1993 – Houston, Texas
“I’m impressed with the Northwood philosophy of developing the whole person,” says Barbara Hurwitz. She exemplifies how moral concern, determination and a proactive spirit can lead to positive changes in today’s world. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she taught elementary school before moving to Houston in 1967. Her concern for children led to further study, and, in 1988, she received her master’s of education from the University of St. Thomas. Although she is active in a number of organizations, the Orton Dyslexia Society, the Friends of Hermann Park and the University of St. Thomas are presently her main focus. She has served on both the local and national boards of the Orton Dyslexia Society and as vice president of the local chapter. She is a vice president of the Friends of Hermann Park and chairs the capital campaign to fund the renovation of the park, Houston’s most historic urban greenspace. A successful campaign will make this one of the nation’s premier city parks. Among her many honors, Mrs. Hurwitz has been named to the Houston Chronicle’s Best Dressed Hall of Fame and was twice honored as The Houston Post’s Ten Women of Distinction. She is married to Charles Hurwitz, head of MAXXAM Inc., a diversified corporation, and is the mother of two sons, both of whom hold advanced degrees in business.