Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory Endowment

Nov 3, 2016 | Excellence Funds & Program Support

The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory Endowment was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on November 3, 2016, to benefit the College of Natural Sciences.

The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (PPFCFL) is an extraordinary resource sponsored by the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in the School of Human Ecology in the College of Natural Sciences, serving the students, faculty and the greater community. Children from 18 months to 6 years old come to classes taught by department faculty, assisted by graduate and undergraduate students, who are mentored by these Master Teachers. Childhood development courses are available for parents and community childhood educators. The PPFCFL also serves as an invaluable research facility in human development and related fields.

Priscilla Pond Flawn’s importance to the communities of Austin and San Antonio cannot be overstated. She was a prodigiously generous philanthropist who inspired generosity in others. The wife of the late Peter Flawn, two-time president of UT Austin and founding president of UT San Antonio, Mrs. Flawn was for many years an educator of and advocate for young children.

Her dedication and energetic activism were honored in the establishment of The Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professorship in Child Development, The Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professorship in Early Childhood Education, the naming of the family laboratory, and this endowment.

Those who knew Mrs. Flawn understood how she would treasure any gift that made the world a better place. Over time, the College of Fine Arts recognized her love for UT Austin with a Regents Scholarship in organ or piano performance, an endowed scholarship in Music and one in Theatre & Dance. Dr. and Mrs. Flawn created endowments in the names of her daughters, the Tyrell E. Flawn Graduate Fellowship in Nutrition and the Laura Brooks Flawn, MD Endowment Fund.

Priscilla Pond Flawn was known as the first lady of The University of Texas at Austin, and the founding first lady of UT San Antonio, titles that were not simply honorary. She was a leader, tireless, openhearted and deeply devoted to the future of the many communities she served so well.

Revised on April 2018

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