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November 2013

A Legacy Gift to Power the Future

Alumna Katherine Wells Power has helped preserve the Frankford Church, located in the middle of North Dallas. The church is located on Frankford Road, where a small town used to exist.

Katherine Wells Power BS’81 has a passion for learning and educating, an appreciation of building legacies and a drive to preserve history. So it’s no surprise that she decided to include UT Dallas as a beneficiary in her will.

“The benefits of such a gift are long-ranging,” Power said. “I don’t think there’s any better way to help than giving to an institution like UT Dallas.”

Power’s commitment to UT Dallas is but one example of her practice of getting involved in causes to which she feels connected and finding ways to make an impact.

With deep familial roots in North Texas, Power is also drawn to preserving the past. Long involved with the Frankford Cemetery Association – a group responsible for maintaining a country church, pioneer cemetery and prairie meadow rooted in Far North Dallas – Power joined the association’s board of directors in 2008. During the recent restoration of the one-room church founded in 1897, Power said she realized the rarity and uniqueness of the 11-acre site. “When you’re there, you’re transported back in time,” Power said. “It’s North Texas of 100 years ago.”

The historic Frankford Church itself is no longer used for regular services. However, it is opened for special events, such as the annual candlelight service Christmas on the Prairie planned for Dec. 1. “The church has a quiet, simple elegance about it,” Power said.

For Power, involvement with the association evolved into another project and then another. During the restoration, native prairie grasses and flowers emerged on the surrounding land. And, most recently, the group uncovered Indian Springs, a natural spring that had been capped for nearly 100 years. “There’s nothing like this area in Dallas,” she said.

Power has also devoted countless hours to her clients and vocation. After graduating from UT Dallas with a degree from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Power settled into a job as a reading therapist, working one-on-one with individuals with serious reading challenges. Power didn’t intend to make this a career, but soon discovered a passion for the people and the work. The opportunity to purchase her employer’s business arose early in her vocation, and for more than 30 years, Power has been affecting lives through her private practice.

“The thing is, I still get excited when there’s a breakthrough,” Power said. “When you make a breakthrough with a student – of any age – and when the light shines through, there’s nothing like it.”

Power works with individuals with learning challenges. Although she’s reached a point where retirement is a consideration, Power claims she’s definitely not ready to retire, as her work is too important and gratifying.

By including the University in her estate plans, Power has committed to impacting and building legacies for years to come.

“I’m hopeful that in some small way I can play a role in helping future students get an education,” she said. “It’s a gift that will keep on giving.”

For information on gift planning, contact Anna LeBlanc at 972-883-6023 or visit utdallas.plannedgiving.org.

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