KC recognizes pair with new honors

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Tom Brown and Kelcy Warren were honored by Kilgore College during Friday evening’s graduation ceremonies for their work in the community and with KC.

Brown received the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Student Success, which honors “the partnerships formed between the institution and community members or businesses dedicated to the furtherance of KC’s mission.”

During Friday’s 6 p.m. graduation ceremony, Warren was awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Alumni Success, which honors “the accomplishments and successes of our distinguished alumni,” a press release states.

Since 1983, Brown has practiced law in Kilgore, where his service has included donating pro bono legal assistance to the KC Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a shareholder of the Law Office of Thomas H. Brown, PLLC.

He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University before earning a his Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Warren was born in Gladewater and raised in White Oak, and attended Kilgore College night classes while working in the East Texas oilfield during the day.

He went on to earn a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and has worked in the energy industry in the Dallas area for more than 30 years.

Warren now oversees the Energy Transfer partnerships, serves as chairman of Energy Transfer Equity and is a general partner as chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners.

Brown’s other community involvement includes as director of the Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation, the Roy H. Laird Memorial Foundation and the Leadership Henderson Alumni Association, as well as a member of the Kilgore Lions Club and a member of the chambers of commerce in Henderson, Kilgore and Overton/New London.

He is also former director of the Kilgore Youth Softball Association, the East Texas Electric Eels youth swimming association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Brown received the Roy H. Laird Memorial Foundation’s Special Leadership Award in 2008, was named a Martindale Hubbell Rated Lawyer AV – the highest rating – and was named one of the top lawyers in Texas for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Brown is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Rusk County Bar Association, the Gregg County Bar Association and a founding member of the Contested Custody Case Panel for the Gregg County Pro Bono Project.

Warren received the GPA Hanlon Award from the Gas Processors Association and is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Horatio Alger Association.

He has also donated money to build the Klyde Warren Park, which was named for his son, in Dallas and serves on the board of director for the Klyde Warren Park, The Lamplighter School and UTA. Warren also serves as a commissioner on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and is a member of the Texas Lieutenant Governor’s Energy Council.

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