At a dinner almost 20 years ago, Beatrice “Bea” and Ray Wallace met Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman. Sometime before dessert, Dr. Chapman shared with them her vision for advancing brain health.
As Ms. Wallace remembers, it was an ambitious plan. “I was so intrigued that she would take on such a big health care issue. That she would be exploring brain health, a part of the body that had been overlooked for years, was intriguing to me,” said Ms. Wallace.
Inspired by the pioneering research and new technologies aimed at advancing the science, Ms. Wallace says brain health is one of the last frontiers in medicine. “It’s a fascinating area and one that deserves support,” said Ms. Wallace.
Through the years, Bea Wallace and her late husband Ray joined other private donors to help turn Dr. Chapman’s vision into a reality. As their friendship developed into partnership, the Wallaces’ philanthropy has become concrete – and glass.
“We’re grateful for their support in funding of the new MRI reception area at the Brain Performance Institute,” Dr. Chapman said. “I feel there’s a kindred spirit between us. Bea likes things that are women leading – pushing the edge.”
The subject of a 2008 book entitled A Renaissance Woman, Ms. Wallace grew
up on an Oklahoma ranch during the Great Depression, and later attended the University of Oklahoma. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first woman to chair the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the first woman to serve on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Today, Ms. Wallace is still ranching and actively supporting a variety of artistic and scienti c e orts, including the advancement of brain health. Referring to the rapid growth of research initiatives at the Center for Brain Health, she commented,
“I’m so glad we went to that dinner years ago.”