Lost in the shuffling conversations of African-American leaders who have been more controversial and more colorful is Fred Blair.
Mr. Blair was one of those leaders whose effectiveness and commitment has never been questioned. And in the opportunities I had to engage with him on the council, in the Texas Legislature and as one of the leading businessmen in our community, I never found him to be anything less than helpful and committed to public service.
It is interesting that in or out of office, he was almost always referred to as 'The Honorable' Fred Blair. You don't always make headlines by being 'honorable', but you always make a deep impact on the lives of people.
Fred Blair died this week at the age of 70.