Bauer Alum A WW II Hero, Member of the Greatest Generation

Published on March 15, 2009
WW II hero Eugene Mincks flew combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. He later rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army.

WW II hero Eugene Mincks flew combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. He later rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army.

Eugene J. Mincks, who led distinguished military and business careers, has died at the age of 85. Mincks, (BBA ’57), was the father of Jay Mincks, an executive vice president with Administaff who followed in his father’s footsteps to obtain a degree from Bauer and UH in 1987.

The elder Mincks flew single-engine planes used to target Japanese forces in World War II. He took part in the invasion of Luzon in the Philippines, where he helped build runways, and participated in landings in 1944 at Tanamerah Bay and Biak Island in Indonesia.

Mincks joined the Army as an 18-year-old private in 1940. He advanced to captain during the war and, in 1965, was promoted to brigadier general in the Army Reserve.

Mincks, a pilot for the 160th Field Artillery Battalion, trained at Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla.

During the Korean War, he was recalled to duty. His final assignment in the Army was in 1969 as deputy chief of the Army Reserve. In the late 1960s, Mincks was inducted into the Artillery OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Sill. He retired from the military in the early 1970s. His decorations included the Legion of Merit. Mincks also served as deputy commanding general of the 75th Division, U.S. Army Maneuver Area Command in Houston.

The leadership and discipline skills Mincks learned in his extensive military career had many successful applications in the civilian world, Jay Mincks said. From 1953 to 1982, his father operated an insurance agency, E. J. Mincks and Associates, in Houston. He was ambitious and “continually recognized as a top producer,” his son said. A steadfast supporter of UH football, he also loved golf and had a great sense of humor.

As a father, Eugene Mincks had high expectations for all of his children, but he was first and foremost, “an encourager,” Jay Mincks said.

A native of Piedmont, Mo., Mincks grew up in Mesa, Ariz., where he was a Boy Scout. It was in large part because of his lasting interest in Scouting that all three sons became Eagle Scouts in Troop 604 in Houston.

Mincks moved to Austin in 1982 and, in 2000, to Fort Worth, where he died on Jan. 1.

In addition to his son Jay, survivors include his wife, Frances Seaman Mincks of Houston; former wife Betty Ellis Butler of Atascocita; two other sons, John Mincks of Dayton and Marc Mincks of Brazoria; and a daughter, Pat Littrell of Waco.

Graveside services were held Jan. 4 at the Houston National Cemetery.

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The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

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