Tony Armendariz (3/31/06)

March 31, 2006


Othoniel (Tony) Armendariz, a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority since July 2001, and previously a Member from 1989-1997, died yesterday in San Antonio, Texas, after a brief illness.

Prior to his most recent appointment by President George W. Bush, Member Armendariz had previously served as a Member of the FLRA Authority for two other presidents, from December 1989 to March 1997. Before his appointment to the Authority, Mr. Armendariz was General Counsel of the University System of South Texas, which comprised Corpus Christi State, Texas A & I, and Loredo State Universities. After the University System merged with Texas A & M University System in 1989, Mr. Armendariz became Assistant General Counsel in charge of litigation for the second largest university system in the State of Texas. For four years, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney General's Office and as a District Counsel for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission in Houston, Texas. While living in Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Armendariz was associated with a law firm and also represented U.S. companies in that country.

On behalf of the Authority, FLRA Chairman Dale Cabaniss stated: "Tony truly was a member of the Greatest Generation. His strong commitment to public service and his country reached from his youth on the battlefields of Europe in World War II to his time serving three Presidents as a member of the FLRA. As we mourn his loss and recognize his many contributions to our country, I know that I, along with many of you, have lost a great and dear friend. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Tony's family and friends."

Born on June 15, 1924 in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, Mr. Armendariz was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a decorated WWII veteran, earning a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, and the WWII Medal. Member Armendariz received a B.S. degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, a J.D. degree from St. Mary's University School of Law, and a Master's degree in Comparative Law from Southern Methodist University. He also studied law at the School of Law of the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas.

Tony Armendariz is survived by his wife of 53 years Blanche Armendariz; his children George Armendariz, Cindy Cockerill, and Rebecca Klein and their respective spouses, Mary Armendariz, Bill Cockerill, and Dale Klein; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial/funeral service plans are pending and will be held in San Antonio, Texas.