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EWTG Luncheon Announcement - June 27, 2012
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EWTG June 27, 2012 LUNCHEON
WILHELMINA DELCO
“LEADER, LEGISLATOR, EDUCATOR"
 
 
 
 
By: Denice Bettencourt

A string of firsts usually comes after Wilhelmina Delco’s name: the first African American elected to public office in Austin, the first African American elected to the Texas House from Travis County and quite possibly (although we’re not certain) the first African-American woman to appear in a swimsuit on a magazine cover at the age of 80. In the sunny living room of the home she and her husband, Dr. Exalton Alfonso Delco, Jr., have shared on Astor Place since moving to Austin in 1957, the former legislator and lifetime education activist trotted down memory lane, pausing from time to time to smile or frown or hammer home a point. It’s been an eventful journey of highs, lows and passionate activism. “My husband says I have a built-in radar for non-paying jobs,” Delco said, perched near tables covered with awards, photos and memorabilia from a life of public service and family dedication.
Education has been her life-long passion and one that has driven her political career. With strong encouragement from Ann Richards and others, Delco served one term on the School Board and then launched a successful campaign for the Texas House in District 50, making her the first African American elected to the Legislature from Travis County. She served from 1974 to 1995 and chaired the House Higher Education Committee until she was appointed Speaker Pro Tempore in ’91.
A founding member of the Austin Community College Board (“I just love community colleges. They’re flexible and everyone can benefit”), Delco remains a strong voice for education and has been awarded 10 honorary doctoral degrees. She chaired the Board of Trustees at Huston-Tillotson University and serves as an adjunct professor in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas.

Ms. Delco is in her eighties. Although she learned to swim only a few years ago, she laps the YMCA’s East Communities Pool an hour every day (hence the swimsuit photo of her on the cover of Austin Woman in 2009) for both fitness and fun. Ms. Delco and her husband love cruises and have traveled the world by boat and plane. 
 
If you would like to join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program, register here.  The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street (ample free parking off Nueces). Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The program starts at noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests.

 

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