D’Anna Poole Wick was a civic leader and active volunteer who served the Tyler community in many ways. A nurse by education and training, and the wife of a physician, Dr. Paul Wick, D’Anna had a special affinity for nonprofits in the healthcare sphere. She was active in the Smith County Medical Society Alliance, volunteered and served in leadership positions for the American Cancer Society, the Mental Health Association, the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, PATH and many other organizations.
In the early 80s, after serving as the President of the Junior League of Tyler, D’Anna was asked by them to help organize a hospice to serve East Texas. She laughingly told everyone she didn’t know anything about hospice, but she was up for a challenge. After a year of research, fundraising and organizing, Hospice of East Texas was chartered, and D’Anna became its first CEO. After her tenure as a staff member, she returned through the years to serve on the board and as Board Chair. It is no exaggeration to say that D’Anna Wick was among those who laid the firm foundation for Hospice of East Texas and who helped shepherd its growth and success through the next three decades.
The D’Anna Poole Wick Endowment was established by contributions from the Wick family in 2019 in memory of D’Anna and in recognition of what Hospice of East Texas meant to her and to her family. The Smith County Medical Society Alliance also made a significant contribution to the fund in memory of D’Anna. Distributions from the D’Anna Poole Wick Endowment Fund will support the community outreach and volunteer efforts of Hospice of East Texas, in recognition of D’Anna’s lifelong commitment to volunteerism.