Condolence & Memory Journal

Austin has lost an important figure in John Duncan. He and Becky have done so much to support justice, right wrongs, and offer a helping hand to those who need one. Linda and I offer our condolences to Becky and her family.

Posted by Forrest Preece - Austin, TX   March 05, 2019

John was a talented, brilliant, gentle human being. Through the years I was proud to know him and his work on progressive causes which I shared. We will miss him. Brady Coleman, Austin Feb. 17, 2019.

Posted by brady coleman - austin, TX - Friend   February 17, 2019

John was our quiet but persistent conscience when I was a reporter at the Capitol. Never shrill, always gently reminding us to dig deeper...there was always more to the story. John did not shout the truth to us, he pointed in its direction so we could discover it for ourselves. A magnificent man, always.

Posted by Bill Cryer    February 16, 2019

John and I served together on the Board of the Texas Coalition to End the Death Penalty in the 70s just after it was brought back. He was consistently aware, listening and talking, always willing to work together. Other progressive causes brought us together over the years. I had great respect for his intelligence and commitment. He will be missed.

Posted by Jim Simons - Austin, TX   February 14, 2019

My warm condolences are expressed to all who were affected. We look forward to the time when death will be a thing of the past. (1 Corinthians 15:26).

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2019

What an incredible man! So thankful I worked with him. And remained friends long after. He will be missed.

Posted by Shanna Igo - Austin, TX - Friend   February 13, 2019

In the Spring of 1969 I took Professor Duncan's advanced theory course at Tech. His enthusiasm was contagious and soon on their own the class divided up into three competing theory groups and met before each class to prepare for the lively debates that were the hallmark of his teaching method. I am blessed to have had the honor of being one of his students.

Posted by Ernest McKenney - Austin, TX - Student   February 11, 2019

My final semester at Texas Tech, fall 1971, I took Professor Duncan's economics course. Amongst other teachings, and on a personal level, he encouraged us to give back to our country through service. My brother was serving in the Army in Viet Nam and I had a high draft number. I chose to become a VISTA. I know that decision shaped my life going forward and I believe for the better. Thank you Professor. Jason Blake Tollett

Posted by Jason Blake Tollett - Austin, TX - Student   February 10, 2019

As Exec. Dir. of the TCLU, John fostered and help build the High Plains Civil Liberties Union in Amarillo, the 70's. He supported Selden Hale, my husband, who filed lawsuits only on John's recommendation. He was later a valued colleague of mine at the Comptroller's Office when I was Deputy Comptroller. He was our friend for 40 years! He was truly a good man and one who fought the good fight.

Posted by Claudia Stravato Selden Hale - Amarilo, TX   February 10, 2019

I am saddened to learn of John's death. I loved every day I worked with John. My thoughts and prayers are with Becky and all of John's family.

Posted by Cindy Morphew - Austin, TX   February 10, 2019

Maggie and I are deeply saddened to learn of John's passing.

Posted by Joe K Longley - Austin   February 10, 2019