Grande dame of real estate, Ebby Halliday, was today commissioned as Admiral of the Texas Navy. Making her now Admiral Halliday.
At a ceremony held today at her corporate office, Ebby was commissioned as an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Admiral Patrick McEnroe who conferred her title.
During his introduction he said that Ebby has a PhD in the school of Get er done! He went on to say that she has elevated women in areas that were dominated by men and done a better job. It reminds me of the saying, when you want the right man for a job, it ll probably be a woman, he said.
An official State of Texas Proclamation was signed by Governor Rick Perry with the official Seal of the State of Texas and presented to Ebby. She joins the ranks of other notables to receive this honor, including Academy Award winning actress Ginger Rogers.
When asked about this honor, Ebby said, It is one of the true highlights of my 98 years. Of course, now that I am an Admiral, I am going to have to perfect my salute!
Ebby adds this to a long list of honors, including the title of honorary doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. She is fondly referred to as Doc Halliday.
In addition to Ebby, Uly Vlamides, a WWII Navy man and 30-year member of Ebby s Property Management and Residential Leasing division, was commissioned as Admiral along with Reed Ashwill and USAF Colonel Mark Fluker.
The First Texas Navy was established in 1835, and the Second Texas Navy was established in 1837. In 1958, Texas Governor Price Daniel re-activated the Texas Navy with the purpose of Assuring the survival of Texas’ Naval history, boundaries, water resources, and for the civil defense of Texas.” In 1973, the Texas Legislature authorized the charter of the Texas Navy Association, Inc., as the official body to oversee the operation of the Texas Navy. For more on the Texas Navy, click here.
Coverage of the ceremony and Ebby s interview is scheduled to air tonight, July 30, on Channels 4 (FOX) and 5 (NBC) at 5:00p.m. and Channels 4 (FOX) and 33 (KDAF) at 9:00p.m. Channel 5 (NBC) will also air at 10:00p.m.
To see photos from today’s ceremony, visit the official Ebby Halliday Facebook Page here.