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A Guide to the Ray Pearl Bloebaum Papers, 1919, 1957-1984, undated
Ray Pearl Holder Bloebaum was born on February 5, 1914, in McGregor, Texas, the daughter of Ray W. Holder, a teacher and coach, and Pearl Burnett Holder, who had been a housemother at a military academy during World War II. The family moved to Lancaster, Texas, in the 1920s, where Ray Holder became mayor and served two terms in the Texas legislature. The Holders owned and operated the Lancaster Printing Company and published the weekly Lancaster Herald.
Ray Pearl graduated from Lancaster High School in 1931 as valedictorian of her class and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and to work in the office of Comptroller Robert Calvert. There she met and married Alan Parker, who went on to become a math teacher and school principal. Ray Pearl worked as the principal's secretary at Bryker Woods Elementary School in Austin and as secretary for the University Baptist Church. In 1963, Alan became southwest regional director of the Planned Parenthood Federation and Ray Pearl became his executive secretary. They worked together for 13 years and retired in 1976. The couple had two sons, Alan Paul and David Ray.
After Alan's death, Ray Pearl became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She lobbied the legislature for the American Association of Retired Persons and served on the Texas Board for Nursing Home Accreditation. She remained loyal to her family and to the University of Texas, and died in March, 2003.
Dr. Alan Paul Bloebaum earned his BA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1963 and studied at the UT Medical Branch in Galveston. He received a PhD from New Mexico State University in 1972 and served as professor of biology at Angelo State University. He is a life member of the UT Ex-Students's Association.
Tom Green County, Texas, Obituaries - San Angelo Standard-Times, March 1-8, 2003.
The Alcalde, January 1985
The Ray Pearl Bloebaum Papers, 1919, 1957-1984, and undated, include Alan Paul Bloebaum's class notes from his time as a student at The University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas catalogs and publications, and memorabilia and articles relating to Texas Longhorn athletics. Also found in the collection is a small amount of printed material relating to the history of Lancaster, Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
Ray Pearl Bloebaum Papers, 1919, 1957-1984, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, March 2016