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Lee Holcomb Means ’47

Lee Holcomb Means ’47 passed away June 2 in Harlingen. After graduating from Mary Hardin-Baylor, she earned a MEd from Texas A&I University and completed graduate work at the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Austin. She served in many educational capacities as an elementary and special education teacher. She also served as a staff development facilitator, guidance center supervisor, assistant principal, and elementary school principal. She was a Harlingen Independent School District trustee member, where she held the positions of secretary, vice president, and president. She also served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlingen, United Way, Youth Leadership Harlingen, Family Emergency Assistance, Harlingen Literacy Center, Valley Baptist Foundation Board, and the Rio Grande Council of Boy Scouts. She was selected as Outstanding Principal by the Harlingen unit of Texas State Teachers Association, and was named Premier Principal by Texas PTA. She received the HOSTS Corporation’s highest award, The Betty Scharff Memorial Award for the Champion of Children. Lee was the first recipient of the Valley Morning Star’s Best Reader’s Choice Award for Best Principal and was named Educator of the Month by the Texas School Business. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a choir member for 49 years. Lee H. Means Elementary School in Harlingen was named after her in 2009.