Bert L. Chauveaux-May 5, 2011

Surrounded by his family and close friends, Dallas physician Bert Lawson Chauveaux died May 5, 2011 from complications of liver cancer.
He was born May 13, 1949 into an Armstrong County, Texas pioneer family.  The great-grandson of Francois and Elizabeth Chauveaux, the grandson of Tony and Celine Chauveaux and Bert and Willie Irene Bural, and the son of John and Billie Chauveaux, he was raised on the site of the original Chauveaux homestead east of Claude, Texas and attended the Claude Public Schools.
Bert attended The University of Texas at Austin where he graduated in the Plan II Program in 1971.  He was a 1977 graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio.
For over thirty years, Bert dedicated his life to the care and treatment of the people of Dallas and Tarrant Counties, primarily through his association with the Methodist Harris Hospital Emergency Department in Ft, Worth, Texas.  He was a compassionate and caring physician who loved his work, those with whom he worked and those he treated.  Bert also served as the Medical Director for the rural-oriented North Texas EMT, contributing his services because of his strong commitment to areas of Texas where medical care and health care facilities are not readily available.
An outgoing, fun-loving individual, Bert was generous to a fault with his family and friends.  He never over-looked the opportunity to extend a helping hand wherever he saw the need.  Bert was an avid scuba-diver and enjoyed many diving excursions to Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and Australia.  A loyal Longhorn fan, Bert particularly loved The University of Texas at Austin.  More than anything, Bert’s compassion and kindness was exhibited through his love of animals, particularly for his loyal and dedicated canine companions, Coral, Sissy and Indie.
He is survived by his parents, John and Billie Chauveaux of Claude, Texas, brother, Tony L. Chauveaux of Los Angeles, California, sister-in-law Kathryn W. Chauveaux of Beaumont, Texas, niece Connor Chauveaux and her daughter Kora of Lafayette, Louisiana and niece Kelsey Chauveaux of Dallas, Texas and his special friend, Jim Hinton of Dallas, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Claude, Texas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas), Attn:  Development, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, Texas  75212, or the First United Methodist Church of Claude, 400 Trice Street, Claude, Texas  79019.

0 Replies to “Bert L. Chauveaux-May 5, 2011”

  1. Bert,
    Felt honoured and blessed to have known you.
    Your friendship meant the world to me. The
    eternal optimism and faith in the good of people
    you expressed in so many ways, was an inspiration
    to all. You will be missed but live on in the
    memories of all you touched in your lifetime. Never
    forgotten and forever loved by all.
    Your friend always,

  2. Bert was a friend from area high school Methodist Youth Fellowship meetings and The University of Texas at Austin. We ran into to each other periodically at UT and I commuted with Bert and Phil Campbell from/to Austin and Panhandle/Claude at least twice when I had no transportation and I was so well accommodated. I recall attending and thoroughly enjoying a theater-in-the-round in the Texas Union where Bert had a lead part in “Mack the Knife”. He always had this mischievous grin about him and that curly hair which I would now so envy. Our dads both leased farmland within the Pantex Ordnance Plant so our families had some ties as well. Retrospectively, I would say, due to our early association, that Bert was destined to touch many in a positive way and reading of his life now confirms my suspicions of old. Until we meet again, Bert, thanks be to God; great things He has done.

  3. My Sweet Bert,
    You were one of the most upbeat persons I have ever been blesed to know. Even in the face of what lie ahead of you after your diagnosis, you always presented a happy,positive demeanor to those who came to visit. You were a mentor to me all of the years we worked at Harris ER, but more than that–you were a dear friend and confidant; much more like a brother than a co-worker. I will always treasure the memories of the times we had together and the stories from the ER that will always make me laugh! I am sure that when you reached the Pearly Gates and were greeted by Saint Peter and he asked, “How are you today, Bert?”, you answered, “Just peachy keen and so very, very, very happy to be here!!” Rest well, my sweet friend–you deserve it.
    Love always,

  4. I will miss you, Bert! Always cheerful, loved your \girls\ who sat at my feet for the Christmas parties we catered for you. Couldn’t help but want to give them a tidbit or two (or three!) You were a wonderful host and loved life and your friends.

  5. Dearest Bert,
    How many of my childhood memories are not complete without your participation. What fun we had. Together with two others, we got a paddling our 1st day of 1st grade. We 4 had disrupted class by battling over my deskmate’s coat. You two boys had taken it from her chair.
    You were my 1st boyfriend (1st grade), skit partner in the 1st grade play and my “brother” in our senior play. Our lives so sweetly intertwined.
    You alone challenged the whole senior class on capitol punishment views just for the purpose of debate. To my amazement, your true views were revealed afterward. You really carried that one off well! There was never a dull moment with you in the mix.
    Thanks for the memories and my love to your family.
    Sherry (Mitchell)Payne

  6. Bert,
    You were more special to me than anyone will ever know. We shared some special times and I will cherish those for the rest of my life.
    Jim Hinton

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