Posts by Elizabeth Ygartua

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    • Elizabeth is a Park Cities native whose first job in journalism was on the Highland Park Middle School's Tribal Tribune. She went on to serve at as an editor-in-chief of The Bagpipe in high school and of The Collegian at the University of Richmond, in Virginia.
  • Frank Oliver Seay, MD

    Frank Oliver Seay colorFrank Oliver Seay, 90, passed away in his sleep Aug. 26, 2014. He was born October 15, 1923 at 8 a.m. at home in Groesbeck, Texas to Mary Oliver Seay and Lewis Martin Seay Sr. He had an older brother by seven years, Lewis Martin Seay Jr.  Frank attended grade school and high school in Groesbeck, where he was salutatorian of his graduating class of 1941 and was awarded the Science Medal.  In high school, he played the trumpet in the band all four years and was on the tennis team.  Frank was president of his class all four years, as well as yearbook editor for two years.

    After high school, Frank attended Baylor University as a pre-med student and was in the Navy college reserve.  Doctors were needed during WWII, so the Navy sent him to SMU where Frank met Nancy Louise Weakley, the love of his life, on her first day at SMU at a mixer. He was an upperclassman attending SMU on a three-year program to expedite his advancement to Baylor Medical School in Houston. He went on to attend Baylor Medical School in Houston where he received a B.S in 1945 and then graduated with honors and a medical degree in 1947.  He also became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

    Frank went to Parkland Hospital Dallas for his internship and residency training, which was interrupted by the Korean War. He was a member of the U.S. Navy reserve and served as a Flight Surgeon. In 1951, he was ordered to the prestigious flight training school in Pensacola, FL, where he trained with Navy jet pilots for two years.  From 1951-1953, Frank was a Senior Lieutenant and was ordered to Cecil Field and later to the U.S. Navy Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.  Following an honorable discharge granted by President Dwight Eisenhower, he and Nancy returned to Dallas to raise their family.

    He had been offered a position in the Southwest Clinic at Medical Arts Hospital prior to being called to serve. In 1954, Frank joined a 12-member multi-specialty group in internal medicine at Southwest Clinic.  He remained with the group for 25 years and became medical director for 15 years.  During this time, he was president of Medical Arts Hospital twice.  He also served on the St. Paul Hospital Board for two years, vice president for one year and became chief of staff in 1973.  While the Southwest Clinic was downtown with the Medical Arts Hospital on the top two floors of the same building, the dream was to offer doctors who often had to split their time between an office and several hospitals a new option – offices and a major medical center in one complex.  Thus, the beginning of what is now Medical City Dallas Hospital. Frank, and then Southwest Clinic Manager Bob Wright, were chosen to lead the planning effort, and their team designed, constructed and implemented the opening of North Dallas’ first major medical facility.  Frank became the first chief of staff of the Hospital in 1974. In 1986, he joined Dallas Diagnostic Association at Medical City. He also served as medical director for the Sun Oil Texas division for 17 years.  Frank retired in 1999 in an internal medicine practice after 50 years.

    Throughout his life, Frank was an active member of numerous professional and social organizations, including: Dallas County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Society of Internal Medicine, Associate Member of the American Pulmonary Association (now the American Lung Association), Dallas Country Club and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

    Frank is preceded in death by his parents Mary Oliver Seay and Lewis Martin Seay Sr. who died tragically in a car accident in 1956; older brother Lewis Martin Seay Jr.; and his loving wife of 66 years, Nancy Louise Weakley Seay. He is survived by three children: daughter Diane Seay McNulty, PhD and husband Michael; son Frank Michael Seay; and daughter Sally Seay Kreimborg and husband Bob. Additional survivors include four grandchildren: Brynn Bagot Allday and husband Taylor; Patrick McNulty, Timothy McNulty and wife Linda, MD; and Kate White and husband Nate White PhD; as well as six great-grandchildren:  Avery Seay Allday, Angus Stuart Allday, Aidan Sawyer Allday, Elias Patrick McNulty, Bradley Lawrence White and Carolyn Ross McNulty.

    A true gentleman and family man, Frank will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives he touched.  A private family burial will be held Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Groesbeck, Texas.  A celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 5 at 11 a.m. in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow at Dallas Country Club, 4155 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association/Dallas

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 29, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Caroline Thompson & David Richards

    John Cain Photography

    John Cain Photography

    Mary Caroline Thompson and David Joseph Richards were married June 7, 2014 at Rio Roca Ranch, the groom’s family ranch in Graford, Texas. The Rev. Chad Scruggs officiated their sunset service, on a bluff overlooking the Brazos River. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception on the lawn followed by a night of dining and dancing. The bride and groom made their exit through a shower of white rose petals before reaching their vintage Cadillac convertible.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Philp Thompson Jr. of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Dorothy Eloise Malone of Highland Park and the late Mr. Jacques Bergerac of Biarritz, France, and the late Mrs. Mary Carol Thompson McKean of Highland Park and the late Mr. John Philp Thompson, also of Highland Park.

