Maegene Nelson, avid supporter of cultural arts throughout her life, was honored by family members with establishment of the endowment that bears
her name. Born in Ohio in 1943, Maegene Nelson grew up in Lubbock. Her parents Jack O. and Rose Mary Nelson encouraged
her interest in the arts at an early age. Piano and viola studies, begun by the time of elementary school, led to a lifelong enjoyment of music
and to her position as violist in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra when still in high school. Nelson was also an enthusiastic student of watercolor.
Following graduation, Maegene enrolled in Texas Tech, becoming the first Latin major to graduate from the university. She then taught Latin, English,
and French at Glendale High School in Arizona, while undertaking graduate studies at Arizona State University and the Université Catholique de l'Ouest
in Angers, France. She received a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management, and began a new career in banking as
a commercial lending officer with Chemical Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) and Bank of Montreal. Nelson loved opera and, because of her employment posts
in New York, Houston, and Chicago, she enjoyed performances by some of the nation's great opera companies. Maegene returned to Lubbock in 2001, where,
for several years, she was a Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank. From this point until her death in 2008, Nelson was active in various organizations,
including the Lubbock Women's Club, Executive Women's Forum, the Lubbock Master Gardeners Club and Lubbockview Christian Church, and she maintained
membership in alumni associations, the National Ranching Heritage Center, and Texas Tech Friends of Music. The Maegene Nelson Visiting Scholar program
fittingly attests to her memory by providing cultural capital in the form of engaged scholarship embracing a variety of fields of expertise in support
of Texas Tech University's Fine Arts Doctoral Program and the Lubbock community at large.