The Texas State Senate has released a proclamation honoring the life of the late Dwight K. Shellman, the founder of the Caddo Lake Institute.  Shellman died on March 21 at the age of 77 after a battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Senate proclamation no. 397, signed by State Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville, states the senate of the state of Texas “honors and commemorates the life of attorney, public servant, civic activist, and environmentalist Dwight Killian Shellman Jr.”

in 1993, Shellman and musician Don Henley formed the Caddo Lake Institute to protect and preserve the largest freshwater lake in Texas, and the only natural lake.  He served as president of the institute from 1993 to 2006.


Shellman also helped create the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, for which he received the Citizen’s Service Award from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Texas Senate proclamation praises Shellman as a “tireless organizer and an intensely loyal friend and advocate for the people and causes in which he believed,” and “his friends in Texas will long remember his kindness, his humility, and his loyalty.”

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Caddo Lake is the breathtakingly beautiful lake and wildlife refuge that it is because of Dwight Shellman and the work of the Caddo Lake Institute he helped to create.