Martha White Farris ’42
Martha White Farris ’42 passed away June 8 in Floydada. Martha graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1942, then worked as a teacher and later served as a member of the Floydada ISD School Board. Her interest in children’s reading programs led to her active support of the Floydada Library. She was honored with the Woman of Distinction Award in 1994 and was named Citizen of the Year by the Floydada Chamber of Commerce in 1999. Throughout her lifetime, Martha was a steadfast supporter of her alma mater: she served as Honorary Chair in the university’s Challenge Beyond 2000 capital and endowment campaign, and
she made generous gifts for many building projects on the campus. In 2006, UMHB conferred upon her its highest honor, the Honorary Doctor
of Humanities degree. In 2011, the university’s newest residence hall was
named Farris Hall, to recognize Martha’s generous support of the university throughout her lifetime. The new Student Union will include Farris Band Hall, in recognition of her most recent gift.