The Melita Franzheim Memorial Book Fund was created by The Honorable Kenneth Franzheim in memory of his daughter in 1999. The Franzheim family has had a long and close relationship with Houston and UH. The Houston skyline of the 1920s to 1950s was dominated by the work of Franzheim's father, who was closely associated with the UH School of Architecture. Kenneth Franzheim II donated the one millionth volume to the M.D. Anderson Library. Barbara Franzheim, Melita's mother, donated Melita's extensive collection of books to the UH Special Collections Department.
Melita Franzheim was characterized by her family as a wonderfully intelligent and creative person. A gifted artist, her interests included Classical and Renaissance literature and painting, languages, and visual arts. She was a student of mosaic art and created numerous works in that medium.
The Melita Franzheim Book Fund will be used to purchase texts in the areas of literature, languages, art, and general humanities.