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D. Gayle "Gayle" McNutt '59 July 10, 2023 10:33 AM updated: July 10, 2023 10:46 AM

Duran Gayle McNutt 
October 4, 1936 - June 4, 2023 

D. Gayle McNutt, a retired journalist and public relations executive, passed away in Boerne, Texas on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at the age of 86.

McNutt retired as Vice President for Public Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine in 1999 after 18 years with the college. Previously he served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Bob Casey and later represented Harris County and the Houston Port Authority in Washington, D.C. He was Political Editor of the Houston Chronicle from 1970-74 and State Editor and Austin Bureau Chief of the Houston Post from 1960-66. In retirement he was Executive Director of the Executive Service Corps of Houston before moving to the Hill Country.

He attended Texas A&M University, where he was the Outstanding Journalism Graduate, in 1959. His career took him to Abilene, Houston, Austin, Dallas, New York and Washington, D.C., then back to Houston (Missouri City) before moving to Tapatio Springs near Boerne, in 2004.

McNutt was a leader in national, state, and local professional organizations and won numerous professional and journalism awards, including the Houston Public Relations Society's Legacy Award for lifetime achievement. He was president of the Texas Public Relations Association, president of the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and a member of PRSA’s College of Fellows. He served as chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement and president of the Texas Society of Professional Journalists.

He held leadership positions in many community organizations, including the Texas Medical Center, Houston’s South Main Center Association and the Boy Scouts of America. He was a past president of the Tapatio Springs Homeowners Association.

A native of Comanche, Texas, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Esther; their three children, Linda (Peter Hoffman), Gaye (Ben Smith) and Larry; and two grandchildren, Serena and Cara. He was predeceased by his parents, Luther and Willie McNutt, and his brother, Luther Ernest “Mac” McNutt, Jr.

An Episcopalian, his hobbies were golf and hunting. A private family service will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas A&M Scholarship Fund or the Salvation Army.

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Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.


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