Mary Fae Kamm Honored by Dallas Baptist University with the Ruth Award

Mary Fae Kamm proudly holds her Ruth Award at DBU after receiving it December 8th. Molded by famed artist Helen Boehem, the Ruth Award was named after the Biblical hero because of the kindness and commitment she demonstrated to others. Photo by JUDY PORTER

Duncanville Resident Honored For Her Commitment to Community

Mary Fae Kamm, a beloved resident of Duncanville, was honored on December 8th at the annual Dallas Baptist University Ruth Awards Christmas Luncheon for her many years of work and commitment to the community.

DBU presents the distinguished Ruth Award to women who are committed in their dedication to God, family, others and Christian Education at Dallas Baptist. Molded by famed artist Helen Boehem, the Ruth award was selected because of the commitment demonstrated by the Biblical hero Ruth.

The Hillcrest Great Hall at Dallas Baptist University was standing room only at the Annual Ruth Awards Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 8th. DBU President Dr. Adam Wright presented the first of three awards to Duncanville’s Mary Fae Kamm to the delight of the crowd. Photo by JUDY PORTER

Dallas Baptist University Ruth Awards

Ruth is one of only two books in the Bible named after a woman and is considered an important book for two reasons: it shows the story kindness, love and restoration, and how God wants people to treat one another. Although she was widowed, Ruth looked after her dead husband’s mother and followed her home to Bethlehem to take care of her. She eventually remarries and becomes the great grandmother of King David.

The Ruth Awardees are recognized for their work and kindness in the community. Dr. Adam Wright, President of DBU, welcomed the full house at the sold-out event in the Hillcrest Great Hall in the Student Center. He welcomed the awardees individually, noting that each woman made a major contribution to the University in different ways.

Mary Fae Kamm is known for her time as director of the Museum of World Cultures, “A Center for Global Awareness and Understanding”. At the museum, she worked as an expert in the field, maintaining the artifacts and exhibits from around the world for guests to learn from and enjoy.

Her goal at The Museum of International Cultures was to provide a venue for opportunities to enhance the public’s understanding, involvement, and appreciation of contemporary world cultures through programs, seminars, and exhibits.

Kamm’s Career Touched Many Students Lives

Raised in Bonham and a graduate of Bonham High School, she studied Home Economics at Texas Christian University and did graduate studies in Women’s Issues at University of Maryland.

Her many years archival research, museum education, cultural heritage, and volunteer management helped the Museum of World Cultures to thrive. The Museum’s “Discovery Boxes” taught many students about different cultures through a simple concept: The Discovery Boxes compiled objects used by indigenous peoples around the world. Each box focused on a theme common to people everywhere, and corresponding curricula appropriate for multiple grade levels provide information and activities about the objects from an anthropological perspective. Guided activities help students ask important questions about their own and others’ lives.

Introduced by her daughter, Kay Kamm, Mary Fae’s acceptance speech of the Ruth Award was simple. “I’m so overwhelmed I really am speechless!” She thanked DBU for inviting her to the luncheon and said, “I really thought they had the wrong number when they called!”

Dr. Nancy McLaughlin with her husband at the Dec. 8th Ruth Awards at DBU. Dr. McLaughlin worked in DISD for years, finishing her time there as the Principal of Woodrow Wilson High School. Then she moved on to be a professor at Dallas Baptist University where she continues to teach. Photo by JUDY PORTER

Other Women Honored For Their Contributions

Two other outstanding women were honored at the event. Dr. Nancy McLaughlin was introduced by fellow DBU professor Dr. Gail Linam. She was honored for her years in both Public and private school, including principal at DISD’s Woodrow Wilson High School in east Dallas and many years as a faculty member at DBU.

Alex Wagner (center, in white) has become a vocal advocate for DBU. She has one son that graduated from the University and another attending. The wife of Pastor Todd Wagner, founder of Watermark Community Church, her husband introduced her and said his success was due to her dedication to him and their family. Photo by JUDY PORTER.

Alex Wagner, wife to Pastor Todd Wagner, founder of Watermark Community Church, was also honored for her relentless promotion of the college and her personal example as a mother and a Christian woman of faith. Her husband Todd introduced her and admitted his success in life was mainly due to her undying support. The two currently have a son at the University and another who graduated from DBU.

Jacque Delkus, Chairperson of the Ruth Awards Luncheon Committee, thanked her committee and the faculty and staff of DBU for making the campus so welcoming.

Any woman interested in promoting Dallas Baptist University can get more information on the DBU Women’s Auxiliary Board,  call Katy Taylor, Assistant at the Women’s Auxiliary Board 214-333-7239.

Dallas Baptist Sophomore Cora Hudgins was one of two students to thank the sold-out crowd for being generous in their donations to the school’s scholarship fund. A twin, she said the money donated made it possible for her to attend the University. With Cora and her brother both in college “that’s a lot for my parents to handle.” Photo by KATY TAYLOR, Assistant to the Executive Director of the Women’s Auxiliary Board.