Wright, Paul Lewis


Paul Lewis Wright, 89, passed on February 1, 2015 in Dallas, Texas after a long illness. The son of Floyd Hoag Wright and Sylvia Mae Lewis Wright and brother of the late Mary Louise Meriwether, Paul was born in Enid, Oklahoma on June 26, 1925. While a student at Enid High, he participated in band and debate, winning many state and national awards and laying the foundation for what would become a distinguished legal career. Upon graduation from high school, he briefly attended Phillips University in Enid before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1943. He was particularly proud to have served and tented with the Navajo Code Talkers during his time in the military. He also took part in the Occupation of Japan, which inspired him to a lifelong love of the history, archeology, art and architecture not only of that country, but of many cultures as well.

Upon leaving the Marines, he enrolled at Harvard, and after graduating received a Knox Fellowship to attend Oxford University, where he studied the influence of the Jesuits on English Common Law. He then returned to Harvard Law School. Beginning his practice of law with Maguire and Cole in Stamford, Connecticut, he next went to work for the Eisenhower Administration helping establish the Enforcement Division of the SEC. It was while in Washington that he met Alison Margaret Mossler, who he married in 1960 and who shared his life with for the next 54 years.

Together, the couple came to Dallas shortly after their marriage when Paul went to work for the law firm of Jackson Walker. After retiring from Jackson Walker he practiced independently with the Ray Trotti Hemphill law firm  He authored a number of articles, served as Secretary of the Committee of Law and Accounting of the American Bar Association, and was elected a lifetime fellow of the Texas Bar Association.

Paul served as President of the Harvard Club of Dallas in 1989 and 1990, and is one of only five members elected directors emeritus for life for that organization. A lifelong patron of the opera and theater, he also gave back to his community. He served as an elder for the Community of Reconciliation Presbyterian Church. At  Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, he taught Disciple I, ushered and taught a Bible 101 class of his devising. He helped to educate young attorneys by participating in moot courts at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, he judged high school debate competitions and gave generous financial support to  many charities.

He enjoyed a long and happy retirement with his wife and grandchildren, traveling to many of places of interest, including Greece, Turkey, Britain, Crete and Israel.

Paul is survived by his wife, Alison, his son Max, his son Doug and his son-in-law David, his daughter Margaret and his grandsons Elliot and Ian.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231; The SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, PO Box 660412, Dallas TX 75266-0412;  and The Stewpot Homeless Service, 1835 Young Street, Dallas TX 75201.

A memorial service is scheduled for February 28, 2015, at eleven a.m. at the Chapel, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas TX 75230.

12 replies on “Wright, Paul Lewis”

Gina Meriwether says:

I would like to express my sympathy to the Wright family. Your father’s stories were filled with adventure and history. His memory was incredible for a man nearly ninety. May you find peace and treasure his memories.

Tom Wiener says:

Mr. Wright was one of the additional fathers for the group of us boys who grew up with Max. We spent so much time, heard so many stories, and learned many life lessons from him. I began my love of classical music because all of us would go upstairs at the Wright house and Mr. Wright would be listening to one of his many records, which, unusual young boys that we were, we would sit and listen with him. Truly a major influence in our lives and I believe one of the reasons that all of us became the successes that we did.

James Delargy says:

Sorry for your loss. Beautiful obituary and have read through from seeing a link on David’s Facebook. A great life and a great giver.

Alice Gordon says:

It was such a poignant pleasure to read about my friend Doug’s father. What sadness never to have met him. Clearly Paul was much beloved and profoundly interested in the riches of life–family, community, the world, and the workings of the mind and heart. My own heart goes out to you all.

Marla Waak says:

Dear Doug, Margaret and Max. I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He will be missed. Your dad led a very full and exciting life – somethings I just found out he did – like the Navajo Code talkers. How cool is that! I remember your dad, the great Lincoln and our DTC carpools. I remember he had a great laugh and your family had an awesome book collection (good for loans to friends!). I remember some great summer days at your home as well.I am proud to have known him. My thoughts are with you during this time. Marla

John and Adina Christian says:

Max, Doug and Margaret – We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Barbara Moore says:

I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Wright’s death. I worked with him at Jackson Walker law firm and he was always so gracious and happy to visit with everyone. He is missed. Please accept my condolences.


To the Wright family:
Andrea and I want to express our love and sympathy to all of you. We remember Paul well, especially his participation in the Disciple Bible Study program during our years together at PHPC. Paul was an eager student of the Scriptures, and an enthusiastic teacher for others. May the peace of God be with you all as you celebrate his life and faith on Saturday!

Nancy Miller says:

Love and prayers – I always enjoyed Paul’s stories and warm generosity.

Andre' Gorzell says:

Paul was one of the most intelligent and engaging people I have ever known: he was an active listener and always had an amusing comment or two! A great husband, engaged father, citizen of the world, stranger to none; what a privilege and honor to have known him.

Gay and Jim McGuire says:

We are so very disappointed not to be able to come to Paul’s Memorial Service. Such happy memories we have of the HPHS band picnics and eagerly searching for you so to be entertained with more of Paul’s delightful stories. Whatever the event, it was always more fun when he was there. He will be missed.

Caryl Ann White says:

It would seem that Paul Wright was renowned for his many stories among his friends. I also am one of those admirers, having been a member of the Community of Reconciliation. Many thanks, Alison, Max, Doug and Margaret for sharing Paul with us. I, along others will miss him. I was sorry to have missed his memorial service because of the icy weather, however, he is in my thoughts today. Caryl White

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