1970 – Dallas, Texas
Val Imm Bashour was born in Mankato, Minnesota to Mr. and Mrs. Val Imm. Her late father, publisher of a weekly newspaper, was a thirty-year member of the Minnesota State Legislature. She attended Mankato State University and was graduated from Bethany Lutheran College. While a columnist and society editor for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News, Mrs. Bashour was the winner of top awards for feature and series writing from the Associated Press and United Press International and the Dallas Press Club. She is the only society writer ever to receive an award for society commentary from the Southwestern Journalism Forum and Southern Methodist University. She is currently a free-lance writer and lecturer. She is a member of Believers Chapel, Crystal Charity Ball Committee, The Dallas Women’s Club, Dallas Symphony League, a founding member of the Historic Preservation League Advisory Council and a board member of Happy Hill Academy and Farm (a school for the assistance of abused, neglected and abandoned children). A published author, she and her husband, Dallas cardiologist and professor of medicine Dr. F.A. Bashour, have endowed chairs and professorships at the University of Texas Health and Science Center in Dallas.