This collection contains materials related to Marcella Perry's work as a banker and politician between 1945 and 1985. The contents are broken up into two series: News, Events, and Correspondence; and Photos, Scanned Documents, and Scrapbooks. The sequencing is chronological and maintains the original structure created by Marcella and her family as closely as possible.
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Marcella Ellen (née Donovan) Perry was born to James and Ellen Donovan in the Houston Heights in 1908. Her father, James, was the city attorney for the Heights prior to Houston's annexing of the city in 1918. In 1950, Marcella was appointed to the board of directors of Reagan State Bank in Houston, but prior to that, she was a noted dancer. In 1922, she graduated from Heights High School and debuted in New York at Greenwich Village Follies. Marcella married Glenn A. Perry in 1930 and established a dancing studio in Houston where she taught various forms of dance to children and young adults.
In 1973, Marcella was appointed by Houston city council to serve as the city's first female commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority. In that same year, Marcella was president of Heights Savings Association; board chairman of First Pasadena State Bank, and Almeda-Genoa Bank; director of Reagan State Bank. She also served on the board of regents for Texas Woman's University and was politically active for much of her life. Marcella was also an active member of the American Bank Women's Association and the American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission for Texas. In 1999, Marcella passed away from natural causes.
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Marcella Perry Papers. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting. See the Citing Special Collections Materials page for more information. https://findingaids.lib.uh.edu/repositories/2/resources/13 Accessed November 14, 2019.