When you think of San Antonio’s outstanding leaders, there’s most definitely one name that immediately comes to mind: Lila Cockrell. This public service icon served three terms on our City Council, and four terms as our first woman Mayor. Everyone loves Lila Cockrell – she has been an important voice in San Antonio politics and public life for most of her 97 years. And she’s never slowed down. Lila has served on many municipal commissions, civic boards, conservancies and foundations including as president of the San Antonio Parks Foundation

In her new book, Love Deeper Than a River, Lila recalls her life as a public servant in the city she loves and, as a member of the Greatest Generation, recounts how coming of age during Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II and the burgeoning civil rights movement influenced her political views and kindled her passion to serve her country and community. You can hear highlights from the book in her recent interview with Texas Public Radio.

Lila is a member of San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. The Lila Cockrell Theatre along the River Walk – and even a river boat, as shown in the Trinity University Press photo above – are named for her. I’m lucky that I get to see her at our regular TriDelta luncheons here in San Antonio. Lila was a TriDelta while attending SMU – and I was a TriDelta at the University of Alabama. TriDelta Love!

In honor of Women’s History Month and San Antonio’s 300th Anniversary, I’m including Mayor Lila Cockrell as my Reason No. 27 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list. Thank you, Mayor, for your long and generous service to our beautiful city!