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Longtime KHOU legal analyst Gerald Treece dies

He provided legal analysis to KHOU for more than three decades and trained some of the best legal minds in the country.

HOUSTON — We have some very sad news to pass along about a member of the KHOU 11 family. KHOU's longtime legal analyst, Gerald Treece, has died.

Treece provided legal analysis for KHOU 11 for more than three decades. He was a regular on our Saturday morning broadcasts, answering questions from many of our viewers. He helped explain complex legal issues for our stories.

Treece's down-home, tell-it-straight advice was trusted by KHOU viewers. KHOU's Ron Trevino anchored the legal segment with Treece for years.

"He was the kind of person who could take a complicated legal issue down to earth so that you could understand it," Trevino said. "Every time we finished the Legal Journal on ... he'd say, 'Go Astros.' And tonight, that's really all I have to say. Gerald Treece, 'Go Astros,' it was an honor to have known you."

He was an expert on issues of civil rights, Constitutional law, torts and trial and appellate advocacy. He graduated from law school at the University of Houston in 1969. In 1970, he married his wife, Sue.

Treece served as South Texas College of Law vice president, associate dean and professor. He launched the school’s ‘Best in the Nation’ Advocacy program in 1978, according to the school.  And through his program and teachings, South Texas College of Law trained some of the best litigators and legal minds in the country.

His favorite quote was, "I love the law." Treece made sure the last four digits of his phone numbers were always 1776.

We also know how much he loved his wife, Sue. They had recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. 

Here's a photo from their wedding day that he shared with us. Shortly after this was taken, Treece shipped out to basic training, then served our country in Vietnam.

Credit: Provided
Gerald Treece provided us with this photo of he and his wife, Sue, at their wedding in 1970. Shortly after this photo was taken, Gerald went to basic training and then served in Vietnam.

When he wasn't teaching, Treece was a huge baseball fan. As a longtime season ticket holder, he loved his hometown Astros.

He was a fixture in the Houston community and a dear friend to all of us at KHOU.  We’ll miss him.

Please join us in sharing your condolences and memories of Professor Treece. Here's a link. We will share your messages with Sue.

Credit: KHOU
Treece reviews a case as a member of the University of Houston Student Court. This photo is from the 1969 university yearbook.