Joe Allbritton presenting President Johnson with a bound copy of George W. Baines papers. [LBJ Library photo #C554-1-WH64 by O.J. Rapp]

Joe Allbritton, former Trustee of the LBJ Foundation, dies

Dec 12, 2012

Joe L. Allbritton, the founder of Allbritton Communications, the parent company of ABC7, NewsChannel 8 and POLITICO, died Wednesday, just 17 days shy of his 88th birthday.

Allbritton was a civic-minded philanthropist. He served on the Baylor Board of Regents from 1989 to 2001. He served as a trustee of The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and The George Bush Presidential Foundation.

"Joe was, first and foremost, a beloved and loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend," his family said in a statement. "His life was defined by a love, wit, charm and attentiveness that will be forever cherished by all of us. Joe's life was also one of great achievement, as a businessman, innovator and philanthropist. He was fiercely passionate and unfailingly generous. He will be missed dearly." read more