Scholarship honors President Simmons’ mother, sister

Family and friends of Gladys Vernon Williams and Anne Simmons Heifetz
have established a scholarship at Lamar University in memory of the two

“My mother and sister were great people and we wanted to honor them
with a scholarship in their names.  The Gladys V. Williams and Anne S.
Heifetz Memorial Scholarship will continue to help people, just as these
amazing women did during their lives,” said Lamar President James

Williams graduated from South Park High School, attended South Park
Junior College on a tennis scholarship and was a Texas state tennis
champion.  She lived in Orange for more than 40 years and was very involved
with the community.  Williams was a member of the First United Methodist
Church of Orange, the Beaumont Junior League, the Orange Service
League and the Ivy League Garden Club.  She enjoyed playing bridge and was
an accomplished interior decorator.

Williams’ daughter and Simmons’ sister, Anne Heifetz, passed away
August 24, 2006.  She was best known for her love of family. Her sister,
Susan Howlett of Austin, recalls the sense of magic Heifetz brought
when she entered a room.

“She was one of those people who asked how you were doing and
sincerely cared about the answer.  Her family and friends always came first
and she is greatly missed,” said Howlett.

Heifetz attended Lamar for one year before moving to San Antonio and
graduating from Our Lady of the Lake University.  She and her husband
raised their son Andrew in Baltimore, where she retired upon the birth of
her first grandchild. Once a week Heifetz traveled to Virginia to
baby-sit her grandchildren, Katie Ruth and Zach. She was bright in many
subjects, but her love for her family superseded everything else, according
to Howlett.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate
or graduate student. The scholarship is open to all majors, and
recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

For additional information on contributing to this scholarship or on
making other
donations, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.

Contacts: Janice Trammell, Executive Director, Lamar University
(409) 880-8422
James Simmons, President (409) 880-8405
Brian Sattler, Director, Public Relations, (409) 880-8396

Written By: Dawn Katz, Public Relations Assistant, (409) 880-8965