The University of Texas Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Alumni Foundation has selected Norton Rose Fulbright trusts and estates lawyer Rodney Koenig for its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Jointly awarded by the UT NROTC Midshipmans and Alumni foundations, the award is given for outstanding personal achievement or support that credits the UT Naval ROTC.
Koenig is a native of La Grange, Texas, residing in the West University Village within Houston, Texas. Earning a NROTC scholarship, he obtained a BA in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962. He served in the Navy as a bridge officer and Chief Engineer during the Vietnam War, then taught at Auburn University for the Navy. In 1969, after attending the UT Law School, Koenig joined Fulbright. Koenig has been with Norton Rose Fulbright for 44 years, practicing in the area of trusts, estates, probate and foundation law. Now retired as a partner, Koenig is of counsel and continues to practice at Norton Rose Fulbright.
His naval career also includes serving as president of the Houston Navy League, commissioner of the Battleship Texas Commission, president of the UT NROTC Alumni Association, committee member of the USS Houston Bell Monument Committee, treasurer of the USS San Jacinto Committee and member of the US Naval Order. After five years of active duty as a Navy line officer, Koenig served as a JAG officer in the Naval Reserve, later retiring as a Captain, JAGC, USN.
Koenig has also created numerous foundations and he serves on a number of charitable and foundation boards, including Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest, Christ the King Lutheran Church Foundation, the James Dick Foundation at Round Top, the Williams Foundation, the Orton Foundation, the Jackson Foundation, the Midshipman Foundation, the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, the Luck & Loessin Collection Trust, Texas Lutheran University Corporation, University of Texas Gift Planning Group, Houston Early Music, the English Speaking Union, Bach Society Houston, Main Street Theatre and others. He particularly loves working with foundations that support scholarships since he was both able to attend UT on a Naval scholarship and law school on the GI Bill.
Koenig served as the state President of the German-Texan Heritage Society, was responsible for obtaining its state headquarters in Austin, and has written a quarterly column ("Leave Your German Mark") for over 20 years in its Journal. He is on the Board of Houston Leipzig Sister City Association. He chaired the German Gulf Coast Association, and was a Founding member of the Texas German Society. He was previously awarded the "Order of Merit" by the Federal Republic of Germany. He is the immediate Past President of Houston Saengerbund, the oldest continuously operating singing group in Houston. He and his wife Mary sing with Saengerbund. He also sings with the Houston Liederkranz and its Shanty Chor.
The City of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker declared October 6, 2013 the Houston Saengerbund Day to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of the Houston Saengerbund. Read the proclamation here. The Houston Saengerbund celebrated the milestone Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Braeburn Country Club. Photos from the event will be available soon.
Celebrating 130 years since its founding, the Houston Saengerbund continues to honor of German heritage and culture in our community. Records from the Houston Saengerbund, including materials dating back to the society's inception, can be found at the University of Houston Special Collections. Click to visit this special blog entry written by Gregory Yerke.
The Houston Saengerbund is proud to sponsor Oktoberfest's featured band, the "Munich Evergreens" a 6-piece band direct from Bavaria, bringing you all your favorite tunes and many more. This is as close to the real Oktoberfest as you can get right here in Houston, Texas. Wear your Dirndls and your Lederhosen… we will let the good times roll! Food, beer, schunkeln, dancing and singing! Member Admission is $10 each day; Non-Member Admission is $12 each day. Event will be held at 5100 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX (2 miles north of N. Loop 610). This is a joint event between the Houston Liederkranz and the Houston Saengerbund. For tickets and more information contact Irene Pfingsten at 281-890-8232. www.houstonliederkranz.com
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The Houston Saengerbund was proud to support the Texas Music Festival, organized by the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, June 4-29, 2013. Our funding made it possible for Horst Foerster, conductor from the 'Akademisches Orchester Leipzig, Germany' to conducting here in Houston on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15. A complete press release with all Texas Music Festival events can be downloaded here.
The Houston Saengerbund recently sponsored the University of Houston Moores School Concert Chorale's trip to the 13th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2013. The formal announcments of results can be found here.
In an award ceremony at the University of Houston Department of Modern & Classical Languages on April 19, 2013 the Houston Saengerbund has awarded Nicholas Warman with the Study Abroad Award. Nicholas Warman will spend two semesters in Lueneburg, Germany and perfect his German language skills while also learning about the German culture and way of life.
Winners of the Roy Jones and the Houston Saengerbund Fellowships were Alessandria Benson, Zhiting Cai, Caitlin Laird, Alexander Lam, Laura Michel, Christina Randall, Danielle Rossbach, Ellen Trinklein, Eric Wagner, Wandy Yana Wang, and Brody Weinrich. In summer 2012, they traveled to Germany and enrolled at the renowned Herder Institute at the University of Leipzig to study German. Click for full article...