2001 – Dallas, Texas
Yvonne Crum’s indefatigable nature and boundless energy make her a favorite among many non-profit organizations in Dallas. She has chaired most of the city’s major events and served on many boards. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in sociology and psychology, Yvonne set out to save the world. Having come from a broken home and mostly raising herself, she looked to teachers for her role models. However, perhaps relating too closely to some situations, Yvonne learned early on that she was not cut out to be a social worker as an occupation, but great at volunteering to help in any way she could. She joined Braniff Airlines in 1964 and loved the job, which carried her to places that she’d never been and gave her the opportunity to do the things she wanted to do for her community. She is “still in the airline business”, having held positions as flight attendant, in-flight supervisor and flight attendant recruiter, but always going back to the air. Yvonne is a member of the Flight Attendants Hall of Fame. Mrs. Crum has been involved with Northwood University since the early 70s as a parent, a member of the Dallas chapter of the National Women’s Board and as the co-chair of the Dallas chapter (2001-02) and member of the Texas campus Board of Governors. The free enterprise system that establishes “no barriers for independent thinkers” attracted Yvonne to Northwood and is a way of life for her. Yvonne has served on the boards of many organizations including KidneyTexas, whose annual fundraiser she has chaired, Leukemia Society of America, Dallas Summer Musicals, American Heart Association, Nexus Recovery Center, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few. Yvonne is married to Mayo P. Crum, Jr. and has a son Michael, who lives in Long Beach, California. Her son, Paul, who graduated from Northwood in 1995, tragically was killed in an automobile accident in 1997. Yvonne’s dedication to Northwood University knows no bounds.