James L. West: Created From a Personal History


West History

The James L. West Alzheimer's Center is a not-for-profit organization founded on the love and compassion of Eunice P. West, who witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on her husband, Fort Worth business leader and philanthropist James L. West. As a caregiver, Mrs. West understood the hardships families face, at a time when services for people with dementia were not commonly available.

To honor her husband’s memory, Mrs. West directed the James L. and Eunice West Charitable Trust, through First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, to provide major funding to build a nondenominational facility dedicated to the care of people living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. The grand opening of the James L West Presbyterian Special Care Center in 1993 brought to life Mrs. West’s vision of a mission-driven organization that would assist the whole family from diagnosis to end of life, would engage in meaningful research, and would share its knowledge with the community at large.

The Center’s philosophy of compassionate care serves as a loving tribute from Mrs. West to her husband and continues to guide the decision-making of the board and staff today.