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Charles W. Barrow (1921-2006)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1977-1984

Charles W. Barrow was born September 22, 1921 in Poteet, Texas, and received his early education in the public schools of Atascosa County. His career path would follow that of his father, Hunter Barrow, a district and court of appeals judge. Barrow attended Baylor Law School, where he earned his LL.B. in 1943. He married that year, and he and his wife had four children.

During the Second World War Barrow served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters, participated in the Normandy invasion, and received seven battle stars. He served again during the Korean War, and was a captain in the Naval Reserve until retiring in 1976.

Barrow worked as a trial attorney for thirteen years in San Antonio before beginning a twenty-seven year career as a jurist, first as judge of the Forty-fifth District Court. In 1962 Barrow's parents were killed in an automobile accident, and Barrow was appointed to fill his father's unexpired term on the Fourth Court of Civil Appeals at San Antonio. He served in that position until 1977, when he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by Gov. Dolph Briscoe following the resignation of Don Yarbrough in the face of Yarbrough's indictment.

Barrow was then elected to the position in 1978 and reelected in 1982, serving as an associate justice from 1977 to 1984. He wrote more than 600 opinions during his judicial career and became known as one of the "workingest" judges in Texas. He was awarded Baylor's Distinguished Alumnus award in 1982.

Charles Barrow resigned from the bench in 1984 to become dean of the Baylor University Law School, a post he held until 1991. He returned to San Antonio, where he served part-time as a district judge until retiring in 1996. Charles W. Barrow died June 25, 2006 at the age of eighty-four. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.


Charles Barrow, Texas Cemetery (visited September 26, 2006).

Charles W. Barrow, Baylor Law: A Rich and Proud Tradition (visited September 26, 2006).

Extended bibliography

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 25, page 475
Volume 26, page 17, 23
Volume 29, page 87, 361
Volume 30, page 91
Volume 34, page 958
Volume 40, page 669
Volume 41, page 335

Ford, Jon. Barrow to Seek Court Seat, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 5, 1975.

Barrow Files for High Court, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 9, 1975.

Justice Barrow Merits Election to Supreme Court, San Antonio Express, Dec. 10, 1975.

Barrow Wants to Stay Unopposed in Court Race, Beaumont Enterprise Journal, Dec. 19, 1975.

Jones, Gregory. Top Court Candidate Says Qualifications Basis for Promotion, El Paso Times, Mar. 21, 1976.

Davidson, Vickie. Barrow not Bitter, San Antonio Express, Jan. 15, 1977.

Barrow Favors New Method, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 21, 1977.

Barrow Ran on Record, Austin American-Statesman, July 16, 1977.

Morehead, Richard. Barrow Gets Yarbrough's Court Post, Dallas Morning News, July 16, 1977.

Fish, Richard. Yarbrough Successor Nominated, Houston Chronicle, July 16, 1977.

Weser, Deborah. Barrow is Top Choice for Justice Seat - Again, San Antonio Express, July 16, 1977.

Robison, Clay. Barrow to Fill Court Slot, San Antonio Light, July 16, 1977.

Barrow Is in Shock, San Antonio Light, July 16, 1977.

Rodriguez, Lori. Bar Chiefs Say Most Lawyers Endorse Barrow Appointment, Houston Chronicle, July 17, 1977.

Barrow Wins Senate's Okay, Austin Citizen, July 18, 1977.

Montgomery, Dave. Senate Vote Puts Barrow on High Court, Dallas Times-Herald, July 18, 1977.

Barrow's Nomination an Outstanding Choice, San Antonio Express, July 18, 1977.

Ford, Jon. Barrow Wins Senate Approval, Austin American-Statesman, July 19, 1977.

Road to Judgeship Rough for Barrow, Austin Citizen, July 19, 1977.

Davis, Stewart. Senate Confirms Barrow, Dallas Morning News, July 19, 1977.

Barrow Confirmed by Senate, 27-0, Houston Post, July 19, 1977.

Merkel, Dick. Barrow Climbs His Hill, San Antonio Express, July 19, 1977.

Merkel, Dick. Barrow Wins Approval to Join Supreme Court, San Antonio Express, July 19, 1977.

Davis, Stewart. Associates Believe Barrow Eminently Qualified for Post, Dallas Morning News, July 24, 1977.

Morehead, Richard. Barrow Sworn in as Texas Justice, Dallas Morning News, July 26, 1977.

Barrow Given Oath, Replaces Yarbrough, Houston Post, July 26, 1977.

Blessed Relief, Austin American-Statesman, July 27, 1977.

Robison, Clay. Judge Forced to Forego Golf for Work, San Antonio Light, Oct. 30, 1977.