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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Papers

Identifier: 1998-010

The Elizabeth Rockwell Papers contains materials from Rockwell's career in retirement planning at Heights Savings & Loan and Oppenheimer, as well as her philanthropic partnership with the University of Houston and other Houston area organizations. These materials include correspondence, speeches, presentations, and articles written by Rockwell, documentation of her charitable giving, including proposals, planning, budgets, reports, agreements, and programming, awards and recognition, publicity and press, administrative and legislative documents, photographs, and realia. The Rockwell Papers also contain personal and family materials, a small collection on the 1900 Galveston hurricane, and transcripts of interviews with Rockwell about her memories and discussion of materials in this collection.


  • 1840-2011


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78 linear feet

Biographical Information

Elizabeth Dennis Rockwell was born in Houston, Texas on May 19, 1921 and was a lifelong Houston resident. She attended River Oaks Elementary School and she was in Lamar High School’s first graduating class. She also attended both the University of Houston and Rice University, where she took accounting and business courses before entering the workforce in the energy industry. In 1967, she took a position at Heights Savings & Loan Association. She became well-versed in Keogh Retirement Plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Rockwell gave many presentations about them during her tenure at Heights Savings & Loan, including testifying before Congress. In 1982, she began working at Oppenheimer’s Investment Planning Group, partnering with John Phillips and Charles Fahy. Throughout her career, Rockwell gave presentations in Houston and around the U.S. on retirement and tax planning. She also wrote on finance for various publications, and was a regular contributor to the 50 Plus supplement of the Houston Chronicle. She continued to work at Oppenheimer as an investment, estate, retirement, and tax planning expert until her retirement in 2001.

Rockwell was active in many Houston-area organizations and was a long-time contributor to the University of Houston. She was the underwriter for the Discover UH lecture series and helped to establish the Rockwell Career Center at the C. T. Bauer College of Business. Multiple campus locations are named for Rockwell, including the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the M. D. Anderson Library and the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership. She also endowed Chairs for the Deans of the M. D. Anderson Library, the College of Education, and the Cullen College of Engineering. She was the recipient of several awards and much recognition for her involvement with the University of Houston and her other philanthropic endeavors, such as an honorary doctorate from the University of Houston, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the C. T. Bauer College of Business, a commendation from Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown, and the Jesse H. Jones Award from the American Red Cross. Elizabeth D. Rockwell died in Houston on January 28, 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were accessioned by Special Collections in 1998.

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Papers
Katy Allred
February 2022
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Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA