College of Liberal Arts

Philanthropist and Longtime Supporter of Liberal Arts, Abbie Madden, Dies at age 82

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas - Alma Faye “Abbie” Madden, College of Liberal Arts alumna and longtime supporter of The University of Texas at Austin, died Sunday, Aug. 26. She was 82 years old.

Madden served on several boards for The University of Texas at Austin and endowed a professorship in the College of Liberal Arts. She also supported education and civic endeavors in Amarillo.

While attending The University of Texas at Austin, Madden met her husband, Wales Hendrix Madden, Jr. who was student body president in 1951.  Wales Madden is a former regent, member of the Men’s Athletic Council and a 44-year member of the UT Law School Foundation. He is a recipient of the Santa Rita Award, the highest award given to an alumnus in the University of Texas system.

“As a partner to Wales for more than 65 years, Abbie Madden was a steadfast presence in the life of The University of Texas, said President Bill Powers. “Her and Wales’ contributions to their alma mater have been significant in a multitude of areas, from the Law School and Liberal Arts to the Texas Exes, athletics and Social Work. We will miss her warmth and generosity greatly.”

Among her many contributions to higher education, Abbie Madden endowed a scholarship at West Texas A&M University in visual arts and devoted efforts to advancing Amarillo College. She served as president of the Amarillo Junior League for four years.

A proud supporter of fine arts, Abbie Madden painted more than 150 oil, charcoal, and watercolor paintings for friends and charities. Her most treasured painting, "The Wedding Feast at Canaan," is currently displayed in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo.

For more about Madden’s life and work, visit her memorial page. Go to this website to sign the online guestbook.

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