Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Tom Rush Moody Jr

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Tom Rush Moody Jr

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Tom Rush Moody, Jr. died on November 5, 2015 in Trappe, Maryland. He was born in Alpine, Texas on July 21, 1930 to Tom Rush and Lois Whipkey Moody. Rush grew up in Houston, Texas, graduating from John Reagan High School in 1948. He attended Rice Institute for two years before transferring to the University of Texas to complete a joint BBA/ LLB degree program. There, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Friars, Silver Spurs, and President of the student body in 1952-53. After a brief timeout to marry his college sweetheart Ann, he took a leave of absence to serve in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer stationed at Warner Robins Airbase. He returned to the University in 1955 to complete his law studies, becoming an Associate Note Editor of the Texas Law Review and member of Phi Delta Phi. He graduated in 1956 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year.

After graduation, he returned to Houston to take a position with the Baker, Botts, Andrews, and Shepherd law firm. In 1961, he told the partners that he was leaving the firm to join his college mentor Tom Sealy's law firm in Midland, Texas, a move that was subsequently postponed for nine months when he learned that Ann was pregnant with triplets. After ten years practicing in Midland as a trial lawyer and learning as he said "everything I needed to know about law from Bill Browder," Rush was appointed by Presid ent Richard Nixon (with critical support from Congressman George Mahon and Senator Lloyd Bentsen) in 1971 to a five-year term on the Federal Power Commission, then chaired by John Nassikas.

Rush served ably for four years but found himself increasingly vot ing in dissent with regard to the Commission's continued regulation of interstate natural gas prices under the Natural Gas Act. He ultimately resigned in 1975, urging President Gerald R. Ford in his resignation letter to pursue a legislative solution to end the natural gas shortages then plaguing the Atlantic Seaboard. …

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