John Phelps (BS '56)

John Phelps (BS '56)

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“Whether you have known John Phelps as a school teacher, insurance agent, city councilman, church member, father or neighbor, you know you have a good friend,” Houston Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia has said. The Harris County precinct two Commissioners recently named the new Pasadena Court House annex the John Phelps Court House to recognize the long time business man and volunteer. Phelps graduated from Sam Houston in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational agriculture. He is a life member of the Alumni Association. His brother, Lyndon, also attended Sam Houston.

Phelps served in the U.S. Navy and taught for the Channelview and Pasadena Independent School Districts. He has been an insurance agent for 47 years with Phelps State Farm Insurance in Pasadena, the largest State Farm agency in the company for many years. Phelps supports local charities and has served on the local YMCA board, in the optimist and Rotary Clubs, as president of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Southeast Economic Development Association, Economic Alliance Houston port Region, San Jacinto College Foundation, and the East Harris County Senior Citizen advisory board. He was recognized as the optimist Citizen of the Year, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year, Pasadena ISD Distinguished Citizen of the Year, and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. He received the Jim Fonteno Senior Citizen Award, Economic Alliance—Houston port Region Visionary Award, and the SEED Small Business of the Year Award. Phelps has been supportive of Sam Houston, giving to the State Farm Friends of Sam Houston State University Scholarship Endowment. John and his wife, Wynell, live in Pasadena.