Donna Axum (January 3, 1942 – November 4, 2018) was an American winner, author, television executive producer, beauty pageant and model. She was crowned philanthropist in 1964. One month earlier she had been crowned Miss America . Miss Arkansas
After her Miss America win, Axum taught classes at
and worked in television such as starring on Texas Tech University The Noon Show and Good Morning Arkansas. Aside from Miss America, Axum was an active civic leader as she served on the National Committee for the Performing Arts of the in Kennedy Center after being nominated by President Washington, D.C. , the Bill Clinton , the Fort Worth Symphony and Van Cliburn Foundation College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors. Texas Christian University
Axum was born in
. El Dorado, Arkansas Axum's father was Hurley B. Axum, a banker. Axum's mother wax Idelle Axum. Axum has a sister, Mona. In 1958, Axum graduated from El Dorado High School.