Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mrs. Rase and her husband, Dr. Howard Rase, opened the doors of Kirby Hall in 1976. A native of Fort Worth, Mrs. Rase graduated from Dana Hall Preparatory School and Wellesley College. She taught at the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, edited the West Side Post, and organized the Fort Worth Wellesley Club. She served four terms as president of the Austin Wellesley Club and was founding co-chairman of the Wellesley Children’s Art Show. Mrs. Rase served as the Wellesley Fund Director for the Texas-Louisiana District and organized the Eastern College Parents Committee. She helped organize the Laguna Gloria Women’s Art Guild and the first Laguna Gloria Fiesta. She also served as the first vice-president of Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Inc. and president of the Texas Fine Arts Association. Mrs. Rase was the leader of a Camp Fire group and was Program Director of Austin Area Camp Fire. She founded the Elizabet Ney Museum Guild and was its first president. Her community work has included serving on the Good Shepherd Altar Guild and, in 1970, a term as the president of Casis School PTA.
Since opening Kirby Hall School in 1976, her dedication to the school remains profound. She worked without salary until 1985, donated summers until 1996, and continues to be a significant donor. She served as secretary-treasurer on the Accreditation Commission Board of the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools and is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and other biographical volumes. She is the mother of two Kirby Hall graduates.