In memory of
Patsy Swank
In memory of
Patsy Swank
SWANK, PATSY, One of the premier figures of the Dallas arts and cultural community, passed away Tuesday morning Feb.7th. from Alzheimer's Disease. The courage and humor she showed during her journey with that affliction deeply affected all who knew & loved her. Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Arch B. Swank Jr. She is survived by two sons, Graham Swank of Era,Texas & Sam Swank of Dallas; two daughters, Margaret Dowd of Dallas and Sallie Swank of Ft. Worth; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Born in Sherman, Texas in 1919 to James Fred Peck & Sallie Burgess Harris. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940, Phi Beta Kappa. She served with the Red Cross as a journalist during World War II, where she covered the Nuremberg trials. She moved to Dallas and worked at the Dallas Morning News where she met her mentor, arts editor John Rosenfield. She then worked as a stringer in Dallas for Life magazine during the 1960's, alerting them of the existence of the Zapruder film after the Kennedy assassination.She enjoyed a long and productive relationship with KERA Channel 13 as an arts reporter, first with the innovative news program "Newsroom", then with her own show "Swank in the Arts". She was the Deputy Ambassador to the Office of Cultural Affairs with Ray Nasher, served on the board of directors of the Arts Magnet High School, and initiated one of the first arts magazines in Dallas, "Arts Illustrated". She started AIDS/ARMS, one of the first public AIDS services for public service, placement, food and housing, and was a fellow of the Dallas Institute of the Humanities. She wrote about and worked tirelessly towards a productive vision for the Trinity River Basin.She will be missed, but remembered fondly for the broad contributions she made over many decades to the cultural landscape of Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21st in the Horchow auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Patsy Swank Memorial Fund benefiting the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing & Visual Arts P.O. Box 192648 Dallas TX 75219 or the Arch & Patsy Swank Memorial Scholarship Fund 1444 Oak Lawn Suite 600 Dallas TX 75207 OB6 Obituaries, Notices
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In memory of
Patsy Swank
SWANK, PATSY, One of the premier figures of the Dallas arts and cultural community, passed away Tuesday morning Feb.7th. from Alzheimer's Disease. The courage and humor she showed during her journey with that affliction deeply affected all who knew & loved her. Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Arch B. Swank Jr. She is survived by two sons, Graham Swank of Era,Texas & Sam Swank of Dallas; two daughters, Margaret Dowd of Dallas and Sallie Swank of Ft. Worth; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Born in Sherman, Texas in 1919 to James Fred Peck & Sallie Burgess Harris. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940, Phi Beta Kappa. She served with the Red Cross as a journalist during World War II, where she covered the Nuremberg trials. She moved to Dallas and worked at the Dallas Morning News where she met her mentor, arts editor John Rosenfield. She then worked as a stringer in Dallas for Life magazine during the 1960's, alerting them of the existence of the Zapruder film after the Kennedy assassination.She enjoyed a long and productive relationship with KERA Channel 13 as an arts reporter, first with the innovative news program "Newsroom", then with her own show "Swank in the Arts". She was the Deputy Ambassador to the Office of Cultural Affairs with Ray Nasher, served on the board of directors of the Arts Magnet High School, and initiated one of the first arts magazines in Dallas, "Arts Illustrated". She started AIDS/ARMS, one of the first public AIDS services for public service, placement, food and housing, and was a fellow of the Dallas Institute of the Humanities. She wrote about and worked tirelessly towards a productive vision for the Trinity River Basin.She will be missed, but remembered fondly for the broad contributions she made over many decades to the cultural landscape of Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21st in the Horchow auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Patsy Swank Memorial Fund benefiting the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing & Visual Arts P.O. Box 192648 Dallas TX 75219 or the Arch & Patsy Swank Memorial Scholarship Fund 1444 Oak Lawn Suite 600 Dallas TX 75207 OB6 Obituaries, Notices
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