    The groom is the son of Ms. Nancy Tartaglino Richards of Highland Park and Mr. Michael Dennis Richards of University Park. He is the grandson of Mrs. Mary Kate Cooper and the late Mr. Billy Glen Richards, both of Dallas.

    The bride was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father and presented in marriage by her parents. For her wedding Caroline chose an elegant couture bridal gown by Carolina Herrera. The ivory silk Mikado gown featured a sweetheart neckline and top stitchdetails. Its waist was adorned with Chantilly lace and included covered buttons down the back. The fluted silhouette flowed into a pleated, sweeping train. A piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress was sewn into her gown. Her veil featured a double layer of illusion and had Alencon lace detail scattered along the trim and swept past the edges of her train. Caroline carried a white hand-tied bouquet of peonies, roses and hydrangeas.

    Assisting the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Miss Lauren Elizabeth Thompson. Bridesmaids included Margaret Louise Arnot, Mary Martha Bauman, Catherine Lee Branch, Emily Elisabeth George, Alice Carroll Hunter Johnson, Shannon Riley Potter, Melissa McMillen Russo, Alyson Arnold Smith, Christin Marie Snodgrass, and Sterling Ann Stensrud.

    Among the members of the house party were Rebecca Kathryn Brown, Hutton Whitney Hipps, Molly Elizabeth Mcguire, Flora Kate Richards, Jennifer Salim Richards, and Bailey Britt Weaver. The flower girls were Shelby Elizabeth Sorgenfrei and Anne Charlotte Sorgenfrei.

    Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Michael Stewart Richards. His groomsmen included William Roy Arthur, John Arthur Barnes, Robert Wilson Brown, Jacob Andrew Garrett, James Trevor Heaney, Robert Barnard Kupchynsky, Harrison McCullough Park, Jonathan Samuel Perlman Jr., John Philp Thompson III, William Crawford Thompson, and Robert Hunter Yates. Ushers were Jeffrey Leary Brown, Paul Carson Coon, William Alley Richards, Wesley Evan Shaw, Grady Lee Moses Shropshire, and Peter Callier Stavinoha.

    The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School.  She received a Bachelor of Science in corporate communications with a focus on business from the University of Texas at Austin.  Caroline was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she served as pledge class president and pledge trainer. Caroline is a principal of Windsor & Park Group, LLC, a fundraising and event planning firm.

    The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurial management from Texas Christian University. David was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity where he served as pledge class president. David is in real estate asset management for Castle Peak Homes.

    Following their honeymoon to Bora Bora, the couple has made their home in University Park.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 22, 2014 | 11:01 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Meadows Museum Stays Open Late Tonight

    Check out the "Assumption of the Virgin" by Bartolomé Murillo and other drawings at the Meadows Museum through Sunday. (Photo: Christoph Irrgang)

    Check out the “Assumption of the Virgin” by Bartolomé Murillo and other drawings at the Meadows Museum through Sunday. (Photo: Christoph Irrgang)

    I’m not sure why this is news to me, but the Meadows Museum is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and what’s more, admission is complimentary after 5 p.m. Swing by to see “The Spanish Gesture: Drawings From Murillo to Goya in the Hamburger Kunsthalle”  exhibition, which closes Sunday, Aug. 31.

    The exhibition is the first large-scale showing of drawings from the Kupferstichkabinett outside of Germany. It features 86 works created by artists from the 16th to 19th centuries, such as Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal, and Francisco Goya.

    As an artist and lover of Spanish art, I’m super excited to go see it. If you see someone huddled in the corner geeking out, say hi.

    (Update: It has been confirmed that admission to the exhibition is also free this evening. Parking in the museum’s parking garage is free all the time.)

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 21, 2014 | 12:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP Library Reading Celebration on Fire


    A rising Armstrong Elementary School second-grader reads “My Homework Ate My Dog.” (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    I spent the better part of this morning in the fire bay of the Highland Park Town Hall celebrating the end of the HP Library’s summer reading program. Kiddos gathered to craft spiders and alligators, learn about mosquitos, get bug tattoos, and decorate cookies. There was some excitement when the fire engine and ambulance pulled out, but than that the emergency-rain location was perfect and lots of fun.



