A funeral mass for Aloysius M. Wickliff Sr., a pioneering African-American lawyer in Houston known to many as “Papa Wick,” is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Houston.
Wick passed away on Dec. 13 at the age of 91. He had retired in 2001. As Texas Lawyer reported in 2003, Wick was “part father figure, part role model and part mentor to numerous Texas attorneys.” When Wick, who graduated from law school at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1949, couldn’t find a law job in Houston in the early 1950s, he and two other black attorneys formed Dent, King & Wickliff in 1952. Wickliff was a founder in 1955 of the Houston Lawyers Association (HLA).
Wickliff’s children include A. Martin Wickliff Jr., a partner in Cozen O’Connor in Houston.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys