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A tribute to Mont P. Hoyt.

Mont P. Hoyt was one of the few true gentlemen I have known in my life. He was enormously blessed with a wide array of talents and diverse interests, all of which he put to use for the benefit of his fellow man. I was lucky enough to be included among Mont's friends and colleagues and came to know him as an excellent lawyer, arbitrator and advisor, an expert internationalist, and an extremely loyal and reliable friend. Most importantly, Mont was a devoted family man and a profoundly religious man whose enthusiasm, kindness, and caring personality made him a very special and likable person.

Mont always seemed to have a supportive insight or a helpful idea to offer. It was only natural for him, therefore, to play the role of a mentor very early in my career when he encouraged me to earn a Master of Laws degree in order to enhance my chances of becoming an international energy lawyer, which it did.

Mont experienced a considerable number of significant accomplishments in his personal and professional life, including serving as a lay reader at Christ Church Cathedral, becoming a partner at Baker & Botts and chairing the international department at Hughes & Luce. He also chaired the ABA's International Law Section and was a director of the Energy & Natural Resources Law Section of the International Bar Association. He was a well known author and speaker on international legal issues, as well as an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Policy Association, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

What I witnessed personally, and what I believe was indeed representative of Mont's superb character, was his unfailing dedication and tireless service to the Advisory Board of the Houston Journal of International Law for 31 years. His consistent commitment to the Journal of valuable time, effort and inspirational proposals was one of the main reasons the Advisory Board was able to collaborate successfully with the Journal.

All of those who were fortunate enough to have known Mont miss him deeply.

By James W. Skelton, Jr.

Member of the Advisory Board 1980 to present; Chairman 1999-2010
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Author:Skelton, James W., Jr.
Publication:Houston Journal of International Law
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Date:Sep 22, 2011
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