A husband, father, and grandfather; an attorney and Texas state senator; a community and school volunteer; and now, an advocate for those, like himself, who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Jack B. Strong has a desire to bring awareness to this disease and remove the stigma associated with it.
Mr. Jack B. Strong is serving as honorary chairman for the 2011 East Texas Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will again take place at LeTourneau University on Saturday, September 17. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. A Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support, research, and education.
Throughout his many years of volunteer service to our community, Mr. Strong has served on the board of Special Health Resources of East Texas, was a founding board member for Margaret’s House Hospice, and volunteered at Longview Community Ministries. He serves on the board for the East Texas Housing Authority. Mr. Strong volunteered at Longview High School for the “Men on the Scene” program and was appointed to both the State Board of Education and the Blue Ribbon Committee for Educational Research. An avid art collector, Mr. Strong is a member of the Longview Museum of Fine Art.
“Volunteerism is a combination of obligation and opportunity. We have an obligation to use the skills we were born with and raised with to seek the opportunities to make a difference,” Mr. Strong said. “And finally, we have the obligation to pass this forward to the succeeding generations.”
Mr. Strong was born and reared in Carthage, Texas, and moved to Longview in 1958. He graduated from Carthage High School and attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. Mr. Strong is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the UT School of Law. He is retired from Cammack & Strong Law Firm in Austin, Texas. Mr. Strong and his wife, Nelda, have been married twenty-two years and they have six adult children and twelve grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Strong are members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Mr. Strong taught Sunday school for more than 50 years, and his students from years past make a point to stop in to visit him when they come in from out of town.
“I think Longview is a friendly, down-to-earth community that offers opportunities for all people to advance themselves and rejoices at people’s successes. The people of Longview are much more interested in what you are and what you do, than your heritage,” Mr. Strong said.