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Shirley Mae Houston (Mrs. Thomas H. Houston)

Shirley Mae Houston, American court reporter. Registered professional reporter, certified shorthand reporter, legal video specialist. Named to Hall of Fame; recipient Texas Special Recognition award, Houston Court Reporters Distinguished Service award.


  • Houston, Shirley Mae was born on October 4, 1938 in Jasper, Texas, United States. Daughter of Walter Louis and Effie Marie (Hulett) Gordon.

  • Education

    • Student, University Houston, 1957. Student, South Texas Junior College, Houston, 1958. Grad, Robert Krippner School Reporting, 1965.


    • Various secretarial positions, 1956—1965. Court reporter, owner Houston Reporting Service, since 1965. Owner H-R-S, since 1975.

      Vice president Tradewinds Industrial Pk, Inc., 1974—1983, director, since 1984. Partner Houston Video Service, since 1977. Director Skate City United States of America, Inc., since 1980, president, since 1987.

      Owner Houston Litigation Support Service, since 1986, Depositions Unlimited, since 1995. Volunteer juvenile counselor. Advisor Houston Community College, 1976—1978, Alvin Community College, 1980—1984.

    Major achievements

    • Registered professional reporter, certified shorthand reporter, legal video specialist.


    Our justification before God is based on faith in Christ alone and not in our ethnicity.


    Communion and Water Baptism are symbolic acts of obedience to the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament.

    Denomination: Baptist


    The sense of being connected is how the Church as a whole should be structured. At its heart is an understanding of the Christian community as the 'body of Christ '.


    Fellow: Academy Professional Reporters. Member: Daughters of the American Revolution, Junior League of Houston, Society Technological Advancement Reporters (convention chairman 1984, board directors 1984-1987, treasurer 1987-1988, seminar instructor 1986-1987, chairman convention 1988, membership committee 1992-1993, star since 1992), Legal Assistants Association (director 1969), Texas Court Reporters Association (chairman convention since 1991, advisor to convention chairman 1992-1993, Special Recognition award 1990, Fellow Texas Hall of Fame 1990), Greater Houston Legal Secretaries Association, Texas Association Legal Secretaries, National Association Legal Secretaries, National Shorthand Reporters Association (placement chairman 1990-1991), Reporters Cooperative, Inc. (secretary 1986-1987, vice president 1987-1988, president 1988-1989, treasurer 1993-1994), Texas Shorthand Reporters Association (advertising chairman convention member 1967, director 1978-1980, seminar instructor 1985-1989, state liaison to state bar of Texas 1986-1988, chairman marketing and public relations 1987-1988, special advisor to board directors 1988, co-chairman This is Your Life 1989-1993, member nominating committee since 1989, advisor convention and budget committee 1991-1992, chairman task force for executive director 1992-1993, chairman ethics task force 1993-1996, mid-year seminar committee 1995-1996, vice chairman cost, efficiency and delay committee, Distinguished Service award 1987), National Shorthand Reporters Association (state chairman membership committee 1977-1978, seminar instructor national convention 1978-1984, director 1979-1980, placement committee member 1980-1982, co-chairman word processing committee 1981-1983, director insurance committee 1982-1984, chairman videotape committee 1985, member 1986, fund-raising task force 1986-1988, chairman videotape committee 1987-1988, member alternate technologies committee 1988-1989, membership committee 1990-1991, chairman 1990-1992, Distinguished Service award 1995), Greater Houston Court Reporters Association (president 1975, distinguished service award 1983), National Court Reporters Foundation (chairman technical committee 1986-1987, chairman advisory committee 1994-1995), National Court Reporters Association (co-chairman Texas fundraising committee 1991-1992, chairman Texas presidential reception 1992-1993, president's banquet chairman 1993-1994, president's banquet committee 1994-1995, Distinguished Service award 1995, chairman distinguished service award 1995-1996), Cotillion (Houston).


    • Married Thomas Harold Houston, August 3, 1957.
    • father: Walter Louis Gordon
    • mother: Effie Marie (Hulett) Gordon
    • spouse: Thomas Harold Houston
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    Born October 4, 1938