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Houston BOMA Remembers Eugene Barbles

Thursday, June 1, 2017  
Posted by: Shannon Roberts
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 Remembering BOMA Past President & Longest-Serving Member Eugene Barbles

Houston BOMA is saddened by the passing of Eugene Barbles, our longest-serving member and past president that was one of BOMA's most influential leaders.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056. Mr. Barbles will be laid to rest in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery following Holy Mass.

Visit dettlingfuneral.com to learn more and leave words of condolence for the family.

Gene is the epitome of a BOMA supporter, having spent most of his life attending and supporting BOMA at all levels of the organization. Gene began his career at the Esperson Building after serving in the Navy, and worked at the Rice Hotel before moving to the San Jacinto Building. As building manager, Gene hired a chief engineer by the name of Lloyd Sudduth, who in turn hired Fred Whitty, both of whom are past presidents of BOMA.

In 1951, Houston BOMA had only 33 members. It was in that year that Gene was instrumental in starting the Texas BOMA School of Management. BOMA International was so intrigued by what Gene was doing that they came down to look at the program, and came up with was the foundation of the BOMI Institute and subsequently the Real Property Administrator program. 

In 1957, Gene along with Winston Booker of the Gulf Building, Hermann Way of the Medical Arts Building and Porter Parrish of the Shamrock Hotel, started the Stationary Engineers Apprenticeship School Incorporated, which Gene would chair for 27 years. The school would later become the largest apprenticeship school in North America.

Gene took over as BOMA International president in Toronto in 1975. He moved the Winter Business meetings to Texas and tripled attendance in the first year. Gene moved the BOMA International Conference to Washington DC, and for the first time in history, BOMA International's conference operated in the black. 

For 40 years, Gene never missed a Southwest Region Conference or an International Convention. In 2014, Gene became the first recipient of the Houston BOMA Lifetime Achievement Award, which was named the Eugene Barbles Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. 

Beyond his many accomplishments within BOMA, Gene was a kind-hearted mentor. His relationship with BOMA presidents, board and staff was always genuine and welcoming. Ask anyone who has met him and you'll hear the same. 

Houston BOMA offers sincere condolences to his friends and family. We will always remember Eugene Barbles as a dedicated member and leader of BOMA.


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