H.R. No. 827

WHEREAS, Lillian Williams Crouch was inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame on March 11, 2005; and WHEREAS, Established in 1985, the commission is composed of El Paso citizens who are committed to the pursuit of equal rights and responsibilities for all women; inductees to the organization's Hall of Fame are recognized in one of five categories, including arts, civic leadership, education, professional, and public service; and WHEREAS, Selected for the education category, Mrs. Crouch worked as a teacher and school administrator for 37 years, before her retirement in 2001; her history is peppered by significant life challenges, but she always emerged from those setbacks with a strong spirit and a desire to give back to her community; and WHEREAS, At age 15, this remarkable woman graduated from high school in Dallas and later earned her bachelor's degree from Huston-Tillotson College in Austin; she also obtained her master's degree in education from The University of Texas and completed postgraduate studies at Texas Tech in Lubbock; and WHEREAS, Mrs. Crouch was hired to teach at Whispering Pines, an innovative school in Florida, and later became assistant principal at Burnet Elementary School in El Paso; she was the first African American to reach the director level in the El Paso Independent School District and was later promoted to executive director of human resources; she has shared her experience and expertise with school districts throughout the country and in Germany, where she taught American children during her husband's service in the military; and WHEREAS, A valued community leader, Mrs. Crouch is a former vice president and board member of the El Paso Community Foundation and has served as a director of the El Paso County Historical Society and the El Paso Federal Credit Union; currently, she is the first vice president of the Woman's Club and is chairing the organization's 2005 civic benefit luncheon; moreover, she has received numerous awards for her service, including the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers Outstanding Principal Award, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Theta Iota Achievement Award, and the Afro American Cultural Association Martin Luther King, Jr., Public Service Award; and WHEREAS, Mrs. Crouch and her husband, James, are avid supporters of The University of Texas at El Paso and have established an endowed scholarship in memory of their son, Frederick James Crouch; and WHEREAS, The strength of our communities and the educational vitality of the State of Texas depend on the dedication of women like Lillian Crouch; she uses her considerable talents and gentle spirit to serve others, and it is a pleasure to join in honoring her at this time; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Lillian Williams Crouch on her induction into the El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame and extend to her sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mrs. Crouch as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives. Chavez ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 827 was adopted by the House on April 7, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House