Yale University

In Memoriam

Nick Acuff


Donald Nicholas Acuff

Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram
Published April 22, 2012

Nick Acuff
1964 graduation

Nick Acuff, 70, passed away at home Wednesday, April 18, 2012, following a hard-fought battle with colon cancer.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Nick's name to the American Cancer Society.

Nick Acuff was born April 7, 1942, in Fort Worth to Bernice and Noble Acuff. He grew up on the west side of Fort Worth and in Greenwich, Conn., where his family moved in the early 1950s. After graduating from Yale University and the University of Texas Law School, Nick enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Vesole for three years as a communications officer before returning to Fort Worth.

Nick Acuff
in recent years

Happy to be back in the city he loved, Nick ran a successful family business before opening his own law practice. He was an accomplished litigator who relished good debate and challenging court cases. Nick was very committed to providing his diverse array of clients with the best legal representation and became a fixture in the Fort Worth legal community.

His other passion was politics. He was a committed member of the Tarrant County Republican Party, in which he served in official capacities, including chairman in the 1980s and as its official legal counsel. He was proud to have done his share in building a Republican majority in Texas.

Nick had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a great friend. Nick loved nothing more than a big family reunion at the holidays or to attend the Fort Worth Rodeo. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones and the many people whose lives he touched in Fort Worth and beyond.

Survivors: Nick is survived by his loving wife, Michael Acuff; son, Noble Acuff of Long Beach, Calif.; daughter, Julie Albright of New York, N.Y.; sister, Dona Fitzsimons of Bodega Bay, Calif.; and grandchildren, Jane and Max.