Myrtle Wreath Society

Giving is one of life’s greatest joys, and inspired giving plans with the Museum create a legacy.

Formed in 2009 to honor friends who make plans for a legacy gift to benefit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Myrtle Wreath Society now numbers more than 350 members. Society members enjoy an invitation to an annual formal luncheon, invitations to exclusive programs, and recognition in selected publications. No dues or fees are necessary to participate in the Myrtle Wreath Society, but there is an enrollment process. Details regarding your future gift are not required. Complete an enrollment card or contact Julia Smith at or 713.353.1587 with any questions. Members of the Myrtle Wreath Society play a critical role in ensuring the Museum will remain a vital cultural asset by providing generous resources on which to draw far into the future.

Of the vast treasures in the MFAH collections, the exquisite Greek Myrtle Wreath, a gift of Miss Annette Finnegan in 1937, was carefully selected to represent the society and its members. In ancient Greece, victorious soldiers, athletes, and participants in festival processions wore wreaths fashioned from intertwined leaves. By the Hellenistic period (330–30 BC), the wreaths were made of gold foil; too fragile to be worn, they were created primarily to be buried with the dead as symbols of life’s victories. This exquisite gold wreath embodies the past, present, and future victories of all involved in the MFAH and crowns the heroic friends who comprise the Myrtle Wreath Society.

The official bequest language for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:
“I, [name] of [city, state, zip], give, devise, and bequeath to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005 [written amount or percentage of estate] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tax ID #74-1109655 

Myrtle Wreath

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Miss Annette Finnigan

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Myrtle Wreath Society Members

Anonymous (30)

Dr. and Mrs. George J. Abdo

Sandy and Russell Andorka

Diane Arnold and Bill Frazier

Lynne and John Averett

Audrey Jones Beck*

Margaret E. Biehl*

Rick Bihner

Dorothy B. Black*

Jack S. Blanton, Sr.*

Gay S. Block

Dr. Michael and Susan Bloome+

Michelle Bramblett

Jessie Carolyn Brown+* and Jack Harold Upton Brown+*

Leslie Q. Brown

Terry Ann Brown

Leslie and Brad Bucher+

Rusty Burnett

Douglas Burton and Christopher Ralston/Apartment Zero

Judi Burton

Hiram Butler

Rose Marie Byrne*

Dr. and Mrs. Craig Calvert

William T. Cannady and Angela H. Caughlin

Frank N. Carroll+

Bettie Cartwright

Elizabeth H. Caselli*

Duncan Wills Corbett

Dr. Joan K. Bruchas* and Mr. H. Philip Cowdin*

Fredricka Crain*

Mrs. Patricia S. Cunningham*

Michael W. Dale

Malcolm Daniel and Darryl Morrison

Daviee-Walters Family Trust

John Blodgett Davis+*

James J. Deegan+*

Leonora De Grasse*

Linnet F. Deily

Ms. Ellena Dickerson

Susan and David Diehl

Diana do Carmo

Mr. Stan Druck

Shirley S. Druggan

Mrs. Wayne B. Duddlesten

Jeaneane Booth Duncan+*

Deborah DeFord Dunkum+

John R. Eckel, Jr.*

Charles Emrich+

John Eymann

Marilyn Jane Fedder*

Linda K. Finger+*

Richard E. Fluhr and Rodolfo Hernandez, Jr.

