TJC alumni board member Margaret Loftis dies

Mar 23, 2011 by

TJC Alumni Association board member Margaret Loftis passed away May 22.

An innovative educator, Mrs. Loftis established the first Learning Resource Center concept for the Tyler public school system at Moore Middle School in 1956. In 1976, she became a full-time volunteer for her community, church and colleges.

She served in many key volunteer capacities over the years, including president of Tyler Sister Cities and co-chair of Tyler’s Day of Prayer, and was a member of the TJC Alumni Board of Directors and advisory board. She was named an Honorary Apache Belle in 2002 and was the alumni association’s Special Recognition Award recipient in 2006. She had been working on gathering memorabilia for TJC’s upcoming 85th anniversary celebration.

She shared 57 years of marriage with her childhood sweetheart and husband, Judge Harry Loftis, who passed away in 2003. Mr. Loftis served on the TJC Board of Trustees for 30 years. The Loftises were active in Marvin United Methodist Church.



Alumni, News, Spring 2011

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