, Port Arthur, Texas


January 14, 2013

Dolores Fay Bruce

   Dolores Fay Bruce, 83, of

Little Rock died January

11, 2012. A memorial serv-

ice will be held at 2:00

P.M., Friday, January

18th, in the Lucy Lockett

Festival Theatre at Wild-

wood Park for the Arts,

20919 Denny Road, Little


   She was preceded in

death by her parents, Ev-

erett F. and Sally F. Mont-

gomery of Port Arthur,

Texas, and she is survived

by her husband Dr. Tho-

mas A. Bruce; by two chil-

dren: Thomas Karr Mont-

gomery Bruce of Niles,

Michigan, and Dana Fee

Thomas of Little Rock; by

four grandchildren: Bruce

Allen Thomas, Annah

Wendy Thomas, Christo-

pher Andrew Thomas, and

Amy Irene Bruce; and by

her sister, Anita Higgin-

botham of Columbus,


   She was born in Merry-

ville, Louisiana, but grew

up in Port Arthur, Texas

where she graduated from

Thomas Jefferson High

School. She attended La-

mar Junior College, North

Texas State University,

and was certified in medi-

cal technology at the Uni-

versity of Texas Medical

Branch in Galveston. For

two years she worked in

the clinical laboratories

there before moving to em-

ployment in the Univer-

sity of Oklahoma Hospital

and later to the Texas

Children’s Hospital clini-

cal lab in Houston. In

1955 she moved to Dallas

to work at Parkland Me-

morial Hospital and was

serving as research tech-

nologist in the Depart-

ment of Obstetrics, Uni-

versity of Texas South-

western Medical School,

when she met her future

husband who was a car-

diopulmonary fellow there.

After marriage in 1960 the

couple moved for a year to

London, England, where

she served as a research

technician at the Central

Middlesex Hospital while

Dr. Bruce trained as a car-

diac research fellow at the

Royal Postgraduate Medi-

cal School. On return to

America they lived for

seven years in Detroit

where her husband was on

the faculty of Wayne State

University. Their two chil-

dren were born there, and

Mrs. Bruce worked in the

Detroit Blood Bank. In

1968 the family moved to

Oklahoma City where Dr.

Bruce became the Head of

Cardiology at the Univer-

sity of Oklahoma and Mrs.

Bruce because a licensed

real estate agent.

   In 1974 she moved to

Little Rock when Dr.

Bruce became the dean of

the University of Arkan-

sas Medical School. Mrs.

Bruce became deeply in-

volved in the Faculty

Wives Cub, the Winfield

Methodist Chancel Choir,

and the Arkansas Opera

Theatre. She immersed

herself in support for the

public schools and was

president of the Hall High

School PTA. When in 1985

Dr. Bruce was appointed

the Program Director at

the W.K. Kellogg Founda-

tion in recognition of his

national leadership in ru-

ral health, the family

moved to Battle Creek,

Michigan. During their 10

years there, Mrs. Bruce

served on the Community

Hospital Auxiliary and on

the Battle Creek Sym-

phony Board where she

was president of the Sym-

phony Guild.

   After returning to Little

Rock in 2005, Ms. Bruce

served for three years on

the Little Rock Arts and

Culture Commission and

has been continuously on

the Board of Directors of

Wildwood Parks for the

Arts where the ‘Dodi Tea

House’ is named in her

honor. She is a member of

the St. James United

Methodist Church.

   Over the past few years

she has received a number

of honors and awards: the

Special Appreciation

Award and the Janet

Pearcy Ambassador

Award from Wildwood

Park, the Double Helix

Award from UAMS, the

Spirit of Central High

Award from Little Rock

Central High School Mu-

seum, the Giving Tree So-

ciety award of the Arkan-

sas Community Founda-

tion, Care Link’s David

Pryor Award for Commu-

nity Service, and the

President’s Award as Phi-

lanthropist of the Year by

the Arkansas Chapter of

the American Society of

Professional Fundraisers.

   In lieu of flowers, memo-

rials may be made to the

Dolores Bruce Memorial

Fund at the Arkansas

Community Foundation,

1400 W. Markham St.,

Little Rock 72201.

   Arrangements made by

Roller Chenal Funeral

Home, 13801 Chenal

Parkway, Little Rock, AR

72211.   (501) 224-8300

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