|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 16, 1997|
Daughter of James Philip Nash and M. Anne Thornton. Wife of Jerry Arch Bell.
Beverly Nash Bell, 71, a lifelong Austin resident and supporter of Seton Medical Center, died Tuesday at home after a long bout with cancer.
Bell was born at Seton in 1926, and all six of her children were born there. Seton remembers Bell most, though, for her work as a tireless fund-raiser, said Gene Attal, president of the Seton Fund.
"She was a very, gentle sweet woman, and she had a special interest in health care as a ministry to people," Attal said. "She wanted to make sure that when the people of Austin got sick, they had the latest technology, and that it was given to them in a very Christian way."
In 1977, Bell founded the Seton Development Board, which sponsors the hospital's annual fund- raising gala. In 1981, she became an original member of the Seton Fund Board of Trustees, which has raised more than $40 million for the hospital. She also helped found the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board in 1987 to cover health-care costs for the needy.
In 1973, Bell was named the first female member of the board of directors of Capital National Bank, now Texas Commerce Bank. Her father, James P. Nash, was founder and chairman of the board, which she joined after he stepped down. She served for 20 years.
"I think it's fair to say she just managed to pull it all off," said her son, Christopher Bell of Austin. "A lot of people will be surprised when they see how much she did in the community on top of raising six kids and 17 grandchildren. But the thing I remember growing up was that she was always there when I came home from school."
Beyond her hospital work, Bell spearheaded the 1985-86 fund-raising drive for St. Michael's Academy, bringing the first Catholic high school to Austin. She also was a member of the Junior League and founded Recording for the Blind, a program to put books on tape.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary's Cathedral, followed by burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
In addition to her son, Bell is survived by her husband, Jerry Arch Bell; three daughters, Mary Catherine Holt of Kerrville and Beverly Anne Patton and Sheila Jackson, both of San Antonio; two other sons, Jerry A. Bell Jr. of Houston and Philip Nash Bell of Corpus Christi; a sister, Catherine Teten of Austin; and 17 grandchildren.
- Austin American-Statesman
September 18, 1997
Jerry Arch Bell (1922 - 2011)
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Plot: Sec. F
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Record added: Apr 27, 2009
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