Today the Hockaday School announced a $3 million gift from the Dean Learning Center to create the Dr. William B. Dean Endowment Fund for Service Learning and Academic Learning Support. Dean was a pediatrician and trustee of The Hockaday School from 1970–1977.
“It is incredibly satisfying and exciting to be able to continue my father’s legacy through this Endowment Fund at Hockaday,” said David Dean, chair of the Dean Learning Center. “I know these existing initiatives are priorities at the School and are at the heart of Hockaday’s culture.”
Dean’s relationship with Hockaday began in 1961, when Hockaday teachers worked with the Dean Learning Center and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to create programs for teacher training and diagnostic evaluations. The Center focused on dyslexic students and students with other forms of learning differences in need of support programs. Dr. Dean’s daughter, Rebecca, attended Hockaday for eleven years and graduated in 1974.
“Both service learning and confidence in one’s own learning process are essential to developing the whole girl, and collectively, our students benefit greatly from these programs,” Eugene McDermott headmistress Kim Wargo said.