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OWAA board member Sam Caldwell named as one of two inductees to the Perry Bass Wall of Fame

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Monday, March 21, 2015 at Noon in the Maritime Collections and Education Center of the Texas Maritime Museum, two individuals will be inducted into the Texas Maritime Museum’s Perry R. Bass Memorial Sports Fishing Wall of Fame.
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Rockport, Texas – Monday, March 21, 2015 at Noon in the Maritime Collections and Education Center of the Texas Maritime Museum, two individuals will be inducted into the Texas Maritime Museum’s Perry R. Bass Memorial Sports Fishing Wall of Fame.  This exhibit opened in March 2007, and inducted David Noling, David Sikes, and Mary John & Larry Hoffman last year.
Mr. Bass was not only an integral part in the founding of the Texas Maritime Museum, but was also known as an avid angler, and conservationist, insuring future generations will be able to experience the thrill of “the big catch.”  It is his legacy in this area which became the basis for honoring Mr. Bass in the naming of the Wall of Fame.
The first inductee is the Honorable Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills.  Judge Mills ancestry features a succession of local anglers and outdoorsmen.  Mills Grandfather, J.H. Mills, was the first Manager of St. Charles Hunting & Fishing Club and founder of Mills Wharf. His father and uncle, Herbert & Harry Mills, were instrumental in expanding Mills Wharf (now Seagun) and the St. Charles Hunting & Fishing Club in the early 1900s and were inducted in 2011.  Judge Mills loves our bays and its eco-system, and has a history with Cedar Bayou & Vinson Slough from his youth.  This aided him in taking a local lead role in the project to open up Cedar Bayou and Vinson’s Slough.  This project came to fruition in September 2014, and from early indications seem to be assisting the fish health and populations throughout the bay system.
The second inductee is Sam Caldwell. Early in his career, Sam became involved in outdoor organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association. He remains deeply involved in promoting coastal scenes as fine art, and uses his printed images to help the coast. He is proud that the American Red Cross chose one of his paintings to help provide funds for 9-11 relief. The Coastal Conservation Association has benefited from numerous Caldwell art prints. Ducks Unlimited named Caldwell Texas State Artist for 2006-2007, and again for 2011 and 2012.
Both of these individuals were nominated and selected by their peers who have already been inducted into the Wall of Fame.
The Wall of Fame is located in the Robert J. Hewitt/ O’Connor & Hewitt Foundation Collections & Education Center.  The Texas Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit privately-funded and the “Official Maritime Museum” for the State of Texas located across from the Rockport Harbor.  Hours of Operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sundays from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Closed Mondays.  For more information call 1-866-729-AHOY, or check out the website www.texasmaritimemuseum.org.
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