    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 1, 2014 | 12:40 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrate HP Summer Reading Club at Park

    Untitled-1The Highland Park Library is celebrating the end of its “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading club at Prather Park at 10 a.m. Friday with science-themed activities and snacks.

    All summer children have used a reading log to keep track of the number of books they’ve read or read with someone. After logging 10 titles, kids received a certificate and a book was donated in their honor to Readers2Leaders.

    I’ll be at the park presenting “My Homework Ate My Dog” with author Kent Smith. I illustrated the children’s book last fall with Smith, who was one of my journalism teachers at Highland Park High School.

    Hope to see you there!

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Wine Getaway Makes Great Weekend

    A couple relaxes at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    A couple relaxes at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    As soon as the thermometer in my car started reading 90 degrees, I was ready to flee Dallas — and quickly. After a 4.5-hour drive, and a friend and I were cooling off with local wine in Fredericksburg, where boutiques have been transformed into wine stores and restaurants feature local vintages.

    In the past 20 years, the area has become home to a flourishing wine community, particularly along U.S. Highway 290. Check to see if your visit corresponds with monthly restaurant-winery pair-up events hosted by a collective of 13 of the wineries along the road. Read More…

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 26, 2014 | 10:00 am | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ann Baker & Zachary E. Bush

    Sarah Kate, Photographer

    Sarah Kate, Photographer

    Ann Katherine Baker of Dallas and Zachary Evan Bush of Medford, Okla. were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, June 28th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas; Pastor, Monsignor Donald Zimmerman, presided at the ceremony.

    An evening reception with cocktails, dinner, and dancing was held at the F.I.G. on Ross Avenue.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Henry Baker II, residents of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Florence K. Baker of Dallas and Mrs. Leo A. Aureli of Amarillo, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bush of Medford, Okla.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father, Henry Baker. Julie Schweer Wilhite of Austin, Texas, the bride’s first cousin, was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Brittany Fox of the Cayman Islands, Alicia Henn of Oklahoma City, and Corinne Hoffman of Dallas. John Benningfield of Zushi, Japan and Matthew League of Long Beach, Calif. served as the best men. Groomsmen were Derek Ebert of Edmond, Okla., Jason Green of La Jolla, Calif., and Michael League of Enid, Okla. Livia Wolovits and Lisie Diaz were the flower girls; Henry Kubelka, the bride’s nephew, was the ring bearer. Joseph Kubelka and Leo Kubelka, also nephews of the bride, served on the altar.

    Ann is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and Trinity University of San Antonio. She is self-employed and owns a bookkeeping company called Arrow Books. Zach is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and works for Malone Pictures as a film producer.

    Following a wedding trip to Seattle, and to Whistler, and Vancouver, B.C., the couple will reside in Dallas.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Stephanie Martin & David Taylor

    Discovery Bay Studios Photography

    Discovery Bay Studios Photography

    Stephanie Diane Martin and David Sowden Taylor exchanged vows on May 24, 2014, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and was given in marriage by her parents. The Rev. Dana Corsello officiated the ceremony. A cocktail reception at the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco was followed by an evening of dining and dancing in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boe Willis Martin of College Station, Texas, former residents of Highland Park. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Warren Edwards of Fort Worth, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Martin, also of Fort Worth.

    The groom is the son of Mrs. Moira Taylor and the late Mr. Michael Raymond Taylor of Maresfield Park, Sussex, England. His grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Emil Julius Matus of Sydney.

    The bride wore a Chantilly and Alencon lace and silk drop-waist gown with a multi-layered cathedral-length tulle and lace train. A long-sleeve lace bolero, cathedral-length veil and bouquet of white and cream roses completed her ensemble.

    Attending the bride was her maid of honor Lisa Azevedo. Rosalyn Potter, cousin of the groom, was junior bridesmaid, and Iona and Grace Heddle were flower girls. Readers were Christie Grabyan and Robert Potter.

    Graham Goldberg attended the groom as best man, and ushers included James Peel, Aaron Potts, the groom’s son William Taylor, and his brother Michael Taylor Matus, an actor and tenor on the London stage, who also sang “All I Ask of You.”

    A graduate of Highland Park High School, the bride received a Bachelor of Arts in history and French from Colgate University and a Master of Science from Columbia University School of Journalism in New York. She is a former Dallas Symphony, Idlewild, National and International debutante and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Francisco, where she is a news anchor and reporter at KQED Public Media.

    After graduating from King’s Canterbury in Kent, England, the groom received a Bachelor of Arts in economic history from The University of Bristol in Bristol, England, and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University in California. He is an executive recruiter at Electronic Arts in Redwood City, Calif., and is a senior member of The Guardsmen in San Francisco.

