Houston Treasures for 2007
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U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas, Arthur Schechter was born, raised and educated in Texas. Armed with a Plan II Honors degree and a law degree from the University of Texas, he has served the legal profession, Jewish community and nation with great distinction. Voted a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, Arthur and his wife of 41 years, Joyce Proler Schecter, are totally devoted to serving the community. Over 30 organizations have benefited from the Schecters involvement, causes such as homelessness, AIDS, Parkinson’s, anti-Semitism, drug abuse, illiteracy, and numerous others.
For decades, Arthur helmed the prestigious Houston law firm of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. and businesswoman Joyce operated a successful retail store, Quaint Corner Gifts. Today they are most passionate about promoting affordable healthcare, respect for the elderly, education for all, diversity, faith in God, and a vibrant community celebrating the sporting and performing arts.
Accolades for the Schecter’s dedicated service have come from presidents, mayors, international leaders and community groups, including honors from Houston Holocaust Museum, University of Texas Health Science Center, The Houston Forum, William A. Lawson Center for Peace and Prosperity, Theatre Under The Stars, Seven Acres Senior Services, Houston Alzheimer’s Association, Jewish Federation of Houston and Child Advocates.
Arthur and Joyce are leaders of Congregation Beth Israel and other esteemed organizations affirming Judaism. Their two children are Mrs. Hedley (Leslie) Karpas and Mrs. Alan (Jennifer) Rosen, who have borne the Schecters five bright and charming grandchildren: Brian Karpas, Alyssa Karpas, Kacy Rosen, Lillie Rosen, and Sam Rosen.