- Memorial Service
- 11:00am - Wednesday, August 12, 2015
- St. John the Divine
- 2450 River Oaks Blvd. (Map)
Houston, Texas 77019
- (713) 622-3600
Wayne Gilbert Wickman, born in Houston, Texas on January 16, 1937, died in Houston on August 9, 2015.
He was proud to have been from the Heights where he attended Hogg Elementary School. When he moved to “the other side of town” he attended Sidney Lanier Junior High school and Lamar Senior High. Wayne graduated from The University of Texas and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He also attended The Navy Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California and was a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He served as president of the Harvard Business School alumni club in Houston for 2 years.
In 1960, he married Nina Garrow Perlitz, and they were blessed with three children, Estelle, Wayne and Charles. Their marriage lasted fifty five years and was filled with joy, sorrow, special occasions, and cherished friendships.
Wayne had an active business career that included six years in Washington, D.C. where he served in the Treasury Department during the administration of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Upon his return to Houston, he was very involved in the banking business -- establishing several banks and serving as their president. He also purchased and operated car dealerships. As an active investor, he enjoyed establishing new ventures.
He served on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations and as chairman of two Harris County grand juries. His crowning achievement was the establishment of The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center now known as The Houston Hospice. Without his energy, drive and leadership it would not exist as it does today, as one of the finest nonprofit hospices in the country. At his death he was a hospice patient.
He was a member of the River Oaks Country Club, the Nantucket Yacht Club and other social organizations. Tennis was his sport of choice and he spent many happy hours on the tennis court. He established close friendships with his tennis buddies which lasted until his death. He was very competitive and loved a close match and hitting his overhead.
He is survived by his wife, Nina; his daughter Estelle Masterson Lozmack, her husband Randy, and their children Nina Masterson and Max Lozmack; his sons Wayne Gilbert Wickman Jr., his wife Mary Bea, and their children Wayne lll and Barrett, and Charles Perlitz Wickman, his wife Tee, and their daughter True.
He was preceded in death by his parents Florence and Gilbert and sister Billie Jean.
The family will be at home on Tuesday, August Eleventh after five o’clock in the afternoon. A memorial service will be held at St John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard on Wednesday, August the Twelfth at eleven clock in the morning.
In lieu of customary remembrances, gifts in memory of Wayne may be directed to Houston Hospice (1905 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030), or the charity of one’s choice.