Ima Hogg (1882-1975) – Philanthropist
Ima Hogg, known as “The First Lady of Texas,” was an American philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts, and one of the most respected women in Texas during the 20th century. Hogg was an avid art collector who donated hundreds of pieces of artwork to Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts. She restored and refurbished several properties, including the Varner plantation and Bayou Bend. She later donated Bayou Bend to the Texas arts and historical institutions who maintain the facilities and collections today. In 1929, Hogg founded the Houston Child Guidance Center, which provides counseling for troubled children and their families. Through her brother’s will, she established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin. The Ima Hogg Foundation was the major beneficiary of her will, and it carries on her philanthropic work today. Several annual awards have been established in her name, honoring her efforts to preserve cultural heritage in Texas. We honor Ms. Hogg because she is clearly a Legacy Champ. If you want to be a Legacy Champ in your own special way, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P., for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.