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Name: Perry, Marcella

Historical Note:

Marcella Ellen (née Donovan) Perry was born to James and Ellen Donovan in the Houston Heights in 1908. Her father, James, was the city attorney for the Heights prior to Houston’s annexing of the city in 1918. In 1950, Marcella was appointed to the board of directors of Reagan State Bank in Houston, but prior to that, she was a noted dancer. In 1922, she graduated from Heights High School and debuted in New York at Greenwich Village Follies. Marcella married Glenn A. Perry in 1930 and established a dancing studio in Houston where she taught various forms of dance to children and young adults.

In 1973, Marcella was appointed by Houston city council to serve as the city’s first female commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority. In that same year, Marcella was president of Heights Savings Association; board chairman of First Pasadena State Bank, and Almeda-Genoa Bank; director of Reagan State Bank. She also served on the board of regents for Texas Woman’s University and was politically active for much of her life. Marcella was also an active member of the American Bank Women’s Association and the American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission for Texas. In 1999, Marcella passed away from natural causes.

Note Author: Julia Taylor

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