LIT Foundation Board Member Dr. Mattie L. Londow Retires

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LIT recognized retiring Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation board member, Dr. Mattie L. Londow.

Dr. Londow has dedicated her life to the service of fellow Texans. Her many noteworthy accomplishments as an educator and citizen are indeed worthy of special praise and recognition.

Dr. Londow’s commitment to academic excellence began early. She was named valedictorian of her graduating class at F. W. Gross High School in Victoria. After receiving her bachelor’s degree cum laude and her master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University, she went on to earn her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University, and has pursued further studies at The University of Texas at Austin and North Texas State University.

Dr. Londow began her long and fruitful career in education as a high school teacher. Since that time she has served in a remarkable variety of positions, including work at the elementary school level and as an associate professor and department head at the university level.

Her long list of achievements culminated in her taking on the job of principal at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in succession. This unusual distinction is an apt reflection of her formidable skills as an educator and administrator.

Since her retirement in 1988, she has continued to lend her wealth of knowledge and experience to educational initiatives, serving on Port Arthur Independent School District committees as well as acting as a mentor to young women in public housing.

Deeply committed to extending a helping hand to the less fortunate, she has also conducted a workshop on goal‑setting and self‑esteem for inner‑city youth and has completed training in teaching adult literacy as part of the Port Arthur Literacy Program.

A vital and valued member of the community, Dr. Londow has given freely of her time and talent to a number of civic bodies. In addition to her long‑standing membership in the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce she has served as a vice president of Garth House and of the Port Arthur City Council’s City Charter Change Committee. She has also been a director of the Port Arthur Historical Society.

Through the years Dr. Londow has drawn strength and sustenance from her association with First Christian Church, and the congregation there has benefited from her participation as worship leader, deaconess, and elder.

Mattie Londow has distinguished herself as an outstanding educator, a gifted administrator, and a valuable asset to her community. It is indeed fitting at this time that she be recognized for her many contributions to Lamar Institute of Technology students.