Marjorie Barrick: 1917–2007
Like many who have come to this community, Marjorie Barrick made a lasting impression on Las Vegas. After moving to Las Vegas in 1951 with her husband, real estate developer Edward Barrick, she played a vital role in supporting education, social programs, and the arts throughout Southern Nevada. Edward Barrick, who at various times was part owner of the Flamingo, Horseshoe, Pioneer, and Fremont casinos, died in 1979.
Dedicated to public education and debate, Barrick established an endowment at UNLV to fund the Barrick Lecture Series, a long-standing program of distinguished speakers, named after Edward Barrick. She was a founding member of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees and sat on many community boards, including the Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Variety Club.
Barrick was honored often for her devotion and philanthropy throughout the community. Recognitions included the "Woman of the Year" award from Nevada Dance Theater in 1988 and the 1987 Governor's Arts Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts. UNLV renamed its natural history museum the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in 1989 and gave her an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1985.