SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Southwest Texas State University will receive $1.2 million from the estate of Reed Brantley Parr, an SWT graduate and longtime benefactor who died last November.
The majority of the bequest to SWT is earmarked for the Lewis A. and Reed B. Parr Presidential Endowment. The remainder of $25,000 will be contributed to the Lewis A. and Reed B. Parr Endowed Music Scholarship.
As a retired public school teacher and band director, Parr was an active leader in San Marcos civic affairs. She was a member of the Hays County Historical Commission and was past president of the San Marcos Association of Retired Teachers. She received the Texas Historical Commission’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 1995.
She and her late husband, Lewis A. Parr, received bachelor’s degrees from SWT in 1931.
She taught at schools in La Pryor, Medina, Bandera and Pflugerville, Texas, and Ogden, Utah.
Parr received several honors recognizing her for her service to SWT, including both the Key of Excellence Award and the Alumni Achiever Award presented by the SWT Alumni Association.
The large conference room on the top floor of the J.C. Kellam Building at SWT is named in her honor.