Louise Rose Freedman Eiseman will be remembered as a loving mother and wife, trailblazer, entrepreneur, and a tireless community volunteer who was dedicated to the Dallas community through her involvement in many civic, cultural, and educational organizations. She passed away on August 9, 2021, at the age of 91.
She and her husband, Richard “Dick” Eiseman, who died from Parkinson’s disease in 1996, founded Eiseman Jewels in Dallas’ NorthPark Center, where it remains to this day and is now headed by the couple’s son, Richard Eiseman Jr.
Mom was a great mom and a great example of how to live your life. She gave us a road map and mentored us, both personally and in business, in the way that made a difference in what our outlook and priorities should be. She, as a person, was so steady and consistent in taking care of others, which was no more evident than the 20 years of love and care she gave Dad during his illness. That same love and caring was then mirrored in how she always put family, friends, and business above herself.Richard Eiseman Jr.
Louise’s friendship with Southwestern Medical Foundation spans almost three decades. During that time, her generous gifts have supported various projects and research at UT Southwestern Medical Center including in the areas of neuro-oncology, Parkinson’s disease, geriatrics, cardiology, and breast cancer. She made many gifts over the years to honor birthdays and special occasions of her dear friends and medical leaders in the community and to memorialize those who passed away.
Louise was consistent in support of doctors she knew well on the UTSW faculty. Among many favorites, she made gifts honoring Dr. Belinda Vicioso, Dr. Karen Bradshaw, the late Dr. George N. Peters, Dr. Al Roberts, and the late Dr. Gene Frenkel. She was also generous in her support of the Annette G. Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology among many other dear friends’ philanthropic legacies.
Her generous contributions to the Building the Future of Medicine campaign to build William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and the Campaign for the Brain to advance the mission of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have helped elevate the level of care provided by UT Southwestern to the people of North Texas and surrounding areas.
Born Louise Rose Freedman in 1930 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas, she attended The Hockaday School and Highland Park High School, and then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
She is survived by two children, Alice Adelkind and Richard D. Eiseman Jr., two grandchildren, and their families.
It is a great honor to have a dear friend such as Louise Eiseman. She was generous with her time and commitment. Her kind and giving heart could light up any conversation. She inspired generosity in others and was beloved by everyone for her loyalty and lasting light. so many people in North Texas, she has left a beautiful and lasting legacy.Kathleen M. Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation