Lois Sager Foxhall Endowments

Jun 1, 2011 | EPS/EPF

The Lois Sager Foxhall Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Journalism was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 10, 2011, to benefit The University of Texas College of Communication. The endowment honors Mrs. Lois Sager Foxhall. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Nene E. Foxhall, Lois’ daughter. Lois Sager Foxhall was born in Memphis, Texas, in 1917. She grew up in Childress, Texas, and worked for the Childress Index newspaper before attending The University of Texas at Austin. She earned a BA in communications from the University in 1939.

After graduation Lois became the first woman foreign correspondent for a Texas newspaper. She covered the Nuremberg trials and United Nation sessions as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. It was a time when few women worked on such high-profile assignments. 

After World War II she studied modern history and international relations at Harvard University under a Nieman Fellowship, then worked a year in the Austin bureau of the Dallas Morning News.

Lois married Lewis Foxhall on October 31, 1949, in Dallas and moved to Memphis. For several years, she wrote freelance feature stories for the Dallas Morning News from Memphis. Lois Sager Foxhall died July 6, 1989.

That same year the Lois Foxhall Memorial Fund was established by gifts from Mrs. Winifred Small Jones, a friend of Lois’ during their student days. This endowment was established for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences on October 13, 1989.


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