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AHCA Mourns the Passing of Julian Read

The AHCA is mourning the loss of a longtime supporter and friend, Julian Read, who passed away Saturday, May 8 at age 93.


Luci Baines Johnson (right) reminisces with Julian Read after the two shared the stage at the 2018 Angelina Eberly Luncheon.


During his public relations career, Read worked on the presidential campaigns of Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and of course, John Connally.

Read was a member and longtime friend of the AHCA. On Feb. 2, 2018 he joined Luci Baines Johnson and author Monte Akers to talk about the history of the Driskill Hotel, the panel discussion for that year’s Angelina Eberly Luncheon. He shared his oral history with AHCA in 2017 and in 2019, he helped underwrite Michael Barnes’ Waterloo Press book, Indelible Austin III.


Julian Read (right) with Luci Johnson, Eberly Luncheon Committee chair Charles Peveto, and Monte Akers (left), author of The Grande Dame of Austin: A History of the Driskill Hotel.

Julian Read touched everyone’s hearts and his friendliness and always sharp mind were matched by his many later years of seeming immortal.

AHCA Executive Director Jeff Cohen.


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