Oct. 25, 2004, 1:18AM
Houston attorney Ernest O. DeBakey
Son of famous heart surgeon was active in charities
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
Ernest O. DeBakey, a Houston lawyer and the son of
famed heart surgeon
Dr. Michael DeBakey, died Friday of stomach
cancer. He was 59.
Ernest DeBakey practiced family and contract law in Houston.
He graduated from Arizona State University and Baylor College of Law.
DeBakey was active in numerous charities, including the
Make a Wish
Foundation and the
DeBakey Medical Foundation. He was instrumental in
the donation of computers to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
"He was a person who was devoted to his friends and his family,
and since he had these two younger children at a mature stage in life
he was very, very devoted to his youngsters, Michael and Katy,"
said his brother, Denis DeBakey of Houston.
Ernest DeBakey is survived by his father and stepmother, Katrin
DeBakey; children Michelle DeBakey, 33; Michael Ernest DeBakey, 13;
Katherine DeBakey, 11; and Stacy McDonald, 38; sister Olga DeBakey of
Houston; and brothers Barry DeBakey, also of Houston, and Michael
DeBakey of Lima, Peru.
A service will be at 2 p.m. today at Methodist Hospital's Weiss
Chapel, 6550 Fannin. A wake will follow at Blanco's, 3406 W. Alabama
O. DEBAKEY was born on January 6, 1945 and died October 22, 2004.
Ernest was a graduate of Arizona State University and Baylor
College of Law. He practiced law in Houston until his death. He was
involved in many charities and was especially proud of providing
computers to MD Anderson Hospital for children with cancer. Ernest
is survived by his father
Michael E. DeBakey, stepmother Katrin
DeBakey, children Michelle, Michael, and Katherine DeBakey and
Stacy McDonald and her family, his brothers Michael, Barry, and
Denis DeBakey, sister Olga DeBakey, his uncle Ernest DeBakey, his
loving aunts Lois, Selma, and Marsha DeBakey, his cousin Joe
DeBakey and many other family members and friends. The DeBakey
family wishes to thank Dr. Garrett Lynch, Dr. Jim Schwartz, Dr.
George Noon, and all the other physicians who devoted their
expertise and time to minister to Ernest. We offer our gratitude
also to Mr. Ron Girotto and his entire staff at The Methodist
Hospital who provided excellent care and attention during Ernest's
hospitalization. The family appreciates the devoted service of
Hendrika Banning, RN and Roberta Jenkins and the support and
concern of all our friends and colleagues. Services will be held at
The Weiss Chapel, Methodist Hospital, 6550 Fannin Street at 2pm,
Monday, October 25. Following the service a wake will be held at
Blanco's, 3406 W. Alabama Street, from 3pm - 5pm. In lieu of
flowers, those who wish to make donations may send them to The
Methodist Hospital or The DeBakey Medical Foundation, 6565 Fannin
Street, Houston Texas 77030, or to the charity of their choice.
Published in the Houston Chronicle from
10/23/2004 - 10/25/2004.