Earlene Causey, first woman to head ASTA

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WASHINGTON -- Earlene Causey, the first woman to serve as president and chief executive officer of ASTA, died July 24 in her hometown of Baytown, Texas.

A former Navy officer, Causey was elected to the post of president and CEO of ASTA and served from 1992 to 1994.

Causey, director of industry affairs for Supertravel in Baytown, Texas, joined ASTA in 1974 and later became the first vice president and president of the Southwest Chapter.

Causey went on to chair of the ASTA Council of Travel Marketing Organizations and ASTA's 58th World Travel Congress in Budapest, Hungary in 1988.

Additionally, Causey served on the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) Government Affairs Council Tax Working Group, and helped initiate ASTA's first Industry Tax Summit in January 1993.

Causey was also chair of ASTA's Global Partnership Marketing Council and was president of the travel and tourism industry's Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund.

"Earlene was ASTA's first woman president, and as such, she will always hold a unique and extraordinary place in ASTA's history," said ASTA President and CEO Richard Copland. "She worked her way up through her chapter to become one of ASTA's great leaders and she was admired by so many throughout the industry worldwide. Earlene was an energetic and dynamic woman, whose heart and soul was in the travel community. We express our heartfelt condolences to Earlene's family."

Causey was a graduate of East Central University in Ada, Okla.

She is survived by her husband Bruce Maynor Causey Jr., son Bruce Earl Causey, daughter Missy Stout, granddaughter Lindsay Ellis Stout and grandson Alexander Braden Stout.

Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. on July 27 at Grace United Methodist Church, 304 N. Pruett in Baytown. Visitation was to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 26 at Navarre Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Literacy Program at Sterling Municipal Library, Doctors Without Borders, Second Harvest or the charity of your choice.

Causey will be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on August 5, 2004 at 9 a.m.

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