    Following a honeymoon trip to the island of Kauai, Hawaii, the couple has made their home in San Francisco.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Casey Castellaw & Chandler Sinclair


    Mary Fields Photography

    Casey Elizabeth Castellaw and Chandler Reid Sinclair were united in marriage on April 26, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Ronald Wesley Scates. Cocktails and a reception of dinner and dancing at the Adolphus Hotel followed the evening service.

    A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at the Park Cities Hilton on the eve of the wedding. Casey wore her mother’s wedding dress, which she altered in length for the occasion.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Edwin Castellaw of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Betty Christal, the late Mr. James Edwin Castellaw Sr. of Dallas and the late Dr. George Liebes and the late Mrs. Nancy Liebes Henderson, also of Dallas.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Turney Sinclair of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. David Allen Byrnes of Kauffman, Texas; Mr. Richard Sinclair of Marble Falls, Texas; and Mrs. Sammie Gray of Georgetown, Texas.

    For the wedding the bride wore a Pasadena gown, designed by Watters, with floral, ivory embroidered lace, accompanied with point d’esprit and a sweeping cathedral-length train. An ivory, chapel-length veil framed her face.

    Ellen Dransfield Suits served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Christy Schmitt Youngblood, Meghan McGill Boyett, Claire Smitham, Audrey Kerr, Taylor Foster, Carson Glasscock Castellaw, and Catherine Clift Hardaway.

    Members of the house party included Tate Giddens, Brooke Price, Caroline Yarbrough, Chandler Ramey, Anna Brink, Shanley Huckabee, and Martha Givhan. The flower girls were Casey Hale and Kathryn Hale.

    The groom’s best men were his brothers, Denver Sinclair and Easton Sinclair. Groomsmen were Kyle Castellaw, Will Foster, Matt Sitton, Peyton Harper, George Youngblood, and Sean Dunn. Ushers were Austin Parker, Lee Koons, Clark Smith, and Cody Collins. The ring bearer was River Trail.

    The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in small business and entrepreneurship from Texas A&M University where she was a member of Chi Omega fraternity. Casey owns and operates Highland Park Dance Company.

    The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School and a graduate of the University of Mississipi, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He received a Master of Science in counseling from Southern Methodist University. He is currently employed by Heritage Counseling and Consulting of Dallas.

    Following their honeymoon to St. John, US Virgin Islands, the couple will reside in Dallas.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Julia Taylor & Carter Cheek

    Julia Dawn Taylor &  Carter Cheek Wedding PhotoJulia Dawn Irene Taylor and Christopher Carter Cheek of Dallas were united in marriage in the presence of immediate family at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas on May 17, 2014. The lovely late afternoon ceremony was held in the chapel and officiated by Rev. Danny Rowland, the Cheek’s family pastor. A seated dinner and dancing followed in the lodge.

    Julia is the daughter of Natalie and David Taylor of Preston Hollow. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Paul and Dr. Julia Sydor of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and the late Norris and Auda Mae Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas. Carter is the son of Wanda and Paul Cheek of Starkville, Miss. His grandparents are the late Vernal and Anna Lillian Hill King of Taylorsville, Miss., and Paul and Evelyn Bledsoe Cheek of Weslaco, Texas.

    The bride wore a strapless couture gown, by Rivini for Stanley Korshak, of candlelight French Chantilly lace with coordinating veil. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white peonies, blue and white hydrangeas and succulents. A string orchestra and classical singer provided the wedding music. Doc Wesson Band provided the reception music.

    The bride, a Highland Park High School graduate and National Merit Scholar, graduated from Vanderbilt University summa cum laude as one of the top five graduates of the class of 2006. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she served as vice president and recruitment chair. Julia obtained her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where she graduated with high distinction as a George F. Baker Scholar. A lifelong equestrian, Julia is also a two-time World Champion in the American Quarter Horse Association. After business school, she worked at the George W. Bush Institute as Director of Strategy and Operations, and she currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Communications for MoneyGram International.

    The groom graduated from Starkville High School in Starkville, Miss. He was awarded a scholarship to Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and later graduated in 2006. Carter commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer, serving multiple tours overseas as an Infantry Platoon Commander and embedded operator with the Afghan Army. For valor in combat, Carter was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device, as well as two additional Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service to the United States. He departed the military in 2012 with the rank of Captain. Carter worked as Director of Client Relations for Alsbridge Consulting and is currently Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Big Country Water Services Company.

    The couple resides in Dallas.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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