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The late Edward R. Hyde, a native of Mabank, Texas, is a retired executive of the Sun Oil Company, now known as Sunoco. He joined Sun Oil after leaving SMU and was with the company for 41 years, which included time at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia and overseas. During his time at SMU, Mr. Hyde was involved with the Arden Playhouse after being encouraged to join by classmate Aaron Spelling. Although he would ultimately join the business world, Mr. Hyde says that his experience in drama helped him tremendously throughout the years. The skills and confidence he gained were invaluable. 
      Mr. Hyde is married to Mary Ann (Jackson) Hyde. Mrs. Hyde is a trustee of The Hockaday School, former president of the Alumnae Association and a graduate of The Hockaday School Junior College. She is currently serving as a member of the Executive Board for the Meadows School of the Arts. Mrs. Hyde also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Communities and Service Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and A.W.A.R.E.
      As a couple, the Hydes felt strongly about excellence in education and recognized SMU’s worldwide reputation. Their great motivation in giving to SMU is to help provide deserving students with an outstanding education. Mrs. Hyde continues to hold their shared belief that SMU’s theatre department is the best-kept secret in Dallas. She has season tickets and enjoys returning to campus for the outstanding performances.