Five leaders in business, technology and community service have been named to receive SMU’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The banquet and ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Khmer Pavilion of the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway.
The 2008 DAA Award recipients are:
• Darrell Lafitte (’54), SMU All-America football player turned banker
• Malcolm Morris (’68), Millennium Water Alliance founder and chair
• Gary Pittman (’53), Texas Instruments researcher and co-inventor of the light-emitting diode (LED)
• Richard Ware (’68), president of Amarillo National Bank, one of the largest family-owned banks in the country
Richie Butler (’93, right) will receive the 2008 Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Butler helped create Unity Estates, a planned community of 285 single-family homes in South Dallas sponsored by the 70-member African American Pastors’ Coalition. He also founded the church community Union Cathedral, which he currently serves as the senior pastor.
The DAA Awards are a traditional highlight of SMU’s annual Homecoming celebration. The 2008 Homecoming, “Rolling Out the Red Carpet,” takes place Nov. 2-9. The Homecoming game against Memphis begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ford Stadium.