William R. "Bill" Barmore has been selected as the Pasadena ISD's Distinguished Citizen for 2010.
Barmore, vice president of the Barmore Insurance Agency in Pasadena, was honored by the Pasadena ISD school board for his many contributions to education in the district. Barmore will be honored with a bronze plaque during a ceremony on Nov. 9 at the Pasadena ISD Administration Building.
"I'm a product of Pasadena ISD schools, and my teachers and coaches were tremendous role models to me," Barmore said. "I just want to give other children the same opportunities I had. I feel very strongly about that."
Barmore graduated from Pasadena High School in 1973 after attending Williams Elementary and Queens Intermediate. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 from the University of Texas at Austin and returned to Pasadena to work for the family-owned insurance agency.
Since returning to Pasadena more than three decades ago, Barmore has been a prolific and generous sponsor and supporter of district activities, including a career day event for students at his alma mater, Pasadena High.
Barmore is a Pasadena ISD Education Foundation board member and the foundation's president-elect for 2011.
Barmore said his work with the Education Foundation has "opened my eyes to the needs we have in our schools, and I really admire the sacrifices our teachers make."
His generous donations of time and money to the Education Foundation, and to the Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament, have earned Barmore frequent expressions of praise and appreciation from district officials.
"Receiving this award is the highlight of my career," Barmore said. "But I don't do anything for recognition. The greatest reward is seeing our students succeed."
LIST OF PAST WINNERS
• Faye Schimek, 1995
• Kathyrn Whitfill, 1996
• Kathleen Morris, 1997
• John Phelps, 1998
• Denise Converse, 1999
• Gilbert Aguilar, 2000
• Eddie Dansby, 2001
• Russell and Judy Lamontagne, 2002
• Dr. Paul Covell, 2003
• Rosalie Kuntz, 2004
• Emory Gadd, 2005
• Charles Davis, 2006
• Herman Williams, 2007
• Carroll Smith, 2008
• Terry Brotherton, 2009