The Commerce Journal

May 1, 2008

Foundation receives $50,000 pledge


The Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation received a $50,000 pledge from Lowell H. Lebermann, a Commerce ISD alumnus who resides in Austin.

This gift is given to honor the memory of his parents, Dr. Lowell Lebermann and his wife, Sue, former Commerce residents. The pledge will be paid in three increments beginning in November 2008.

“It is particularly pleasant for me to make this contribution in the names of my father, Dr. Lowell Lebermann, and my mother, Sue Lebermann, because of their long-standing interest and involvement in Commerce. My dad owned and managed Lebermann Hospital from 1939 until his death in 1958. My mother continued to live in their Commerce home until she relocated in Austin.

“They had many good friends in Commerce and at the university (then East Texas State, now Texas A&M; University-Commerce). I am proud for their names to live on in a meaningful way in Commerce and for the benefits that this grant will provide”

Lebermann is the owner and chairman of the board of Centex Beverage, Inc., a multi-county wholesale distributor of Miller Brewing Company products and a wide assortment of imported malt beverages. He is a former board member of Valero Energy Corporation and was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Currently, Lebermann is vice chairman of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, trustee for the National Public Radio Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Aspen Music Festival and School. An extraordinarily active community volunteer, he serves or has served on numerous local and statewide boards including Envision Central Texas, the State Capitol Restoration Committee, Opportunity Austin and the Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Center. He is a former member of the University of Texas Board of Regents and served three consecutive terms on the Austin City Council.

“The Foundation is extremely fortunate to have a person of Lowell’s intense business acumen and knowledge of foundations to bestow this meaningful contribution in memory of his parents. This gift will have a lasting influence on the lives of Commerce ISD students,” stated Jack Pirkey, president of the Foundation.