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Kraft W. Eidman

Kraft W. Eidman

The late Kraft Eidman joined the law firm then known as Fulbright, Crooker & Freeman in 1935. He became a partner in 1947 and head of the firm's Litigation Department in 1973. In November of 1973, the Fulbright & Jaworski partners elected him as managing partner and chairman of the firm's Executive Committee. He was the firm's third chairman following the late John H. Crooker, Sr., and Leon Jaworski.

Mr. Eidman was also very active in local, state and national bar associations. In 1960 he served as president of the Houston Bar Association. He was also a fellow and president of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as a member of the Dean's Council of the University of Texas Law School, as president of the University of Texas Law School Alumni Association and as president and trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation. In 1978 Mr. Eidman was designated a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas. He also served as Trustee and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Development Board, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and as a trustee of the M. D. Anderson Foundation. He was president of the International Association of Insurance Counsel.

Mr. Eidman was born on January 17, 1912 in Liberty Hill, Texas. He received an A.B. in 1932 and an LL.B. in 1935 from The University of Texas, where he was associate editor of the Texas Law Review, was a member of Chancellors at the Law School and of the Friar Society at the University.

There was no chink in the professional armor of Kraft Warner Eidman. He was a great trial lawyer of the highest integrity. The late Chief Justice of the United States Warren Burger appointed him as a member of the Anglo American Exchange in 1977 to amplify cordial relations between United Kingdom trial lawyers and those of the United States. All lawyers would do well to use him and his dedication to and love of his profession as a role model for their careers.

Mr. Eidman is survived by his wife, Julia Mary (Kiddie) Eidman; three sons, Kraft Gregory Eidman, Dr. Dan Kelly Eidman, and John Bates Eidman; and seven grandchildren.