Gov. Bill Clements remembered as SMU alumnus and supporter


Gov. Bill Clements remembered as SMU alumnus and supporter

Bill and Rita Clements at SMU-in-TaosFormer Texas Governor William P. Clements Jr., a longtime major supporter of SMU academic programs, died May 29, 2011 in Dallas. He was 94 years old.

Clements’ relationship with SMU began in the mid-1930s, when he was an engineering student. Through the years he and his wife, Rita, have contributed more than $21 million for some of SMU’s highest academic priorities, including support for his special interest in the Southwest.

“Bill Clements’ generosity and guidance have made a significant impact on academic programs throughout SMU, with major gifts supporting engineering, theology, mathematics and history,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “By endowing the Clements Department of History, including a new Ph.D. program, and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, he enabled students ranging from undergraduates to doctoral fellows to learn more about the history and cultures of this region. Bill and Rita Clements also made it possible for SMU to acquire, rebuild and offer academic programs at SMU-in-Taos, located on the site of historic Fort Burgwin in northern New Mexico. This facility has given generations of students and faculty a tremendous and unique resource for teaching, learning and research.

“Earlier, as chair of SMU’s Board from 1967-73 and again from 1983-86, Bill Clements led the formation of an endowment committee resulting in dramatic increases in market value. He led funding of the campus master plan that continues to guide our academic offerings, and with an eye for detail in bricks and mortar, he preserved the continuity of SMU’s Collegiate Georgian architecture.

“All this he accomplished with his typical no-nonsense approach and direct style of communication. His legacy as a business leader, public official and supporter of SMU will stand the test of time. He was a member of the SMU community for more than 70 years and he will be greatly missed.”

A memorial service honoring the life of Governor Clements will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

Gifts to SMU in memory of Governor Clements can be directed to the William P. Clements Jr. Memorial Fund. Visit the SMU Giving homepage for information on how to make a gift to SMU.

> Read more on Gov. Clements and his more than 70-year relationship with SMU

Above, Bill and Rita Clements at the 2009 opening of new student housing they helped to provide for the SMU-in-Taos campus on the grounds of Fort Burgwin, New Mexico. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.

June 1, 2011|News|

Students, faculty remember Law Professor Daniel Shuman

SMU Law Professor Daniel ShumanDaniel Shuman, M.D. Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor of Health Law in SMU’s Dedman School of Law, will be remembered for his work as a renowned legal scholar, but he was much more to his students.

“He was a caring mentor to so many of us, right up to even the last week of his life,” says Clarence Wilson, who recently achieved a scholarship with Shuman’s help. Shuman, 62, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 of multiple system atrophy, a rare neurological disorder.

SMU’s Health Law Association (HLA) has announced that it will raise money for a plaque to serve as a lasting tribute to Shuman’s dedication.

Shuman was the inaugural M.D. Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor of Health Law at the law school and a member of the faculty for more than 33 years teaching torts, evidence, law and social science and mental health law.

“The Law School family has suffered a great loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the Shuman family right now,” says Law Dean John B. Attanasio.

Shuman was a nationally and internationally respected scholar in two separate fields, says colleague and HLA advisor Thomas Mayo, associate professor of law. “Early in his career he did groundbreaking empirical research on the attitudes and behaviors of juries, and he followed that with the best research and writing on law and psychiatry anyone has ever done. His productivity and quality were at the highest levels for an incredible three decades.”

Earlier this year, Shuman received the 2011 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The recognition – shared with psychiatrist Liza Gold – honors their book, Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace: Model, Process, and Analysis (Springer, 2009), as an “outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry.” The award will be presented during the APA’s annual meeting May 14-18 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“Institutionally, he shaped the present and future course of the law school as the long-time chair of the faculty appointments committee, and he was extremely helpful to the development of our young faculty,” Mayo adds. “Students adored him.”

One of those is Juris Doctor candidate Isaac Haas, who says, “Professor Shuman was passionate about teaching his students to look beyond mere memorization and understanding of the law and consider the consequences of the decisions we make as a community about right and wrong. And while he was a brilliant scholar and writer, what set him apart as a teacher was the interest that he took in me and so many others.

“Very rarely would I ever leave a conversation with Professor Shuman without him asking about my other classes, job prospects, wife or son,” Haas says. “I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent with him, and with his wife, Emily, as a student, teaching assistant and friend.”

