June 28, 1931 – June 15, 2015
Harold E. Batiste, Jr. (USAF Retired), 83, entered eternal rest on June 15, 2015, at Morningside Manor, San Antonio, Texas. A devoted husband and father, he was born on June 28, 1931, in East Bernard, Texas, and graduated from Jack Yates High School (Houston) in 1949. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Texas Southern University, a master of education degree in school administration from Our Lady of the Lake University, a master of business administration degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University, and began doctoral studies in Education Administration at Texas A&M University.
Batiste had a distinguished career for 33 years in the United States Air Force and was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two clusters) and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He retired in 1985 as Director of Medical Education at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and became lead instructor of the Nursing Home Administration program at St. Philips College. He actively trained and mentored many long term care administrators until March 2015. He was a highly respected layperson in the United Methodist Church, Southwest Texas Annual Conference, a member of Windcrest UMC, and a member of numerous boards and commissions. Known as a man of great talent, capability, kindness, intelligence, and style, Batiste treasured his time being of service in personal and professional endeavors.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Ella Anna (Bateman) Batiste; his father Harold E. Batiste, Sr.; and brothers Roy H. Batiste and Charles A. Batiste; survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Gertrude “Trudy” B. Scott Batiste, his three children Dr. Harold E. “Gene” Batiste III (Scott M. Honeychurch) of Washington, D.C., Bertrand “Randy” H. Batiste of Dallas, and Dr. Amy L. Batiste (Michael E. Woodwick) of Minneapolis; sisters Delores B. Moore of San Francisco; and Julia B. Anderson of Houston; nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; extended family, and many church, fraternal, military and professional friends and colleagues.