The death last week of former House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez, who was 84, touched lawmakers, regulators, and bank lobbyists who had worked with the populist Texas Democrat during his 37 years on the panel.

Mr. Gonzalez, who had been ailing off and on since 1997, died Tuesday in a hospital in San Antonio, the city he represented in the House from 1961 to 1998. The cause of death was not given. Friends and foes alike saluted him.

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