Ella Mae Dalious
Longtime Midlander Ella Mae Dalious died November 13, 2005, at the age of 89. Her legacy lives on, though, through the generosity she has shown Midland College, and gifts that will benefit generations of students to come.
She worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation before her marriage to Jack Dalious. She had a business and accounting background and was an expert seamstress and gardener. She also enjoyed playing bridge.
Mr. Dalious was a native of Eastland, Texas, and attended the University of Texas, the University of Oklahoma and graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law. During World War II and the Korean War, he worked in military intelligence. Jack and Ella Mae Dalious married in Seattle, Washington and moved to Midland in 1961. Mr. Dalious was Division Attorney for Exxon Mid-Continent Division and served as a court-appointed attorney. After he retired at the age of 75, he served as a municipal court judge. Mr. Dalious loved golf, and he and Mrs. Dalious traveled extensively and particularly liked the Orient.
Mrs. Dalious established the Jack A. Dalious Memorial Scholarship to honor her husband, who died in 1996. This scholarship benefits academic programs and provides golf scholarships for students of high academic achievement.
A planned gift of more than $840,000 from the Dalious estate also benefited the Dr. Gregory Bartha Health Science Scholarship at Midland College. As Mrs. Dalious wished, the donation honored Dr. Bartha, a longtime Midland physician.
"The significance of the two gifts from the Dalious estate cannot be overstated," said Midland College President Dr. David Daniel, at the time the gift was announced. "Supporting the education of our students is our primary mission, and these gifts will benefit generations of students to come."