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Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler '48 and the  late Charles S. Sharp, Donors

The late Charles S. Sharp was vice chair of the board of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company and president of the Mayflower Investment Company. His civic honors and responsibilities included service as chair of the boards of The Salvation Army, United Way, Dallas Summer Musicals and Visiting Nurses Association of Dallas. Charles was also a cofounder of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.
     Both Ruth and Charles were recipients of the prestigious Linz Award recognizing civic leadership. Ruth’s father, the late Carr P. Collins, also was a recipient. There are only two families in Dallas to have three family members as recipients, the Collins/Sharp family and the R. L. Thorntons.
     Ruth Altshuler ’48 is a member and past chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees and serves as a co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign. She also serves as co-chair of the Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee, 2011-2015. She received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1966 and The Mustang Award in 1998 for her leadership and philanthropy to the University.
      In 2014, Ruth Altshuler was named a History-Making Texan by the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and in 2015, she was recognized nationally by Pi Beta Phi with the prestigious Member of Distinction Award. This spring, Ruth received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas organization VolunteerNow.
      Charles and Ruth have three children, who are all SMU alumni.