Letter from the Chair

Welcome,

In July 2013 Dee’s family, under the leadership of Dee’s daughter Dee Ann Bridges and I, established The Dee Howard Foundation Donor Advised Fund at the San Antonio Area Foundation, “…to preserve and build on the legacies of Dee Howard, Ed Swearingen, and other San Antonio aviation pioneers by improving access to and the quality of education, technical skills training, and employment opportunities in the San Antonio Region and continuing the legacy of innovative technological leadership in the global aviation and aerospace markets.”

Between July 2013 and December 2021, in collaboration with our community partners, we launched numerous initiatives to implement that vision with a common theme among them, i.e. to focus primarily on Pre-K thru 12 underserved students and to use aviation and aerospace to engage those students in the STEAM curriculum. All of our programing was tied to this overarching theme with the leading education initiative being the DHF Pre-K thru 12 Aeronautical STEM Initiative to develop curriculum and programming which would be integrated as part of the student’s daily curriculum during the school day. All of the initiatives launched to date were and will continue to be under the umbrella of and led by The Dee Howard Foundation (DHF) but more work remains to be done.

To help support the work of The Dee Howard Foundation (DHF) and the initiatives we have launched over the last eight years Dee Ann Bridges and I have established the Dee Howard International Education Foundation (DHEDF) at the San Antonio Area Foundation. In addition to the support of DHF and its Initiatives, DHEDF will focus on (a) sharing the lessons learned with a broader national constituency, (b) the launch of a Pre-K thru 12 Automotive STEM Initiative, and (c) the use of the Dee Howard Memorabilia as a catalyst to preserve the storied history of aviation and aerospace in the San Antonio Region.

So the work continues. We invite you to continue to support The Dee Howard Foundation and all of its Initiatives as well as the new initiatives undertaken by Dee Howard International Education Foundation.

Wayne I. Fagan

Chair, Dee Howard International Education Foundation

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