Mrs. Virginia Chandler Dykes
Virginia Chandler Dykes completed graduate studies in Occupational Therapy at TWU in 1953 after graduating from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Art and Psychology. As a healthcare provider and through her many civic activities she has spent a life time committed to helping others.
During her professional career she was Director of Occupational and Recreational Therapy at Baylor University Medical Center for 26 years where she developed and supervised the occupation and recreational programs in rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders, hand splinting and acute physical disabilities. She established a Recreational Therapy Internship Program and Occupational Therapy Internship programs at Baylor with twenty three universities participating, including TWU. She created the "Boomerang Club", the first support group in Dallas for stroke patients and their families.
Because of her service to the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Virginia was awarded a Life Membership and the Occupational Therapist of the Year in 1989.
Upon retirement in 1988, Virginia devoted more of her time to cultural and charitable organizations and became actively involved in the Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas Arboretum, Women's Council, Theater III, TACA Board of Governors, Baylor Medical Center Foundation and Chi Omega Sorority where she was recognized as the Outstanding Alumna in 2006. In 2005, Virginia was appointed to the TWU Board of Regents.
To honor her mentor and former chair of the occupational therapy department, Virginia and her husband, Roland, established the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Annual lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy in 1993.
TWU established the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award and Luncheon in her name to raise funds for TWU scholarships and heighten the awareness of TWU in Dallas. Recently, her family and friends established the Birdie Virginia Guy Goodman scholarship for the College of Professional Education in honor of her grandmother.