The generous gifts of alumni, family and friends have had an extraordinary impact on SMU’s ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty and make important additions to the University’s unique campus. Each issue of SMU Campaign Update highlights examples of the way contributions from past donors as well as more recent gifts are having an impact at the University. In this issue we feature examples of donors who have generously chosen to provide gifts honoring others.

Honoring a Treasured Friend

(L-R) A. Gordon Worsham, Sudie Appel Worsham, Bassett B. Kilgore ’51 and Peggy Kilgore.

Gordon Worsham and Bassett Kilgore met 50 years ago and have been best friends ever since. When Mr. Worsham and his wife, Sudie Appel Worsham, wanted to honor their dear friend, they decided to provide a gift to establish the Bassett Kilgore Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund in the Chemistry Department of Dedman College.

Mr. Kilgore and his family have an association with the University that spans almost a century. His grandfather, James Kilgore, served on the University’s first faculty, was acting president from 1922 to 1923 and remained on the Board of Trustees until his death in 1950. His father, Donald ’20, and mother, Gladys Watson ’21, met at SMU.

After completing three years of study at SMU, Kilgore gained early acceptance to Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1949. After two years of medical school, he was granted a Bachelor of Science degree from SMU. Kilgore was the first trained neuroradiologist in Dallas and retired from a successful private practice in 2001.

Two of his five children – sons David ’76 and James Patrick ’82 – comprise the third generation of Kilgores to graduate from SMU.

For more information on establishing or supporting endowments, please contact Linda Preece ’98 at 214-768-4836 or

Honoring an Inspirational Professor

(L-R) Cox School Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr., Donald F. Jackson and David B. Miller ’72, ’73.

David B. Miller ’72, ’73, co-founder and managing director of EnCap Investments, L.P., credits SMU, the Cox School of Business and especially former business professor Donald F. Jackson ’63 with providing him with a strong educational foundation and inspiring him to succeed.

“He wasn’t just an outstanding teacher, he was a mentor” says Mr. Miller, an SMU trustee.

To honor the teacher who made such a difference in his life, Miller, along with his wife, Carolyn Lacy Miller, provided a $1.5 million lead gift in April for the establishment of the Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies in the Cox School. Efforts are ongoing to secure the remaining funding needed to create the $2.5 million center.

The center will provide support for student-managed finance clubs and funds for student internships, and student travel grants will be provided to encourage attendance at conferences and seminars. The center also will organize conferences and presentations on topical issues.

For more information about supporting this initiative, please contact Laran O’Neill ’01, ’09 at 214-768-4988 or

Honoring a Teacher’s Leadership

The late James E. Caswell ’63, ’66, ’70 (center) with SMU student leaders.

The late James E. Caswell ’63, ’66, ’70 spent nearly five decades at SMU as an administrator, teacher and student. He inspired generations of students and colleagues with his charisma and mentoring leadership.

To honor the passion for learning, leadership skills and high ethical standards that Caswell instilled in his students, in 2007 members of the SMU community established an endowment for the James E. Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.

The program will provide support for the leadership development of a select group of undergraduate students. Awardees will receive up to $5,000 to develop a leadership project or become engaged in focused study of leadership in education, not-for-profit organizations, faith-based principles and the environmental responsibility of international and cross-cultural contexts.

For more information about the program’s endowment, please contact Arlene Manthey at 214-768-4711 or