Many of you already have heard about the loss of the highly respected, Dr. Tom Bratcher, who was called to be with the Lord this past Saturday. When I first heard the news from Janet Jackson, memories of Tom rushed through my mind, as I thought of how he had impacted my life.
The first time I met Tom, I knew he was a man of great character and conviction. He was a Professor at Baylor, influencing the lives of America’s brightest, helping them apply statistical knowledge to everyday life.
He looked more like a rancher than a professor though, and as my wife always reminded me, “He’s like a Texas Gentleman,” complete with cowboy hat, boots and a pair of starched jeans.
He was genuine, and would take time to seek you out, to let you know he knew you were there, and to shake your hand. With all the crowds and meetings, Tom never looked away when talking to you…he was focused 100% in the moment, and appreciated everyone he met.
I was fortunate to have known him for several years, talking to him, learning from his wisdom, and especially from the way he handled people. He never raised his voice, always had a smile on his face, and even when he felt you were wrong, he said it in a way that made you think you might be wrong without being told you were wrong.
Tom was always supportive of the Hispanic Republican movement, and was extremely helpful and insightful in our early days of development. He was always there when we needed him, and helped to promote our efforts not only in Bosque county, but with his fellow Republican Chairmen in the district.
With Tom Bratcher at the helm, along with Janet Jackson and others in Bosque County, they successfully converted their county into a thriving Republican community, with monthly meetings of up to 100 people.
Bosque County was transformed and unified under his leadership, and is in better shape than it has ever been. He will be sorely missed, and on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, I’ll be thinking about him as he’s smiling down on us, knowing we’ll be OK.
Until we meet again,
Duke Machado, and all of us at GOPisForMe.