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Philanthropist, educator and feminist Ronya Kozmetsky dies at 90

Thu, October 27, 2011

Ronya Kozmetsky was a professor at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and an early and steadfast supporter of Women's and Gender Studies at The University of Texas.

While her husband was a longtime UT educator and administrator and business thinker, Ronya headed the RGK Foundation as it grew to a $110 million charitable fund.

Mary Beth Rogers, chief of staff for the late Gov. Ann Richards, knew Kozmetsky for her support of education, culture and "anything to benefit women and children."

"She was an amazing, remarkable, accomplished woman who had great feelings for humanity," said Rogers, who was on the board of the Kozmetsky family foundation until recently. "She had a major impact in this state and beyond."

Kozmetsky worked to empower women, whether by underwriting Leadership Texas, donating millions to a national women's museum in Dallas or starting a regular salon of 50 women meeting in one another's homes.

She wrote books, including "Making it Together: A Survival Manual for the Executive Family, " and "Women in Business; Succeeding as a Manager, Professional, or Entrepreneur."

"She was generous, giving and a proponent of those who were less fortunate," Laura Kilcrease, an investment professional and family friend said. "There was a strong sense of 'We are immigrants and we did well, and we should give back.


From the Austin American-Statesman

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