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Harold Simmons Foundation and Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons, Donors

The Harold Simmons Foundation, established in 1988, is based in Dallas, Texas, and is funded primarily by Contran Corporation, a company controlled by the late investor Harold C. Simmons. Two of his daughters, Lisa K. Simmons and Serena Simmons Connelly, manage the Foundation, which awards grants supporting education, social welfare including human rights, civic improvement, and culture and the arts.
       The late philanthropist and businessman Harold C. Simmons grew up in Golden, Texas. His parents were educators who instilled in him the value of learning. He earned a B.A. degree in 1951 and an M.S. degree in 1952, both in economics, from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a former member of the executive boards of Cox School of Business and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. His wife of 33 years, Annette Caldwell Simmons, earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from SMU in 1957 and later taught first, second and third grade at Maple Lawn Elementary School in Dallas and at Clark Field, a U.S. air base in the Philippines. Mrs. Simmons is a former member of the board of the SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series and has been active in numerous other SMU programs and civic activities.
       Together the couple has been generous supporters of education, medical research and the arts. In 2007, the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU was named in recognition of their historic gift to the University, which is among the largest to The Second Century Campaign. They also made generous gifts to Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where the cancer center bears the Simmons name. They supported the arts through gifts, including the Annette and Harold Simmons Glass Façade for the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. and Mrs. Simmons received the Southwestern Medical Foundation’s Charles Sprague Community Service Award and the Annette G. Strauss Humanitarian Award.