Pictured from left: Frances Davis Brougher, John S. Butler, and Cliff Vannoy at the chapter's 2006 Gumbeaux Dinner in Austin, TX.
Our Entering Freshmen Scholarship is named in honor of Frances Davis Brougher, a founding member of the Austin chapter who remained active until her death in 2007.
In 1996, the LSU Alumni Association named Frances Davis Brougher of Austin, Texas as one of six distinguished alumni to receive the LSU Services Award. The award was presented at the annual Hall of Distinction ceremonies on Friday, September 4, 7p.m., in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Bellmont Hotel.
Frances' work with the Austin Alumni Chapter earned her this recognition. She was very modest about receiving the award, saying "The way we look at it, it's recognition for our chapter for things we've done to help LSU. It's really a compliment to our chapter here in Austin." After her retirement from the Austin Independent School District, Frances was very active in the Austin Alumni Association and served as secretary, vice-president, and president.
Originally from Bethany, LA., Frances graduated from LSU in 1939 with a degree in education. While at LSU, she was very active in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. She also worked by playing piano for the physical education department during the folk, tap, and modern dance classes.
After graduating from LSU, she taught at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport for ten year. In 1949, she came to Texas for her master's degree in education and married her husband, Stephen, a fellow student in her graduate classes. She stayed in Austin, and taught physical education and social studies for 27 years. Before retiring, she was Dean of Girls at Lanier High School. She retired in 1979 after serving 38 years in education.
Besides being active in the Austin Alumni Chapter, Frances also enjoyed playing the accordion. She often entertained her fellow Tigers at chapter events by playing the LSU Fight Song, "Hey Fightin' Tigers".
Frances was a member of the LSU Alumni Association, National and Central Texas Accordion Association, RSVP volunteer for 23 years, The Longhorn Foundation at the University of Texas, Austin Retired Teacher’s Association, and numerous other social and service organizations. She passed away at the age 89 in Austin, Texas, on Monday, May 28, 2007.
In honor of her spirit and commitment to LSU Austin, the scholarship was re-named in her honor in 2015. Forever LSU!