Victor Eugene Cameron became addicted to golf after taking early retirement from Cameron Iron Works, where he was a tool and die maker by trade. He was the son of Harry S. Cameron, who founded Cameron Iron Works in a tin shack in Humble and developed it into one of Houston’s major employers. It was while Vic administered the Cameron Family Foundation that he was involved in such generous grants to the golf programs at all Houston area colleges - Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Rice, Houston, St. Thomas, Houston Baptist and Texas Southern benefitted from the Cameron estate.
An avid sports fan and a high-handicapper at Champions Golf Club, Vic also urged the Foundation to make a $1million grant to Rice to build a baseball stadium, which was appropriately named Cameron Field. Vic was happiest when he was on the golf course, although an industrial accident left his back fused and he had no body turn with his golf swing. As a result, he relied on his arms.
A navy veteran, Vic, through the Foundation, was a heavy contributor to charity golf tournaments, which always earned him a spot in the field. He was a regular in the Houston Pro-Am and the Houston Cystic Fibrosis Tournament, and made numerous junkets with college golf teams. Vic’s son, Dave, succeeded Vic as a trustee with the Cameron Foundation, which still supports golf-related events.
Birthplace: Humble, Texas
Born: March 10, 1910
Died: January 1, 1984