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Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dealey, Walter Allen, Jr., 1915-1999.
Title: Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., Papers
Dates: 1950-1977
Abstract: Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., worked intermittently from 1931-1951 at The Dallas Morning News, the publication and operation in which his family was heavily involved. Dealey also served as a soldier in the Pacific theatre during World War II and, in 1951, entered into pastoral ministry and counseling. The Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., Papers consist of correspondence, autobiographical information, business and financial records, and other materials that document Dealey's personal and professional activities.
Identification: GA154
Extent: 7 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Allen Dealey, Sr., was born in December 1915. His grandfather, George Bannerman Dealey, built up The Dallas Morning News and gained control of the Belo Corporation after the founder's death. Walter Dealey, Sr., was also president of The Dallas Morning News until his death on January 30, 1934. Ted Dealey, brother of Walter Dealey, Sr., became president in 1940 and then board chairman at The News in 1960. John Carpenter, one of the uncles of Walter Dealey, Jr., was also an influential Dallasite.

From 1930 to 1932, Walter Allen Dealey, Jr. worked at The News as an office boy and also collected past due classified ad bills for the paper. In the fall of 1933, Dealey began his studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in the spring of 1937. During the summers of 1934 and 1935, Dealey worked at The Oak Cliff Journal, a newspaper owned by The Dallas Morning News. In the summer of 1936, he worked at The News in the national advertising department.

On January 22, 1939, Dealey married his first wife, Jean Elizabeth Frizzel. The couple divorced approximately two and half years later. During World War II, Dealey joined the Marines and went through boot camp in Hawaii where he was stationed on December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. From there, Dealey returned to Dallas for six months of recruiting duty in 1942. In November, 1942, Dealey left Dallas for Officer Candidate School training in Quantico, Maryland. Dealey married his second wife, Mary Alice Cockrell in 1943 and in September 1944, Dealey left Quantico for the Pacific Theater, where he attained the rank of captain in the 29th Regiment. Dealey was present at the landings at Guadalcanal, Okinawa, and Guam. His final station was in Tsingtao, China. He returned to San Francisco, California, on December 31, 1945, and to Dallas in January 1946.

In February 1948, Dealey's first son, John Carpenter Dealey, was born. Dealey's second son, Norman Cockrell Dealey, was born in 1952, and his third son, George Bannerman Dealey, was born in 1960. Dealey and his second wife divorced in 1969.

After the war, Dealey returned to work at The Dallas Morning News as secretary-treasurer. During this time, in 1950, Dealey was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Junior Chamber of Commerce and was named one of five Outstanding Young Texans. He left The News to join the Presbytery ministry in February 1951. Dealey attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and graduated in spring of 1954. He returned to Dallas in October 1960 to become a pastor at the Churchill Way Presbyterian Church. In 1960, Dealey resigned from the Northeast Presbytery. In August 1962, he began working full time as a pastoral counselor at the Presbyterian Counseling Center of Dallas and in December 1969, he joined the Presbytery of Trinity and began pastoral counseling under its direction. He married his third wife, Martha Dannel Cole, in 1969. In 1979, they divorced and he married his fourth wife, Mary Elizabeth Crofts; she died in 1991. He married his fifth wife, Willene Hinchliffe, in 1992. Walter Dealey, Jr., died in 1999.

Dealey did his post-graduate work in New York and Boston through the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, The Council for Clinical Training, The Institute of Pastoral Care, and Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. From Andover-Newton, he received his Master of Sacred Theology degree in the field of pastoral care and a Doctor of Ministry degree on May 21, 1973.

Dealey was active in several clubs and organizations throughout his life. During high school, Dealey was in the National Honor Society. While in college, he was a member and later president of the freshman honor fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma, and also joined Phi Delta Theta, a social fraternity. After graduation, Dealey was president of both the Dallas Alumni Club of Phi Delta Theta and the Dallas Chapter of The University of Texas Ex-Students Association. While working at The News, Dealey became heavily involved with the Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as state director, treasurer, and vice president of the organization. He was also elected chairman of Big Brothers. After World War II, Dealey was elected Commandant of the Dallas detachment of the Marine Corps League. After returning to Dallas following his seminary training, Dealey became active in the Lions Club, serving on several committees at local and national levels. Dealey was also an active member of The Dallas Athletic Club.

Scope and Contents

The Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., Papers are divided into two series: Personal Records and Business Records. The Personal Records series consists of correspondence and financial records.

The correspondence includes a fifty-one page autobiography written from December 31, 1976, to early January, 1977. It covers the years 1915-1976 and includes information about Dealey, his family, and The Dallas Morning News. The autobiography is divided into three sections: friends, personal history, and places lived. Also included in the correspondence are letters dating from January 16, 1976, to early 1977 written to Dealey's son, John Carpenter Dealey, and his son's wife, Mary Anne Dealey, with replies.

The Business Records series is composed of pastoral counseling records and ministerial records. The pastoral counseling records contain counselee questionnaires. The ministerial records consist of correspondence, memoranda, and minutes of meetings of the Presbytery of Trinity. Correspondence, March 1, 1972-March 22, 1977, concerns matters relative to Dealey's own work as a pastoral counselor within the Presbtery of Trinity. Memoranda, January, 1970-September 4, 1977, and one undated, pertain to internal matters of the Presbytery of Trinity. Minutes of meetings of the Presbytery of Trinity, November 13, 1971-June 2, 1973, and January 6, 1972, are also included.


The papers consist of 7 folders arranged in 2 series.
Series I. Personal Records, 1973-1977 (3 folders)
Series II. Business Records, 1970-1977 (4 folders)



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Dealey, Walter Allen, Jr., 1915-1999--Archives.
Dealey, Walter Allen, Jr., 1915-1999--Biography.
Dealey, John Carpenter--Archives.
Dealey, Mary Anne (Mary Anne Riley)--Archives.
Dealey family--Archives.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Presbytery of Trinity--Records and correspondence.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Presbytery of Trinity--History--Sources.
Pastoral counseling--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Newspaper publishing--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Dallas (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Separated Material

15 folders (1 linear ft.) of financial records and a list of counselees were removed from collection and deaccessioned on June 9, 2015.

A copy of the Dallas Athletic Club roster was removed from collection June 9, 2015 and transferred to Special Collections Print Collection.

Administrative Information


Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., Papers, GA154, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


The Walter Allen Dealey, Jr., Papers were donated to the Special Collections Division of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries on June 19, 1978, by Mr. Dealey. The papers were obtained by Jan Hart, university archivist. Accessioned as number 78-25.

Note to the Researcher

Walter Allen Dealey, Jr. is referred to several times within the collection as A1.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

Personal Records (3 folders), 1973-1977

Box Folder
GA154 1 Correspondence, autobiography.
2 Correspondence.
3 Financial records, financial/legal documents, 1973-1977.

Business Records (4 folders), 1970-1977

Box Folder
GA154 4 Pastoral counseling, counselee questionnaire file, 1973.
5 Ministerial records, correspondence, 1970, undated.
6 Ministerial records, memoranda, 1970, undated.
7 Ministerial records, meeting of Presbytery of Trinity, 1971-1977.