Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Visionary Altharetta Yeargin Gone

We are sad to report that Altharetta Yeargin passed away Wednesday August 13, 2014. She was 93 years old and had been living the last few years with her niece in San Marcos. Mrs. Yeargin was the first art teacher for Spring Branch in 1954. She later became the Art Director for the district and was instrumental in getting art teachers in each school.

She and her husband Bob traveled the world together, going to all the continents and most countries-some as many as seven times. He was a noted Houston commercial photographer and while he took amazing pictures, she gathered artifacts, all to bring back and show her students. Her goal was to show them how much you could learn about a culture by looking at their artwork, with the materials they used and the designs they incorporated. She later donated all of her artifacts to SBISD which became the foundation of the museum.

Along with other donations, we now have a collection valued at more than 2 million dollars. Her vision and generosity will live on through all the lives of the students she touched and those that continue to be reached each time they visit AYAM.

We are forever grateful!
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