The family has requested that memorials be made to the Texas Voice Project for Parkinson Disease.

To contribute to the HLA’s memorial gift for Shuman, contact Alex Berk.

Written by Denise Gee

May 2, 2011|News|

Lewis Binford’s legacy of change and innovation

Lewis BinfordLewis R. Binford, SMU Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, died April 11, 2011 in Kirksville, Missouri. During his 40-year career as an archaeologist, Binford transformed scientists’ approach to archaeology, earning a legacy as the “most influential archaeologist of his generation,” according to Scientific American.

Binford first gained attention in 1962 as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago when he wrote a path-breaking article in American Antiquity proposing that archaeologists abandon their emphasis on cataloguing artifacts and instead study what the artifacts revealed about prehistoric cultures. The proposition launched what is now known as “New Archaeology.”

“Lewis Binford led the charge that pushed, pulled and otherwise cajoled archaeology into becoming a more scientific enterprise,” says David Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory in SMU’s Dedman College. “The impact of his work was felt not only here in America, but around the world. Much of how we conceptualize and carry out archaeology in the 21st century is owed to Lew’s substantial legacy.”

From Alaska to Australia, Binford conducted research throughout the world, focusing much of his attention on the archaeology of hunting and gathering. He spent 20 years in remote areas of Africa, Alaska and Australia conducting research on cultural patterns of contemporary hunter-gatherers and reviving the practice of ethnoarchaeology – the study of living societies to better understand societies of the past.

Cover of Lewis Binford's 'Constructing Frames of Reference: An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Ethnographic and Environmental Data Sets'He wrote 18 books and more than 130 articles, book chapters and reviews. His most recent book, Constructing Frames of Reference: An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Ethnographic and Environmental Data Sets (University of California Press, 2001), is considered a landmark in the study of hunter-gatherer populations.

His honors included membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the Huxley Memorial Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Montelius Medal from the Swedish Archaeological Society and the Centennial Medal from the Portuguese Archaeological Society. He received in 2006 the Society for American Archaeology‘s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid for Binford in 2010 in honor of his contributions to the improvement of the study of archaeology. Read more from the SMU Forum, Aug. 27, 2010.

Binford earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1957 from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in 1958 and Ph.D. in 1964 from the University of Michigan. He served on the faculties of the University of Chicago, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at Los Angeles before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico. He remained a member of the faculty there from 1968 through 1991 when he joined SMU.

“Any time a university can add a National Academy of Science-quality person to its faculty is a major gain for the university and the region,” says James Brooks, who played an important role in bringing Binford to SMU. Brooks is SMU provost emeritus and chair of SMU’s Institute for Study of Earth and Man. “Binford brought distinction to SMU, to Dallas and the Southwest.”

Binford is survived by his wife, Amber Johnson, and his daughter, Martha Binford. Funeral arrangements are pending.

April 13, 2011|News|

Former SMU law dean Charles O. Galvin dies

Former SMU Law Dean Charles O. GalvinCharles O. Galvin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, died Jan. 27, 2011. He was 91.

A funeral Mass took place Jan. 31 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Dallas.

Galvin, who was active at the national level, was dean of the law school from 1963 to 1978 and was a member of the faculty for more than 30 years.

“Dean Galvin was one of the greatest deans in the history of the law school and one of the foremost tax professors of his time,” said John Attanasio, Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law in Dedman Law. “This is a great loss for the law school, the university, and the entire community.”

Among Galvin’s many contributions to the law school were the completion of the law quadrangle with the building of Underwood Law Library, the inception of the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship Program, and the establishment of the William Hawley Atwell Chair of Constitutional Law, the law school’s first endowed chair.

SMU Provost Emeritus James E. Brooks, who was provost during Dean Galvin’s tenure, said, “Charley Galvin was one of the most effective deans this University has had. He not only was a skilled and enlightened dean of the School of Law but was very much a citizen of the University who could be counted on to be a steady and positive hand when basic University issues and values were at stake.”

Galvin began his academic career at SMU, where he received his B.S.C. degree with highest honors in 1940. Subsequently, he earned an M.B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University before serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Dean Galvin returned to Northwestern after the war and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1947 and later, his S.J.D. from Harvard. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree from Capital University in 1990.

