“No excuses” was one of Bob Kleberg’s credos. The longtime patriarch of the King Ranch lived his life with what his daughter Helenita, now 89, calls a “tenacity of purpose” that piloted him to a global leadership role in ranching, agriculture and energy.
“One of the things my father always said was, ‘Let’s make a plan — so we can change it later,’” said Helen Kleberg Groves — Helenita — raised on the King Ranch, the only child of ranch manager Robert “Bob” J. Kleberg Jr. and his wife Helen Campbell Kleberg.
In Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch, a beautifully illustrated book from Trinity University Press/Maverick Books and the Witte Museum, Groves tells a romantic story of the legendary South Texas ranch — founded in 1853 by her great-grandfather Capt. Richard King — primarily from her parents’ point of view. Read more.