The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001

A Wholesome Life: Ima Hogg's Vision
for Mental Health Care
KATE S. KIRKLAND*
HOUSTON'S CIVIC LEADERSHIP GATHERED ON THE EVENING OF MARCH
10, 1955, to recognize a woman whose philanthropic career
already spanned five decades and would continue unabated for two
more. Ima Hogg, then seventy-three, rose to thank guests of the
National Conference of Christians and Jews with a gracious modesty
often noted by her contemporaries. "Amongst many dreams, I never
dreamed of this!" she exclaimed. Her voice clear and firm, Hogg
admonished her fellow citizens to "seize the opportunities emerging
which will create the vision of a splendid new world" and address "com-
plex social problems which exist in our city." In closing, she revealed a
well-known determination: "What we desire, believe, and pursue, make
no mistake, that shall we have."'
Hogg had repeatedly demonstrated an ability to turn dreams for her
community into brick-and-mortar reality by bringing people together
to build "important civic enterprise [s] in her city or in the state."2 She
urged fellow music lovers to found the Houston Symphony Society in
1913 and twice served as the group's president (1917-1921 and
1946-1956). On April 23, 1929, she called the first meeting of the
Houston Child Guidance Clinic and remained an active member of its
board until her death forty-six years later. In 1939 she and her brother
Michael (Mike) announced formation of the Hogg Foundation for
Mental Hygiene, a gift to the University of Texas from the estate of
* Kate S. Kirkland is a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University. Her dissertation will examine phil-
anthropic leadership and the creation of community in Houston, Texas.
' Remarks, Mar. 10, 1955, sixth annual Brotherhood Dinner sponsored by the National
Conference of Christians and Jews, in 3B166, folder i, Hogg (Ima) Papers (Center for American
History, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex.). Ima Hogg Papers hereafter abbreviated
IHP.
2 Robert Sutherland to Mrs. LeRoy Clark, Garden Club of America Amy Angell Collier
Montague Medal Award Chairman, Dec. 21, 1954, letter, MAI9/U1, folder 13, UT Hogg
Foundation of Mental Health Records (Center for American History, University of Texas at
Austin, Austin, Tex.). Hogg Foundation records hereafter abbreviated HFR.
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