Aggie Foster

H.J. (Joe) Foster*

Gregory Fourticq

Morgan Garwood*

Nancy Hart Glanville+*

Eileen B. Glaser

Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.+*

Clare Attwell Glassell+

Marc P. Gordon

Samuel F. Gorman+

Joyce Z. Greenberg

Valerie B. Greiner

Dr. Ellen R. Gritz

Nora Grossman*

Nancy P. Guinee

Jas A. Gundry+

Luis A. Gutierrez

Anne Overton Haass

Bruce Haass*

William C. Hauber*

Barbara* and Ernest Henley*

Carola Herrin and John Herrin*

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Hevrdejs

George S. Heyer, Jr.*

Marjorie G. Horning+*

Katherine and George Howe

Greg Ingram

Ira J. Jackson*

Virginia Hartle Jackson*

Dr. Lamar and Jane Jackson Charitable Remainder Trust+

Dodie and Richard S. Jackson

A. Clark Johnson+*

Dr. Blair Justice+* and Dr. Rita Justice+

James Ketelsen* and Kathryn Ketelsen

Mr. Jarrod S. Klawinsky

Andrius R. Kontrimas+

Mr. and Mrs. Vahid Kooros+

Mary Lynch Kurtz*

Ms. Margo Lamb*

Mr. William F. Lassiter*

Caroline Wiess Law*

Mark Lensky*

Phillip Leonian*

Richard D. Lester

Mary Susan Lewis*

Elsie Lieskovsky*

Victoria Lightman and Marshal Lightman*

Michael C. Linn+

Patricia G. Linn*

Eric R. Liston

Mrs. Cornelia Long+ and Mr. Meredith J. Long+*

Christopher H. Loo, M.D., Ph.D.

Susan Lorence

John Andrew MacMahon

Dean Maddalena and Jonathan Blackwood*

Mr. Michael D. Malbin+* and Mrs. Rosemary Malbin+

Mike and Mickey Marvins

Mrs. Frances P. Marzio+ and Dr. Peter C. Marzio+*

Lori Lynn and Marcel Mason+

June Mattingly*

Kate Hilton McConnico

Deirdre H. McKee

Kay McKeough

Will L. McLendon

Laura Sue H. McMurrey*

Allen D. McReynolds

Gary Mercer*

Melva and Richard Meronek

Patti and Michael Morgan

Sara and Bill Morgan

Joan Morgenstern

Mrs. S.I. Morris*

Charles Morse*

Celia and James Munisteri

Franci Neely

Carl A. Niendorff

Edward Oppenheimer, Jr.*

Maria C. Osorio

Dr. Bruce Patsner

Linda Tarpley Peterson

Mary Anne Holloman Phillips*

Mary Lawrence Porter+

Amy and Robert Poster

Amy M. Purvis 

Mr. Edward Randall III* and Mrs. Edward Randall III

Minnette Robinson+

Arthur D. Robson, Jr.+*

Shirley E. Rose

Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.

Diane and Ron Sandberg+

Linda A. Sarandrea

Anne-Louise Schaffer

Wanda Schaffner

Marc Schindler+

Donald R. Schlotterbeck*

Alice C. Simkins

Susan A. Simpson and Aldon W. Jenkins

William J. Sloughter*

Anita J. and William R. Snell

Charlotte H. Stafford+*

Levi Alvin Stark, Jr.+*

William F. Stern*

Catherine Stevenson

Carol Ann Straus*

Harold Jack Tausend, M.D.*

Charlene Quitter Thompson*

Merrianne Timko and Peter Lotz*

Gary Tinterow

Sandra L. Tirey and Jan R. van Lohuizen

Mrs. Fiona Toth and Dr. Robert S. Toth*

Ann G. Trammell+

Anne Wilkes Tucker+

Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer+

Dr. Carlos Vallbona*

Jana Vander Lee

Suneeta and Nanik Vaswani

Margaret Waisman, M.D.

Thomas Barry Walker*

Renée G. Wallace

Linda Rose Walls

Michael Weller

Dorothy S. and Robert D. Wells

Herbert C. Wells*

Lynne Werner

Jane Day Westerfield+*

Karen Wilkin and Don Clinton

Eleanor L. Williams

Isabel B. Wilson+*

Jeanie Kilroy Wilson+

Shari and Gary Winston

Diana and Gabriel Wisdom

Daisy S. Wong*

William Woodford*

John C. Wynne*

John L. Zipprich II

*gifts matured
+charter member
As of February 25, 2022