Bette Stead – A Life Worth Living (An Inside Bauer Story)

Every corner of Bette Stead’s home tells a story.

The framed wildlife photos are from her husband’s trips to Africa. The vintage purses represent her travels to Greenland, Korea and Europe as a member of the Melody Maids, a women’s chorus that performed for the military overseas during World War II.

The artifacts in shadow boxes are items found near her family’s vacation home in Brazoria County. The prints and paintings, including some originals given to her by the artists, indicate an appreciation of the arts and culture.

But, the real story is Stead herself. She is a living piece of the Bauer College history books — as a faculty member in the late 90s, she created the proposal for a capital campaign that led to the $40 million gift from Charles T. “Ted” Bauer in 2000 — and a key player in shaping the Houston business community through her work to establish the Federation of Houston Professional Women and the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable.

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