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TWU announces Lillian Moore Bradshaw and The Stark Foundation as 2006 Founders’ Award recipients


DENTON — Lillian Moore Bradshaw and The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation are the recipients of the 2006 Founders’ Award presented by Texas Woman's University, the TWU Foundation and the Former Students Association of TWU.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Patron seats are available for $60. Benefactor tables for eight are available for $500. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 8, and may be made by calling the TWU Office of Institutional Development at (940) 898-3863.

Lillian Moore Bradshaw has been a generous supporter of Texas Woman’s University’s School of Library and Information Studies for many years. From 1987 to 2003, TWU hosted the Annual Lillian Bradshaw Lecture, allowing TWU to bring outstanding national and international scholars to the university for public lectures. In 2005, the Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair in Library Science was established at TWU with Dr. Robert S. Martin, former director of the National Institute of Museum and Library Services, named to the position.

Mrs. Bradshaw is a woman whose career has inspired professional librarianship among her colleagues and students. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Maryland College and her master’s degree from Drexel University, where she later was honored with the degree of Doctor of Letters. She was a librarian at the Utica (N.Y.) Public Library and at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md. In 1962 Mrs. Bradshaw became the first woman in the United States to direct a major library system when she was appointed the director of the Dallas Public Library, a post she held until 1984. Her many contributions to civic and professional associations included a term as the American Library Association’s president in 1971.

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation and TWU have had a long educational partnership. The late Mrs. Stark was an alumna, former regent and long-time benefactor of the university. Mrs. Stark graduated in 1930 from the College of Industrial Arts (now TWU) with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1955, she was appointed to the TWU Board of Regents. She served on the board until 1975, including six years as vice chair.

In 1957, she received the first honorary degree ever awarded by TWU for “singularly and exceptionally high civic and humanitarian achievements.” In 1966, TWU regents named a new 21-story residence hall for Mrs. Stark in recognition of her service and generosity to the university. Her generous financial support for the university included gifts for research and equipment, athletic scholarships, building enhancements and an endowed fund.

In 2004 the Stark Foundation made a $3 million gift toward TWU’s new $37 million, state-of-the-art Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center opening in fall 2006. TWU’s college of nursing in Houston has been named the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in recognition of Mrs. Stark’s long relationship with the university.

As of Feb. 1, sponsors of the Founders’ Award luncheon include: Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors; BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas; Chancellor and President, TWU; City of Denton; Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas; DATCU; Denton Record-Chronicle; First State Bank; First United Bank & Trust; The Morrison Milling Company; Northstar Bank of Texas; Presbyterian Hospital of Denton; PointBank; Public Strategies, Inc.; Ramey & King Insurance; TexasBank; Texas Instruments; TWU Former Students Association; Verizon; and Ann Williams, TWU Regent.

Founders’ Day was known as Pancake Night when the Ex-Students Association started it in 1924. When the school was renamed Texas State College for Women in 1936, the event was given its present name.
The first Founders’ Awards were presented in 1998 to honor organizations and individuals who have supported TWU.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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