In 1952, Dean Robert G. Storey invited Galvin to join the SMU Law School faculty, where he remained for more than 30 years. From 1963-78, he served as dean.

Galvin was the Centennial Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University from 1983-1990. He also taught at Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, Duke, Pepperdine, UT-Austin and the University of Kansas. He wrote numerous important works on federal tax law and other subjects in collaboration with Boris Bittker.

Dean Galvin was a founding member of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Taxation Editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter, and co-editor of the Texas Will Manual. He was also trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute and the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. Since 1993, he had been of counsel to Haynes and Boone, LLP. (Dallas) and served as an adjunct professor of law at Dedman Law for eight years.

Galvin received the Doctor of Laws degree honoris causa from SMU and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by SMU and Northwestern. He also received the Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of North Texas, the John Rogers Award from the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and the Dallas Independent School District Magnet School Award and the McGill Award from the Catholic Foundation of Dallas.

In 1999, the law school established the Charles O. Galvin Award for Service to SMU Dedman School of Law. “In establishing this award, the law school will continue to recognize his many accomplishments and his great service to the legal and academic community,” said Dean Attanasio.

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February 7, 2011|News|

SMU alumna, women’s rights pioneer Louise Raggio dies

 Vivian Castleberry, Louise Raggio and Gov. Ann RichardsLouise Ballerstedt Raggio – renowned Dallas attorney, SMU Distinguished Alumna and national figure in women’s rights – died of natural causes on Jan. 23, 2011, at age 91.

Raggio’s work on passage of the Marital Property Act of 1967 ended the archaic requirement that Texas women turn over control of their personal finances and real estate to their husbands upon marriage.

A memorial for Raggio is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at First Unitarian Church, 40105 Normandy Avenue in Dallas. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.

A photograph of Raggio’s 1952 graduating class from what is now SMU’s Dedman School of Law tells her pioneering story better than words: Sitting on the front row, she was the only woman in the group. Raggio was the first woman assistant district attorney in Dallas County and the first woman to prosecute a criminal case here.

Over her lifetime, Raggio did more to ensure the protection of women’s legal rights in Texas than any other person in history, and the lecture series established in her name at SMU continues to celebrate her tremendous accomplishments.

“As a pioneer on behalf of women’s legal rights, Louise Raggio was a role model to generations of students and colleagues and a fearless advocate for her clients. The SMU lecture series named in her honor brought to campus other innovative thinkers on women’s issues, from journalists and authors to public officials,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “By remaining active at SMU, she ensured that young people understood the struggles of the past and are prepared to address unresolved issues for equality and equity in our society. Her impact is immeasurable. We are all better for her leadership and courage.”

The Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Endowed Lecture Series in Women’s Studies played an important role at SMU after friends and family established it in her name in 1988. The series consistently brought to the University nationally renowned leaders on gender and women’s issues, and featured such speakers as author and feminist Gloria Steinem, former U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders, former Texas Governor Ann Richards, former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.

The Women’s Studies Program of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences was home to the Raggio Lecture Series until 2010, but the Dedman School of Law recently became host to the series named for one of its most successful and beloved graduates.

“We are very saddened at Louise’s passing,” said John Attanasio, Judge James Noel Dean in SMU’s Dedman School of Law. “She was a champion for the rights of women and for the rights of many others across this state and all across the country. We are very proud to call her an alumna.”

Raggio received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1971 and was named a Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumna in 1992, 40 years after her graduation. The University conferred its highest honor upon Raggio in 1996, presenting her with an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Raggio also has been honored by her sons – Grier, Tom and Ken Raggio – through the Remember the Ladies Campaign, which seeks to endow an archivist position dedicated solely to supporting the Archives of Women of the Southwest Collection in SMU’s DeGolyer Library. Raggio’s own papers are part of the archive, which includes the writings, photographs and other records of notable women leaders who acted as pioneers in social and political reform movements, businesswomen who paved the way for future generations to succeed in the workforce, and influential women in the arts and voluntary service. The archive also houses papers recording the daily life of women in the 19th century.

Above, Louise Raggio ’52 (center) with friend and fellow women’s rights pioneer Vivian Castleberry ’44 (left) and the late Texas Governor Ann Richards at an SMU Raggio Lecture in 2003. Photo by Clayton Smith.

> Learn more about Raggio’s life in an 8-minute video video
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January 24, 2011|News|
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