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J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award

Curtis W. Meadows, Jr.

After practicing law for 17 years, Curtis W. Meadows, Jr., was elected president and director of the Meadows Foundation. From 1980 to 1996, he devoted full time efforts to the work of the foundation. The Meadows Foundation is the largest private foundation in Texas and 43rd largest in the United States. It has received numerous local and national awards for excellence and innovation in philanthropic grantmaking. In 1996, the National Society of Fundraising Executives honored the Meadows Foundation as the outstanding foundation in the United States.

Mr. Meadows’s activities include service and leadership positions with the Council on Foundations, the Conference of the Southwest Foundations, and the Center for Nonprofit Management, plus more than 40 charitable community organizations. Some of these include the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Bar Foundation and advisory boards of the Dallas Citizens Council, the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Chaplaincy, Habitat for Humanity, the Junior League of Dallas, the Salvation Army, the Suicide and Crisis Center, the academic affairs committee of Southern Methodist University, the building committees for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of African-American Life and Culture, the Dallas Garden Center, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness.

Mr. Meadows received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960 and his J.D. from the University Of Texas School Of Law in 1962. He is an active leader and elder of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church.