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Former Houston ISD board member Arthur Gaines dies

Gaines capped 60-year involvement by serving on board as District 4 trustee

Arthur McKinley Gaines (Photo courtesy of the Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi)

HOUSTON – Arthur M. Gaines, who served the Houston Independent School District for six decades, died Friday morning, the Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi said.

Gaines' service to Houston ISD dates back to 1948, the chapter said. He was in the first wave of African-American educators to work their way up the district's administrative ranks, serving it in roles as a principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and district superintendent, and capped his 60-year involvement in the district by serving four terms on the board as District 4 trustee.

The chapter said Gaines served by appointment of the governor on the Board of Regents of Texas Southern University and was appointed in 1990 by then-President George H.W. Bush to the Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education.

Gaines was a charter member and first polemarch of the Beta Upsilon of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and a past polemarch of the Houston Alumni Chapter, the chapter said. He was the last living charter member of Beta Upsilon.

"Please keep his wife Jean, his son Brother Arthur Gaines III and the rest of the Gaines family in your thoughts and prayers," said Bennie Childs III, polemarch of the Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

No arrangements have been announced. The Houston Alumni Chapter said it would share information regarding services when available.