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Names and Places of UTSA: John Peace II

May 26, 2011

by Shannon Keith

Have you ever wondered as you drive up James Bauerle Boulevard or walked in to the Margaret Batts Tobin Laboratory Building, “Who are the people behind the names we see every day on the UTSA campus?” The staff in Special Collections will answer that question in a series of Top Shelf posts. If there is someone in particular you would like to hear about, leave us a comment and we’ll address it in a future post.

John Peace, 1973.
John Peace Library Under Construction, 1974.

Who’s better to start with than the namesake of the building I work in every day: John R. Peace II? A lawyer and active member of the San Antonio community, Peace joined the Board of Regents of the University of Texas system in 1967 and served as the board chairman between 1971 and 1973. During his tenure, he advocated for the establishment of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He continued his involvement in the University after its establishment in 1969, and donated his own collection of Texana including 900 books and 500 documents to the UTSA Library in 1973. Those items are now available to the public in the UTSA Library’s Special Collections. Two years after his death in 1974, the University opened the doors of the John Peace Library building.

Ruby McGee Peace (wife), John Peace III, and Lillie Ellen (Stack) Peace (mother)
at the opening of the John Peace Collection at the Library, 1978.


Joe B. Frantz, “PEACE, JOHN ROBERT,” Handbook of Texas Online (*s/fpe01), accessed May 24, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

“John Peace Collection to be Exhibited.” The Road Runner. June 11, 1979.

“Buildings Open to Students.” UTSA Bulletin, July, 1976.

Photo Credits

Gil Barrera Photographs of the University of Texas at San Antonio, 1972-1978, MS 27, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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