From left to right: Roy Mease, class of 1957; James Hambrick, class of 1973; Martin Cominsky, class of 1976 and the late Bill Shock, class of 1954.
By Melissa Trevizo
A lawyer, a chemical industry executive, a human rights spokesman and a community volunteer will be inducted into the Pasadena High School Alumni Wall of Honor, Tuesday, November 1 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Selected for induction are local attorney Roy Mease, Class of 1957; Lubrizol CEO James Hambrick, Class of 1973; Anti-Defamation League director Martin Cominsky, Class of 1976; and the late Bill Shock, Class of 1954, a mentor in local schools and a youth sports coach and organizer.
Roy Mease, 1957 graduate, owns a private law practice in Pasadena. He served as a member of the Pasadena City Council for eight years and as president of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he has been the director of PLSR for 46 years. He and his wife Sue have been married for more than 50 years.
James L. Hambrick, 1973 graduate, is chairman and chief executive officer of The Lubrizol Corporation. In 1978, Hambrick received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and was hired on as a Lubrizol employee. He began his career in operations, holding a variety of positions of increasing management responsibility before taking on roles in strategic planning and development. His focus was on mergers and acquisitions, as well as international business development in emerging markets. In 2000, he was elected vice president of Asia Pacific based in Singapore. In this capacity, Hambrick also served on the company’s joint venture boards in India, China and Saudi Arabia. He was elected president in January 2003, chief executive officer in April 2004 and chairman of the board in January 2005.
Martin B. Cominsky, 1976 graduate, has been the President and CEO of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a United Way agency, since 2015. IM collaborates with Houston’s faith community to feed and care for 4,300 homebound seniors through its Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston program. The agency also resettles 2,200 refugees from war-torn countries and fosters youth and community dialogue between religions.
Previously, Martin served as the Director of the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, which is headquartered in Houston. Martin was responsible for directing the League’s efforts to combat prejudice, hate and anti-Semitism in this dynamic region. At ADL, Martin developed the school-focused No Place for Hate program, which now engages and recognizes more than 400 schools in the region in the effort to create K-12 campuses that emphasize respect for diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining the ADL in 1999, Martin founded the Serve Houston Youth Corps, which was an AmeriCorps program that recruited high school graduates to serve as tutors and mentors to students in underserved schools.
Martin has a B.A. from the University of Houston in Journalism, graduating with membership in the UH Honors College, and earned his M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He participated in Class XXV of the American Leadership Forum.
Bill Shock, 1954 graduate, believed throughout his 45-year career in doing all he could to influence and encourage youth. He has given his time to the Marines, the City of Deer Park, Space Center Houston and the Houston Zoo, where he was known as the “Elephant Man”. Mr. Shock volunteered his time to create a better community. He volunteered as a coach for the youth baseball program from 1966-1980, he was a Lay leader at Deer Park United Methodist Church, volunteer for the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Dept., and served on the Harris County Appraisal Review Board for 6 years.
Shock also found time to work with children by serving as a volunteer in Deer Park schools and as a HOSTS mentor at Parks Elementary School in Pasadena. His success is measured by the way he used his heart and hands for the children of our community. His kind heart and efforts were recognized by receiving the Deer Park Outstanding Christian Layman Award in 2002.
Cominsky and Shock were honored previously as Distinguished Alumni by Pasadena ISD. Shock passed away in 2011.
The four will be formally inducted during the ceremony tomorrow night at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.