Lee Govatos Family Papers
- Govatos, Lee John (Person)
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While at the Pier Cafe, John Govatos made friends with many prominent local and area personalities including Dick Kleberg, Johnny Kenedy, General Miller Ainsworth from Luling, and Lyndon Johnson. Johnson and Govatos became good friends and shared political views. The Nixon Cafe was the meeting place for businessmen, oilmen, and was the location where members of the Round Robin met. The Round Robin was established by Robert Dougherty Bluntzer and was a letter writing group to inform servicemen of local news stationed at the "front" in World War II.
John Govatos returned to Greece in 1936 and met Marika Manolkakis, a year later they married on January 9, 1938. They had two children, a girl Patricia and a son, Lee. Patricia married Thomas Whitehurst and had two sons, Thomas, and Robert. Lee never married. Marika Govatos was known for her kindness, gracious manners, and beautiful gardens. She was a world traveler and collector of antiques. She and her husband were among the founders of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Corpus Christi.
In 1964 Govatos and his wife, Marika, visited President Johnson at the White House and attended a luncheon there for Queen Fredericka of Greece and her daughter Irene.
John Govatos was active in starting and contributing to the growth of St. Nicholas Church in Corpus Christi. Hhe was a 32nd Degree Mason and an early member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Texas Restaurant Association.
His son Lee John Govatos grew up in Corpus Christi and spent summers at Camp Stewart in Kerrville, Texas. He attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture. His passion was history and love of architecture, especially of historic buildings. He was a member of the Landmark Commission and the Nueces County Historical Commission and Society. Lee Govatos made friends easily and supported many historical and political projects throughout the state of Texas.
Lee Govatos Family Papers
Series I: Biographical Information Series II: Correspondence Series III: Nueces County Historical Commission Papers Series IV: Landmark Commission Papers Series V: Photographs Series VI: Artifacts Series VII: Newspaper Clippings Series VII: Drawings by Lee Govatos
- Camp Stewart. Kerrville, Texas
- Govatos, John George, 1890-1968
- Govatos, Marika J., 1912-2009
- Historic buildings
- Johnson, Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor, 1912-2007
- Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
- Junior Chamber of Commerce. Corpus Christi
- Landmark Commission . Corpus Christi
- Nueces County Historical Commission
- Nueces County Historical Society
- Restaurants -- Texas -- History
- St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Corpus Christi
- Texas -- Corpus Christi
- Texas Restaurant Association
- Guide to Lee Govatos Family Papers
- Lori Atkins
- July 2021
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Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
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Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States