The Texas Public Policy Foundation extends its condolences to the family of its former board chairman, Houston businessman William McMinn, who passed away on Monday.

McMinn had a distinguished five-decade career in the petrochemical industry. He was president and chief executive officer of Cain Chemical and chairman of Arcadian Corporation and Texas Petrochemicals. He served on the company boards of Cain Chemical, Arcadian, Texas Petrochemicals, Lexicon Genetics, Carbon Nanotechnologies, Rational Technology, and Legend Ventures. He was a senior founding principal of Legacy Equity Group, LLC, a merchant-banking group.

On the civic side, McMinn served on the Texas Public Policy Foundation board of directors beginning in the mid-90s, and as chairman between 2004 and 2007. He also served on the board of directors of the Texas Institute for Education Reform. He was a co-founder of Associated Republicans of Texas and was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in November 2005 to the Texas Tax Reform Commission.

"Those of us who worked with Bill will forever remember his smile, gracious personality, and unwavering commitment to principle," Foundation president Brooke Rollins said. "He was a champion of this organization and the individuals who worked for it. He was like family to me, and I will always be grateful to have had the privilege to work with him and learn from him."

"Bill McMinn played a pivotal role in the growth of the conservative movement in Texas," said Foundation chairman Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm. "He helped us in so many ways, and provided extraordinary leadership as we began our current growth trajectory. My board colleagues and I send our prayers to his loved ones."

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.

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