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Scholarship endowments honor couple's life and legacy

Doreen and Ray Armstrong believed in the power of education and working hard. They worked, saved, and sacrificed to ensure their own three children could earn college degrees. They also created a planned gift via a charitable remainder trust to establish two new scholarship endowments at Texas Woman's University — the Doreen and Ray Armstrong Scholarship Endowment in Music and the Doreen and Ray Armstrong Scholarship Endowment in Business.

A native of Houston, Olivia “Doreen” Dunlop Armstrong graduated in 1949 and credited her college years as a transformational time in her life. She was a lifelong member of the Houston Alumni Chapter, which she served as a class agent and also helped establish a chapter scholarship. Born into a family with a love of music, she studied piano from the age of 6 and learned to play the organ at TWU. Her ministry was serving as organist at Faith Presbyterian Church for the last 40 years of her life.

Ray Miller Armstrong was a graduate of Houston Business College and later attended the University of Houston. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. The couple met while working at Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery. Besides service to her church and Texas Woman’s, Doreen also was a leader in the Shell Retirees Club. The couple was married for 48 years until Ray passed away in 2001. Doreen passed away in January 2021.

The TWU Foundation is honored to have these two named scholarship endowments created in honor of the life and legacy of the Armstrongs.