Bloomin' GenerousJune 23, 2005
Thousands of yellow and purple pansies adorned Founders Mall in the Sadie Jo Black Gardens, which were dedicated in April. Black installed the endowed gardens to enhance the beauty of Baylor's campus, where she taught for 35 years in the family and consumer sciences department. "I've always liked flowers, even as a little girl," said Black, a longtime University benefactor. A plaque in the garden expresses her wishes: "May all who enter these gardens find inspiration and peace." The gardens' design and flowers will be changed twice a year by Wolfe Landscapes of Waco.
Black also funds holiday decorations in the William and Betty Black Foyer in Clifton Robinson Tower, named after her brother and sister-in-law, and has endowed three scholarships at Baylor in honor of family members. She is involved in several Baylor and community clubs and foundations and has been honored with the James Huckins and Pat Neff medallions of the Medallion Fellowship.