A philanthropist, a financial services leader and a real estate and construction magnate will receive SMU’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The DAA Award banquet and ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 on the University’s historic Main Quad.
This year’s recipients include:
- Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, president of the Sarah & Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation, which focuses on education and basic human need
- John C. Tolleson ’70, chairman and CEO of Tolleson Wealth Management
- Richard W. Weekley ’67, cofounder of David Weekley Homes, the largest privately owned homebuilder in the United States
Kevin Lavelle ’08 will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Lavelle is the founder of Mizzen+Main, a clothing company that introduced advanced performance fabrics to traditional menswear.