Three Memorial Endowments Established in Honor of Libraries Supporters in 2006

Memorial gifts provide a unique opportunity for friends, family and colleagues to honor the lives of Baylor alumni and supporters. Over the last year, library endowments have been established to acknowledge the contributions of three beloved Baylor supporters.

Jean M. Spencer-Jenness was the editor of the Baylor Geological Bulletins and a lecturer in the department from 1966 to 1978. She passed away in 2003 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Stuart Jenness established the endowment in Jean’s name, “to provide a perpetual academic memorial as a fitting way to thank the University for the gifts of knowledge and experiences it provided” his late wife.

“[She] retained fond memories of her years at Baylor, her association with other staff members there and her enjoyment of teaching and field trips. She also greatly appreciated the value of learning through reading,” Dr. Jenness said.

Dr. Jenness and Jean’s family felt “an on-going gift of geological literature seemed a most appropriate form of tribute to her memory and thank you to the geology department and University.” Jean’s family, friends, colleagues and ex-students are contributing to this memorial endowment.

Jesmarie Harvey Hurst graduated from Baylor in 1954. She and her husband Dick actively supported Baylor for many years. Jesmarie had served on the Libraries Board of Advisors for six years as a tireless advocate for the Armstrong Browning Library. She donated the “Venice” window in the ABL Cox Foyer in memory of her mentor and favorite teacher, Dr. Luther Weeks Courtney.

When Jesmarie lost her battle with cancer earlier this year, the Libraries board members felt it was fitting to honor her by establishing a Baylor Book Society (BBS) endowment in her memory. Several of her friends from Tyler also established another BBS endowment in her name.

Because of her friends’ love for her, four books will be purchased for the ABL collection each year, in perpetuity.

George Henri Kadiz was a fixture on the Baylor campus. He lived close to campus and walked everywhere he went. George was known by music students whose recitals he attended and by those that frequented the Libraries where George worked.

When George died unexpectedly this spring, faculty, staff, students and alumni gave generously to establish a BBS endowment in his memory, which will purchase music materials for current and future students. George’s love of Baylor and its students will live on because people who knew him paid tribute to him and his contribution to Baylor.

While they will be missed, their legacies will live on through the impact of the endowments established in their names. To give to these endowments or find out more about establishing endowments, please contact Mary Goolsby.

-Mary Goolsby
Library Advancement