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Caldwell Scholarship established at Lamar University

A new scholarship has been established in memory of the late Myra and Herbert Caldwell. The Myra Keen Caldwell and Herbert Kimbell Caldwell Scholarship will provide funds for students of all majors.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell were very interested in young people pursuing an education,” said Charles Locke, the Caldwells’ step grandson. “The Caldwells lived in Beaumont for many years, and what better place than Lamar University to find the future leaders of our country.”

Born in West Texas, Myra graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown. After graduation, she taught school and married Herbert. Herbert, known as H.K., was born in Central Texas near the town of Hubbard. Upon graduation from high school, he became an operator for Western Union.

The couple lived in Weatherford, Texas, where their daughter Helen Frances Caldwell was born. They later moved to Beaumont where Herbert worked for Magnolia Petroleum Co. Myra was active in community organizations, including First Methodist Church and the PTA at Giles Elementary School, where Helen attended.

In 1933, they moved to Junction, Texas, where Herbert took over the management of the family ranch. The couple was also active in the First Methodist Church in Junction. They remained in Junction for the rest of their lives. Herbert died in March 1971, and Myra died in September 1972. Their daughter, Helen Frances Caldwell Locke, a Southeast Texas media pioneer and longtime civic leader, died in December 2007.

For information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.