It is with great sadness and profound respect that Galveston College announces the passing of longtime community leader and Galveston College Regent Carl E. Kelly, 84, of an apparent heart attack on Friday, July 31. Arrangements are pending.
A former chairman, Regent Kelly was appointed to the board in January 1998 and then elected the following May. He has served on the board for 22 years and is a current member of the Policies Committee and Finance Committee. A longtime resident of Galveston, Regent Kelly was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a former chair of the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees. He also served on the State Bar Grievance Board, D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc. Propriety and Advisory Board, Galveston Historical Foundation Board of Directors, City of Galveston Charter Review Committee, BPA Housing Development Corporation Board and the 1894 Grand Opera House Board of Directors.
In recognition of his contributions to Galveston College, anonymous donors established an endowed scholarship with the Galveston College Foundation to honor Regent Kelly. The Carl Kelly Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Galveston College student each year.