HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Four bankers will be honored as the inductees in the Texas Bankers Hall Of Fame on April 24 during the second annual gala hosted by the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking at Sam Houston State University.
Selected as this year’s honorees are Tieman H. Dippel Jr., chairman and CEO of Brenham Bancshares, Inc.; Tom C. Frost, chairman emeritus of Frost Bank; Joseph M. Grant, founder and chairman emeritus of Texas Capital Bancshares and founder, chairman and partner of BankCap Partners; and Rogers Pope Sr., chairman of the board of Texas Bank and Trust in Longview.
The induction gala will be held on the SHSU campus, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.
The Texas Bankers Hall of Fame was established by the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking to recognize outstanding bankers who have served their industry, community, and state.
“The honorees have truly made their industry, communities and state better places,” said James B. “Jim” Bexley, chair of the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking.
Tieman H. Dippel Jr.
Dippel is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch, and serves as chairman of the finance committee of the board of directors of Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Montana).
He has served as president of the Texas State Chamber of Commerce, the founding president and chairman of the Texas Lyceum Association, the founding president and chairman of Texans for Quality Education, and former president and chairman of the Texas Leadership Institute.
He has served as a member of the development board of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, the Blinn College Foundation, and served on the centennial commission of the University of Texas and as an honorary member of the commission of 125.
His academic background includes an Associate of Arts degree from Blinn College, where he was salutatorian; a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas College of Business; and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated a chancellor.
He attended the United States Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., and served as a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve.
He also has served on the Texas Commission on the Arts and with numerous organizations, including the Methodist Church, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs, the Boy Scouts, the Caring for Children Foundation, and various other organizations.
He lives with his wife, Katherine, in Brenham and has three married children—Meg, Tee and Beth—and eight grandchildren.
Tom C. Frost
A San Antonio native, Frost is the fourth-generation of his family to oversee the bank founded by his great, grandfather, Col. T. C. Frost, in 1868. Frost Bank offers banking, insurance and investments through more than 110 financial centers across Texas in the San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, and Rio Grande Valley regions.
He attended the University of Texas at Austin in1945-46 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Washington and Lee University 1950, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Austin College, an Honorary Doctor of International Relations degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico City, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.
He is a recipient of the “Aguila Azteca,” the highest honor the Government of Mexico can give to a non-Mexican citizen.
Frost began his banking career in 1950 and was elected assistant cashier in Frost’s foreign department in October. In 1962, he was elected president and, in 1971, chairman of the board.
Active in industry affairs, Frost is a past director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank and a past member of the federal advisory council of the Federal Reserve System.
He is past president of the Financial Services Roundtable, the Texas Bankers Association and the San Antonio Clearing House Association. He served as a director of AT&T, Tesoro Petroleum and La Quinta Motor Inns.
Frost is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame, as well as the University of Texas at Austin Business School Hall of Fame.
Committed to educational excellence, Frost currently is chairman emeritus of the development board of the University of Texas at San Antonio and is past executive chairman of the board of governors of his alma mater, TMI. He is also a trustee emeritus of Washington & Lee University, senior trustee of Austin College and is an honorary member of the development board for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
He also is past chairman of the Texas Independent College Fund and is a former senior warden of Christ Episcopal Church.
Frost is married to Patricia Holden, a San Antonio native, and they have four sons—Tom, Patrick, Bill, and Don—and 14 grandchildren.
Joseph M. “Jody” Grant
Grant attended Southern Methodist University on a swimming scholarship where he majored in finance. He earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Upon receiving his degree, he joined the executive training program at Citibank in New York City.
After five years he returned to the University of Texas to earn a doctorate in finance and economics, and upon completion in 1970, Grant joined Texas Commerce Bank as senior economist.
After five years at Texas Commerce, Grant joined Texas American Bank in Fort Worth, where he became chairman and CEO of Texas American Bancshares in 1986.
Grant is a member of The University of Texas at Austin College of Business Administration Hall of Fame and the boards of trustees of the foundations of Dallas County Community College and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
He is a member of Chief Executive Organization, World Presidents Organization and is a past chairman of Communities Foundation of Texas.
In 2010, he was inducted into Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, for which he is also a member of its board of directors. He has served on the boards of trustees of SMU and TCU, and the boards of directors of numerous public companies.
In 1987-1988, he served as international president of the Young Presidents Organization.
He and his wife, Sheila, have two grown children, Mary Elizabeth Grant and Steven Clay Grant.
Rogers Pope Sr.
Pope graduated from Baylor University with a degree in economics.
Following his graduation, he went to work in the bank management-training program at First National Bank of Dallas, and after completing that program, he joined his father at the First State Bank in Overton.
Pope attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and then went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting from Southern Methodist University, graduating summa cum laude.
Pope then joined Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) and became a certified public accountant.
He later joined Longview Bank and Trust (now Texas Bank and Trust) as a vice president and loan officer and served as president and CEO until he became chairman of the board.
Pope has long been involved in numerous local and area organizations.
He is a former member of the board of regents of Baylor University and the Hankamer School of Business Advisory Council. He also served on the board of trustees of Letourneau University for eight years, including three years as chairman.
Pope is a past treasurer and member of the executive committee of the Texas Bankers Association, for which he served as board member on two separate occasions, and district director of TBA three times. He also was on the Community Bank Advisory Council of the American Bankers Association and is a past board member of TIB-The Independent Bankers Bank, in Dallas.
Pope has been honored with the Chairman’s Award from the Longview Chamber of Commerce, the East Texas Heritage Award, the Paul Harris Award from the Longview Rotary Club, the Henry O. Gossett Award from LeTourneau University, and, along with his son, is a 2012 co-recipient of the East Texas Area Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award. He has also been recognized with the 50-year Banker’s Award from the Texas Bankers Association.
Pope and his wife, Joyce, are members of First Baptist Church of Longview, where Pope serves as a deacon.
In addition to their children—Jan, Rog, and Jennifer—the Popes have 10 grandchildren.