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Influential Dallas attorney Ray Hutchison dies at 81

Influential Dallas attorney Ray Hutchison dies at 81

Kay Bailey and Ray Hutchison
Ray Hutchison, seen here with his wife, Kay Bailey, died on March 30. Photo via Texas Tribune

Ray Hutchison, an influential Dallas attorney and husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, died on March 30 at UT Southwestern. He was 81.

As a senior counselor at Bracewell and Giuliani, Hutchison had a hand in a number of major Dallas deals, including the creation of DART and DFW International Airport.

He graduated from SMU law school in 1959 and garnered many professional accolades, including the Charles O. Galvin Award for Service and the Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

Hutchison met his wife, who was then Kay Bailey, during his time in the Texas Legislature. The couple adopted two children, Houston and Bailey.

In statement, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Hutchison "an extraordinary Texan."

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.