Lisa Anne Lockhart, born October 4, 1949, a gentle soul and enthusiastic Longhorn fan, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2021. Lisa was in the company and comfort of close friends. She was surrounded by fresh flowers, books and messages that brought her so much joy. Born to Thomas and Thelma Lockhart, Lisa moved several times during her youth before settling in Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1972. Transplanted with Austinitis, she found a home at the University of Texas where she worked for 37 years.
Lisa was an admissions counselor who touched the lives of many thousands of students during her career at the University. Lisa always took the time to pay personal attention to the particular qualities, needs and aspirations of the students who came to her. As an admissions counselor, Lisa had a knack for recognizing prospective students with unique potential who would enhance UT’s student body.
Taking on the role of “mother away from home”, Lisa was a passionate mentor to hundreds of students she recruited to work in the admissions office arranging campus tours for future Longhorns. Lisa maintained close relationships with her students long after many left Texas for careers around the world. During her 37 years of welcoming students into her UT family, she has formed lasting relationships that will continue for many years and across generations. These alumni are proud to carry on his legacy.
As a friend, Lisa was kind and generous, always arriving with a little gift to treat herself. She always had special treasures to share, often arriving with a polished stone in the shape of a heart from Nature’s Treasures or a book that she thought would capture someone’s interest. Without fail, Lisa arrived with a smile, a story and an opinion.
The Harry Ransom Center (HRC) filled Lisa’s endless curiosity and brought her so much inspiration and fun. Lisa had an inquisitive mind and a devoted passion for the humanities. The Harry Ransom Center allowed her to travel outside the pages of the many books she read. A book collector herself, she found solace in history, preservation and the art of discovery. Lisa’s passion and commitment to UT, its students, and HRC will live on as her legacy, where she will be honored with an endowment in her name. This endowment will support access to experiential learning opportunities for students in perpetuity. In honor of his brother, this legacy also supports HRC’s ability to be accessible to visitors with special needs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Lisa’s Endowment.
Her family and friends are grateful for the many ways she has touched and influenced their lives. Predeceased by two brothers and loving parents, Lisa is survived by her brother R. Bruce Lockhart and thousands of friends and colleagues who will always remember her.
A memorial service will be held at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus on April 23, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those who knew Lisa are invited to join us for a celebration of her life.
Please visit the Cook-Walden Funeral Home website at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/austin-tx/lisa-lockhart-10425540
to share fond memories of Lisa
Posted on March 27, 2022
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