Dallas lawyer William Callejo dies at 88

From Dallas Morning News:

Dallas lawyer William Callejo dies at 88


Longtime Dallas lawyer William Callejo, the husband of civil rights activist Adelfa Callejo, died Saturday of a stroke at his Lakewood home. He was 88.

His nephew and caretaker, J.D. Gonzales, said he had been ill for several months. His wife of 67 years, also an attorney, died in January.

Funeral and rosary arrangements were pending.

Callejo, a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, also was licensed as a real estate broker, engineer and architect.

Gonzales said he will remember his uncle’s intelligence. “He could discuss virtually any subject,” he said.

He said Callejo, who spoke five languages, could “humble you in any conversation.”

“He was tough. He was stern, disciplined and tough,” he said.

Callejo, like his wife, was a champion of civil rights for Latinos, said Marcos G. Ronquillo, the Callejos’ former law partner.

“Bill was Adelfa’s lifelong partner in those struggles,” he said. “They’re together now.”