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Philanthropist Teresa Lozano Long, an Austin philanthropist whose legacy includes over $150 million in donations and leadership to the Austin community, died at age 92 on Sunday evening.


Long and her husband Joe Long were both small town Texans who have received the Texas Medal of the Arts for their philanthropy, given millions to Hispanic students looking to attend the University of Texas through the Long Foundation, and contributed greatly to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio through the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.

From humble beginnings in South Texas, Teresa Long was a dairy farmer's daughter who was the valedictorian at Premont High School in 1945. Teresa and Joe met in nearby Alice, Texas, and the couple always knew that they would help fellow Texans if they made enough money.

Teresa Long graduated with a doctorate in physical education in 1965 and since contributed $10 million to the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the university.

The Long name lives on in the greater Austin area thanks to the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Lady Bird Lake, of which they gave over $20 million in condributions.

Long's legacy transcends he Austin area. For her gifts to the city and state, Long was appointed to the council that oversees the National Endowment of the Arts in 2002. Teresa was also inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2010, and most recently, Long was presented the highly-regarded National Humanities Medal by President Donald Trump in late 2019.

Many UT affiliates and state leaders have since given their regards to Long upon her passing, including Austin mayor Steve Adler, who said she was Austin "royalty" who opened doors for many.

"Teresa Lozano Long, and her husband Joe, opened doors to worlds that would otherwise have been unavailable to so many," Adler said in a tweet. "I close my eyes and can feel the warmth that would come with her smile and support. Austin has lost one of its royalty."

No memorial services have been announced.

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