The Audrey P. and Edward M. Curtis Endowed Fund


A great tribute was paid to the Foundation for Southeast Texas and to our community when Jewel (Jan) Curtis Spayth bequeathed a one million dollar trust to the Foundation in order to establish an unrestricted endowed fund named for her parents Audrey P. and Edward M. Curtis.  The earnings from the fund is used yearly for our competitive grant process which awards grants to qualifying nonprofits in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties. 


Mrs. Spayth was born in Beaumont.  Her parents moved to Beaumont before she and her twin brother, Ed, were born in 1926.  Her father, a graduate of Purdue University’s engineering program, came to Beaumont to work in the ship building industry. He later opened his own business as a consulting engineer.  Her parents lived here the rest of their lives and were an active part of the community.


Jan graduated from Beaumont High School and then left to attend Purdue University, her father’s alma mater.  She and her husband lived in many places throughout the United States.  Their last home was in Williamsburg, Virginia, but after her husband died, she returned to Beaumont to be near her twin brother, Ed Curtis, Jr.  Her gift to the Foundation fulfilled Jan’s desire to honor her parents by making a permanent gift that would benefit the community they all loved.


Jan Spayth not only remembered Southeast Texas with her philanthropic gifts, but also Virginia, through the Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.  The gift to the Virginia Community Foundation will benefit those nonprofits she cared about in the Williamsburg community.    She also left a generous gift to Purdue University, from which she, her brother and father had all graduated. 


At the Foundation, we are thankful that Jan Curtis Spayth cared so much about this community that she would leave such a generous gift to help its citizens now and in perpetuity.