Husband of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson dies at the age of 81
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Prominent Dallas lawyer and husband of former United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Ray Hutchinson, has passed away.
Hutchinson, 81, was a municipal bond lawyer at Bracewell & Giuliani in Dallas and was also a leader in creating the DART system in Dallas/Fort Worth as well as the DFW International Airport. Hutchinson also was the driving force to move the then Washington Senators to Arlington which led to the creation of the Texas Rangers. Hutchinson also served on the Executive Board of the Chancellor’s Council for the University of Texas System, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Citizens Council.
Hutchinson earned his BBA from Southern Methodist University in 1957. He also graduated cum lade from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1959.
Governor Rick Perry issued the following owing statement concerning the passing of the beloved Texan:
"This weekend, we lost an extraordinary Texan in Ray Hutchison. From his commitment to developing the North Dallas community, to his service in the U.S. Navy and Texas Legislature, to his instrumental role in the creation of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life, and his contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come. Ray was a true public servant, a devoted husband and a loving father. Anita joins me in sending our prayers and deepest condolences to his wife, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, his children, and the rest of Ray’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
From 1973 to 1977, Hutchinson served in the Texas House of Representatives.