Last fall, the Glasscock School lost a dear friend, Demaris Hudspeth. She and her husband Hank (a long-serving member of the Glasscock School Advisory Board) left an indelible mark on the school and the continuing education programs it provides.
With a generous gift from the Hudspeths, the school was able to establish the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, building on more than 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit programming.
“Their generosity has allowed more than 4,000 individuals to learn about nonprofit management in the five years the Center has been open, and the training has helped more than 800 nonprofit organizations,” says Angela Seaworth, Ph.D., director of the Center.
“Demaris cared deeply about our responsibility to take action to make our communities better,” she says. “She wanted nonprofits to operate efficiently so they could serve more people, and wanted us to attract talented people to serve – and lead – in the nonprofit sector.”
Further, the Hudspeths provided the naming gift for the freestanding auditorium in the Anderson-Clarke Center, the new home of the Glasscock School finished in 2014.
Dean Mary McIntire explains, “all of us who had the honor of knowing Demaris have wonderful memories of her wisdom and dry wit, her intellectual curiosity and keen mind, her prodigious memory – and her many kindnesses. She is sorely missed.”
A memorial concert will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, in Alice Pratt Brown Hall (the Shepherd School building) on the Rice campus. For additional information on Demaris Hudspeth, see the obituary published in the Houston Chronicle last November.