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The Honorary Hilary B. Doran, Jr.

Del Rio

Appointed by

Governor Clements





Date of Passing

December 21, 2019
U. T. Student

Hilary B. Doran, Jr., was appointed to The University of Texas System Board of Regents in January 1983 to replace Jane Blumberg of Seguin.

Mr. Doran began college at Texas A&M University with the intention of attaining a degree in animal husbandry. However, a drought in the 1950s dashed his plans and he transferred to Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government.

After a tour in the U.S. Air Force, Doran entered the School of Law at U. T. Austin in 1962. Three years later he returned to Del Rio, his hometown, to practice law and founded the firm of Doran, Gulley, & Etzel.

Doran served four terms in the Texas Legislature until January 1975. During that time he served on numerous House committees and was vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He served as Executive Assistant for Governor William P. Clements, Jr, from May 1981 to January 1983. He served as Chief of Staff to Governor Clements in 1987 and was named the first Chairman of the Texas Racing Commission in 1988.


The Honorary Hilary B. Doran, Jr. was appointed by Governor William P. Clements, Jr., and took the oath of office on January 11, 1983. This nomination was recalled by Governor Mark White on January 20, 1983. Regent Doran served on the Board until April 12, 1983 when the Senate confirmed Robert Baldwin's appointment.