The Woodlands honored founding father George P. Mitchell who passed away two weeks ago at age 94.
The billionaire oilman who established the planned community in 1975 was remembered during a final tribute Thursday night at the pavilion named after his wife.
Granddaughter Katherine Lorenz says Mitchell strived to create sustainability amid an ever-growing population.
“So much of his work and his philanthropic capital was spent at looking at these issues,” Lorenz tells KTRH News. “How do you live in harmony with nature? How does the planet survive this amount of human population? What are we going to do about it?”
Lorenz says her grandfather never forgot his roots, and never took 'no' for an answer.
“Whether it was developing Galveston in a way that would try to make sense financially even when it didn't seem look like it would, to developing new energy technologies, things he knew could work even if few others believed it could work, when he set his mind to something he did it and he didn't stop,” she says.
Since establishing the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in 1979, lifetime gifts are estimated to be more than $400,000,000.