For twenty years, Helen M. Douthitt taught American history at the University of Houston. Her generosity and benevolence forever will be appreciated by the Libraries. One of her final acts of generosity was to send a check to the University of Houston Libraries for a lifetime membership in the Friends of the Libraries.
Upon Ms. Douthitt's death in 1978, her friends and former colleagues raised money to start the Helen M. Douthitt Memorial Fund. The money from this endowment buys books on American history for the library's collection.