Mrs. Beverly Rase (1928-2017) and her husband, University of Texas professor Howard Rase (1921-2014) opened the doors of Kirby Hall in 1976. A native of Fort Worth, Mrs. Rase graduated from Dana Hall Preparatory School and Wellesley College. A civic leader, she served as president of the Casis Elementary School PTA, secretary-treasurer of the Accreditation Commission Board of the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools, vice president of Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Inc., president of the Texas Fine Arts Association, program director of Austin Area Camp Fire, and many other community roles, including serving on the altar guild of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Her dedication to Kirby Hall School remained profound throughout her life, reflected in her leadership as chairman of the board for forty years. Her two children are Kirby Hall graduates and members of the Board of Directors.