John Logan Biggs Jr., 82, died Tuesday, July 21, at 6:49 a.m. at the Traymore Nursing Center in Dallas.
Born Nov. 8, 1924, Briggs was high man in his January, 1942 graduating class at Highland Park High School. He earned a two-year, half-tuition scholarship to any college in Texas, and chose to attend Southern Methodist University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in May 1943 and served with the 44th Infantry Division in France, Germany and Austria.
Briggs later completed his college education at Columbia University in New York, earning a B.S. and an MBA with top honors in 1947. He worked as an internal writer, spending more than 25 years as a manager in corporate social responsibility at Met Life headquarters in New York.
Briggs was prominent in national philatelic organizations, and was president of the Postal History Society. He contributed to and received honors in many national gold-medal exhibitions.
Briggs worked part time in psychotherapy field and founded The Experience in Dallas, a transformation training program for gays and lesbians on integrating into society. He was active in writing reviews and articles about opera, particularly in Dallas and the lesser capitals of Central Europe not served by regular Opera News correspondents. He also wrote CD notes for a dozen operas published by an independent CD producer.
Briggs had directed that there should be no funeral service or burial, and he was cremated soon after his death, according to his wishes.
Clyde Eugene “Gene” Watson Jr., 61, beloved brother, cousin, and friend, passed away peacefully on July 30, following post-surgical complications.
Watson was owner of Ginger’s Petals and Bows in Mesquite. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Thomas J. Watson; his sister, Cathryn Hall, and her husband Floyd; many relatives and friends and his beloved pets.
The family will receive friends at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest Highway, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Hope. Interment will be Monday Aug. 6, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas. Memorials can be made to the AIDS Resource Center in his name.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 3, 2007