Community Honoree - Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist

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Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist, President of Liz Ghrist & Associates Inc., has been a pioneer in the areas of community service and business for many decades. Her tireless civic and volunteer efforts have made her a pillar of strength, integrity and leadership to those around her.

Mrs. Ghrist has been a volunteer and board member for the American Red Cross since 1975, serving as Chair of the Board from July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1989. During her time as Chair, she led and oversaw the development of the Greater Houston area Red Cross building—the site of multiple Red Cross services including disaster response, first aid and CPR.

Growing up as a child of the depression in San Antonio, Mrs. Ghrist developed an ardent desire to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Her inspiring vision and dedication propelled her to serve both as a leader and a friend on several distinguished committees. She held the position of vice-chair for the Women’s Organizations Advisory Committee, the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the Host Committee for the Republican National Convention. Beyond these organizations and the Red Cross, she has faithfully supported the United Way, the Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Partnership. Mrs. Ghrist has remained active in the city and served on a number of boards including the Houston Advanced Research Center, Entex Inc., Chase Bank of Texas and the Texas Medical Center. She served as a trustee of Hermann Hospital and a regent of the University of Houston. She is a former Harris County commissioner. Her honors include: the Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service, International Red Cross; Governor’s Humanitarian Award for Volunteerism; Citizen of the Year, West Houston Chamber of Commerce; Who’s Who in America 1992; Volunteer of the Year, National Society of Fund Raising Executives and Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Ghrist holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas, a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Houston. She has four children, 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.