International and civic leaders, a former athlete turned dentist and an emerging theatre star have received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The banquet and ceremony took place Nov. 8 in the Fairmont Hotel.
The 2007 recipients include civic leader and SMU trustee Linda Pitts Custard (’60, ’99), investment adviser James B. Gardner (’55), U.S. Ambassador to Mexico the Honorable Antonio O. Garza Jr. (’80, ’83) and and SMU basketball star turned dentist Rick Herrscher (’58). Nathan H. Allen (’00), cofounder of The House Theatre of Chicago, received the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Allen (left) participated in a conference with current SMU theatre students Nov. 9 in the Margo Jones Theatre.