Howard Vance Rose, Jr., lawyer, chief of staff to Governor John B. Connally, and civic leader, son of Howard Vance Rose, Sr., and Charlotte (Jackson) Rose, was born on October 25, 1930, in Nashville, Tennessee. Sometime between 1935 and 1940, the Rose family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Rose Jr. attended high school at Arlington Heights High. He was admitted to Texas Christian University and attended for two years before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin to complete his bachelor’s degree. At UT, Rose joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity, met his future wife Patsy Ann Patteson, and earned his B.A. He graduated with a J.D. from the University of Texas in 1953 and earned the highest score on the Texas bar exam among the 129 students who took it at that time. Rose married Patsy Patteson on June 26, 1954.
His career in law began as an officer for the United States Army Judge Advocate General Court. He was subsequently hired at the Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy & Laughlin law firm in Midland, Texas. In 1962 the former UT Reagent Tom Sealy suggested Rose for a position in Governor Connally’s administration. In his role as chief of staff, Rose helped draft legislation that would improve higher education across the state. Connally was injured during the Kennedy assassination in 1963, and Rose assisted in setting up a temporary office in Dallas. In 1964 Rose went back to private practice with Stubbeman, et al., in Midland but in 1967 moved his family to Austin where he joined the law firm of Brown, Sparks & Erwin. Rose became a partner, and the firm eventually changed its name to Brown, Maroney, Rose, Baker & Barber. In 2000 the firm established the Howard Vance Rose Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship at the UT School of Law in his honor. Rose continued his practice with the firm until his death.
While in Austin, Rose served as a board member for Keep Austin Beautiful, the Texas Water Quality Board, the American National Bank, and the University of Texas Foundation. He served as chairman of the board of trustees for the Southwest Texas Public Broadcast Council and chairman of the board of directors for the Capital of Texas Telecommunications Council (KLRU). In addition to serving the city of Austin, Rose was the president of the Westwood Country Club and an active leader of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He remained involved in Kappa Sigma as an alumni advisor.
Howard Vance Rose, Jr., passed away at his home in Austin on March 29, 2017, after battling brain cancer. Rose and his wife Patsy, who preceded him in death, had three children, Mandy Rose Delk, Vance Rose, and Julie Rose.