Peter Arguindegui

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Peter Ramon "Pete" Arguindegui, Jr.
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Member of the Laredo City Council in Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
In office
1960–1976
Personal details
Born Pedro Ramon Arguindegui, Jr.
September 12, 1931
Laredo, Texas
Died August 3, 2014(2014-08-03) (aged 82)
Laredo, Texas
Resting place Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo
Nationality Mexican-American
Spouse(s) Ethel Martha Leyendecker Arguindegui
Children Peter R. Arguindegui, III

Maria Teresa Arguindegui
Maria Estella Arguindegui-Johnson
Alfonso Luis Arguindegui
Ethel Maria Aguindegui
Seven grandchildren

Parents Pedro, Sr., and Marina A. Arguindegui
Alma mater Texas A&M University
Occupation Petroleum industry
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch Military service branch missing

Peter Ramon Arguindegui, Jr., born Pedro Ramon Arguindegui, Jr.,[1] sometimes known as Pete Arguindegui (September 12, 1931 – August 3, 2014), was an oilman, politician, civic leader, and philanthropist in his native Laredo, Texas.

Biography[edit]

Business[edit]

A 1953 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station and a veteran of the armed forces, Arguindegui became president and, finally, chairman-emeritus of his family-owned Arguindegui Oil Company. The firm was founded in 1942 by his father, Pedro Arguindegui, Sr., who was originally a commission agent for the Continental Oil Company[2] and started his own Conoco distributorship. In the 1970s, the company expanded into commercial fuels and serviced drilling operations in South Texas.[3] Arguindegui is among the Aggie 100, a list of fastest-growing companies owned and operated by TAMU alumni.[2] One of the largest petroleum product suppliers in Texas, the company employs about 250 people in Laredo. Through its AOC Holding Company, Arguindegui operates under the named ConocoPhillips and Valero owns several convenience stores in Laredo, Freer, and Zapata, Texas.[3][4]

Local politics[edit]

From 1960 to 1976, during the administration of Mayor J. C. "Pepe" Martin, Jr., Arguindegui was a member of the Laredo City Council, a nominally nonpartisan body under Texas law which then operated under the mayor-council form of government. In 1982, the city switched to the city manager format. During Arguindegui's time on the council, the city established the Laredo Civic Center on San Bernardo Street, erected the Juárez–Lincoln International Bridge over the Rio Grande, and converted the former Laredo Air Force Base into the now previous site of Laredo International Airport.[2] Salo Otero, a former sports editor for the Laredo Morning Times recalled Arguindegui as a "big, big voice on the city council ... He would say, 'Remember: I'm only one vote I cannot change Laredo by myself.'"[2]

Civic affairs[edit]

Arguindegui served at various times as president of the Laredo Jaycees, the Kiwanis International, the Laredo Country Club, and Border Olympics, in which capacity he instituted the large annual men's Laredo Border Chapter of the API (American Petroleum Institute) Golf Tournament. Odie Arambula, another Laredo Morning Times veteran journalist, termed Arguindegui "probably the best amateur golfer in town".[2] He once played the part of George Washington in Laredo's Washington's Birthday Celebration.[2] From 1984 to 1994, he was a director of the former Union National Bank of Laredo. Thereafter, he was a director of the former Laredo National Bank, since Compass Bank. Arguindegui was a member of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce[3] and was active in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the United Way.[4]

Death and legacy[edit]

Arguindegui died in Laredo at the age of eighty-two. A mass of Christian burial was held on August 6, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Interment followed in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo,[5] where his father, Pedro, Sr. (1902-1991) and mother, Marina A. Arguindegui (1906-1973), are also interred.[6] Arguindegui and his wife, the former Ethel Martha Leyendecker (born c. 1938), have five children, Peter Arguindegui, III (the managing partner at Lobo Logistics of Laredo), and wife Amelie, Maria Teresa Arguindegui, Maria Estella Arguindegui-Johnson and husband, Steve, Alfonso Luis Arguindegui and wife, Alejandra, and Ethel Maria Aguindegui.[7]

Arguindegui and his brother and business partner, Carlos H. Arguindegui (born c. 1933), established with an initial $25,000 the Arguindegui Oil Company Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. The funds subsidize business majors.[8]

Saul Otero called Arguindegui "a great family man and businessman ... a great promoter and ambassador of Laredo".[2] In 2009, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas's 28th congressional district hailed the Arguindegui family in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, having noted its business success and commitment to philanthropy.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Webb County, Texas - Births, 1931, A-K". usgwarchives.net. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Louis San Miguel, "Well known Laredoan dies: Burial Mass set for St. Patrick's Church", Laredo Morning Times, August 6, 2014, pp. 1, 12A
  3. ^ a b c "Arguindegui Oil keeps community running". Laredo Morning Times. April 25, 2005. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Henry Cuellar (July 22, 2009). "Recognizing the Family Business, AOC Holding Company". Congressional Record. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Peter Arguindedgui, Jr. (1931-2014)", Laredo Morning Times, August 6, 2014., p. 10A
  6. ^ "Arguindegui burials". findagrave.com. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Peter Arguindegui", Laredo Morning Times, August 5, 2014, p. 10A
  8. ^ "Arguindegui Oil Company Endowed Scholarship". tamiu.edu. Retrieved August 6, 2014.