SMU will honor four leaders in philanthropy, business and civic life with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner and ceremony begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 on the Main Quad.
The 2013 Distinguished Alumni are business leader Joseph M. “Jody” Grant ’60, investor Jeanne Roach Johnson ’54, and community leader Peggy Higgins Sewell ’72.
Brittany Merrill Underwood ’07, founder of the Akola Project and the Ugandan American Partnership Organization and an international advocate for women and children, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award. The honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years.
Four philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards in a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 on the University’s Main Quad. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.
This year’s recipients include philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox (’78), former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes III (’57,’59), and entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd Jr. (‘68). Medical physicist Alonso Gutiérrez (’03, pictured right) will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the last 15 years.
During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Centennial celebration. The honorees attending this year’s ceremony are:
Lindalyn Bennett Adams, historic preservationist, humanitarian and civic leader
Fritz E. Barton Jr., physician, teacher and researcher
Don R. Benton, minister
Donald D. Clayton, astrophysicist
Allison Allen Holland, interior decorator
Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, philanthropist and civic leader
Ray L. Hunt, business leader and philanthropist
William L. Hutchison, investor and oil and gas producer
Sally Rhodus Lancaster, philanthropist and civic leader
Virginia Holt McFarland, philanthropist and humanitarian
Ruth Ann Rogers Montgomery, preservationist, civic leader and philanthropist
Carl Sewell, business leader and author
William T. Solomon, business leader and philanthropist
Ellen Coleman Terry, real estate leader and philanthropist
Gail Griffin Thomas, philanthropist and civic leader
Business leaders, a philanthropic community leader and an innovative entrepreneur will receive SMU’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.
This year’s recipients include Ike Griffin (’57), president of Horizon Communities in Prison; David B. Miller (’72, ’73), co-founder and partner of EnCap Investments L.P.; and Annette Caldwell Simmons (’57), community leader and philanthropist. TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie (’99, left) will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the past 15 years.
The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award reception and dinner takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The awards ceremony will be held in McFarlin Auditorium at 8 p.m., following the dinner and reception. The dinner is sold out, but tickets to a dinner buffet and reception in Centennial Hall at the Hughes Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street, and the presentation at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium remain available. To register, visit the SMU Alumni website.
During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s Centennial celebration. The honorees this year are:
Ruth Collins Altshuler, philanthropist and first woman chair and longest serving member of the SMU Board of Trustees
Lila Mae Banks Cockrell, four-term mayor of San Antonio
Edwin L. Cox, business leader and Cox School benefactor
Lee Cullum, journalist, writer and broadcaster
Jess T. Hay, international business and civic leader
Mary Ellen Mitchell Jericho, civic leader and philanthropist
Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, civic leader and philanthropist
Ray L. Hunt, civic and business leader and philanthropist
William King McElvaney, minister, SMU professor emeritus and author
Ruth I. Allen (Mewhinney), Dallas pioneer in medicine