April 14, 2024

Former mayor Lila Cockrell has died at 97

The city of San Antonio is mourning the loss of Lila Cockrell, who was the former mayor of this great city. She made history as being the first woman to lead one of the top 10 cities in America as well as being the first female mayor from June 1, 1989 till June 1, 1991. Cockrell didn’t run for a fourth term due to her husband, Sidney Earl Cockrell Jr. being ill at the time.

Cockrell made historic moves in San Antonio with helping out plan Hemisfair 68′ for the World’s Fair. She brought Valero corporate headquarters to San Antonio. She was part of the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Foundation board serving as the President for many years.

She has a theatre downtown named after her. Cockrell was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

She called on the Bexar County Commissioners Court to restore the Hot Wells hotel, spa and bathhouses on the Southside.

Cockrell attended St. Mary’s University where she earned her doctorates in May 2017.

Cockrell was 97. She leaves behind two daughters.