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|Martha Jane Anderson: Giving life, receiving the joy of friendship|
Brother of Jan Bagwell Johnston and son of Pat Bagwell, Norman Bagwell, formerly of Monroe, is the current Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Texas, Foundation Board Member of the Baylor Health Care system and a successful recipient of a kidney transplant from surprisingly the closest match, his wife, Robin Bradshaw Bagwell, also of Dallas. When he learned that Robin was the closest blood and tissue match, he said "no! I cannot put my wife at risk."
Robin responded that she had done the research and Norm better get in line fast because she was going to give her kidney to help someone. Norm was instrumental in getting one of the largest gifts of $20 million from Annette and Harold Simmons to further the opportunity for transplantation and leave a legacy of hope to more patients. Interestingly, The Baylor Health Care System, recipient of the $20 million gift, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care provider whose transplantation initiatives will be greatly expanded as a result of this kind of gift. Norm is doing great after four years of life with a new kidney.
Our three grandsons, Mark Kent Anderson, 19; John Graydon Lewis, 15; and Adam Upshaw Lewis, 12; are all alive and well after having been born at Duke University and having bone marrow transplants at 8 days old. Mark Kent was a perfect match with his sister, Ainsley Scott, and John and Adam are half matches with their mom, Ainsley Upshaw Lewis.
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Martha Jane Anderson retired from University of Louisiana-Monroe after 35 years of service as Assistant Dean of Students and SGA Advisor. She is married to Patrick H. Anderson Sr., has two children, and four grandchildren.