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Fortson named Great Woman of Texas 2013


Great Women of Texas, 2013 

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Kay Fortson, president of the Kimbell Art Foundation was named the 2013 Great Women of Texas last night at the Fort Worth Business Press’ Great Women of Texas event. The event, held at the Fort Worth Club, attracted more than 300 and was sponsored by OmniAmerican Bank. Fortson was honored for her work with the Kimbell Art Foundation and the Kimbell Art Museum, which will unveil a major addition on Nov. 27. The new Renzo Piano Pavilion will mark Fortson’s legacy in the development of the Cultural District. “I accepted the responsibility of the museum as a duty,” says Fortson. “I couldn’t leave it to the next generation. They weren’t there. They couldn’t feel about the Kahn building like I do. The Kahn is a masterpiece, but we were out of room.”

Named to the 2013 Women of Influence are: Amy Adkins, Fort Worth Symphony Dana Burghdoff, City of Fort Worth Janet Capua, Z’s Cafe Tricia Carter-Haber, Merrill Lynch Nommo Combs, Texas Health Resources Dr. Rachel Croson, University of Texas at Arlington Terri Croxton, JD Associates D’Ann Dagen, Hangman’s House of Horrors Cinetrea Grace, 619 Productions Sue Harvison, Thrift Benefits Laura Hilgart, Women’s Center of Tarrant County Leah King, Holland Services Nancy Lieberman, Nancy Lieberman Foundation Carla Luig, First Choice Clare McGarrey, InterConnect Gwendolyn Caldwell Morrison, Tarrant County College Mary Murcott, NOVO 1 Dr. Lisa Nussbaum, AG Builders Wanda Page, Disabled Crime Victims Assistance Heather Reynolds, Catholic Charities Mary Margaret Richter, JO Design Pamela Smallwood, Smallwood Corporate Housing Mary Grace Thoennes, Wells Fargo Advisors Jeanne Smith, Weaver Jean Tips, University of North Texas Health Science Center Leesa Vardeman, VLK Architects Delia Williams, Williamsrdm Women Steering Business  

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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