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Virginia Chandler Dykes

Virginia Chandler Dykes

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Award namesake, Virginia Chandler Dykes, is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy.  Locally, she is known for her leadership in many cultural and charitable organizations.  She is also well known for her leadership in organizations such as The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Arboretum’s Women’s Council and the Fort Worth Opera, to name a few.  In 2005 she was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents, where she served until 2011. 

Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at TWU in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University.  She was the director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years.  Mrs. Dykes developed and supervised the occupational and recreational therapy programs at Baylor in rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders and hand splinting.

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award was established in 2002 by Virginia and her late husband, Roland Dykes, for Texas Woman’s University and is given annually to Dallas residents who represent the caring commitment and leadership she exemplifies by improving our community.  In addition to establishing the The Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship fund at TWU, she also helped to establish the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU, which has grown to be one of the premier continuing education offerings in Texas. 

About the Award

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award was established in 2002 and is given annually to Dallas residents who represent the caring, commitment and leadership Mrs. Dykes exemplifies.

TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart says the award recipients are noted for their local involvement. "Texas Woman's University is proud to honor Dallasites for their commitment to building a better and stronger community," she said. "They lead by example and demonstrate we all can make a difference."

 

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