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