daniel
Opinion
John B. Connally
Opinions
Jim Walters
Associates who ran law firm while Quilliam was gone for legislative sessions
Jim Walters (again)
Formed partnership
General practice
Richard B. "Dick" Amandes
Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Law
Quilliam becoming a faculty member
Offered Quilliam a position
Going back to school
Harvard
January 1968-January 1969
Lexington, Massachusetts
Work hard during the week and sightsee weekends
Texas Tech University School of Law (again)
Taught 1969-1995
Opposition and support of building the school
Lubbock Bar Association
Quantity of lawyers
Benefits
Cheap labor from students
Access of the law library
Students
Age differences
Thoughts on teaching
TAPE SIX, SIDE TWO: Minorities in law school
Women
Huge increase in law students
African-Americans
Women (again)
Texas Tech University School of Law’s effect on the Lubbock community
Benefits (again)
Cheap labor from students (again)
Access to library
Speakers
Public perception of lawyers
Too much litigation
Competition
Expenses
Areas of teaching
Advice to potential lawyers
Must be willing to work
Like the law
Future of the legal profession
Greater emphasis on mediation and arbitration
RANGE DATES: 1929-1998
BULK DATES: 1961-1995