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Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility

News Archive 2021

A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.


Cary Maguire Passes Away, Leaving Legacy of Scholarship in Ethics

Cary Maguire, businessman, philanthropist, and benefactor of the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Kluge Center, passed away at age 93 on August 10, 2021, at his home in Dallas.


Cary Maguire, Dallas businessman, philanthropist and namesake of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU.

Dallas businessman and philanthropist Cary Maguire dies at 93


Cary McIlwaine Maguire Sr., a Dallas businessman and philanthropist whose charity left an indelible mark on Southern Methodist University, died Tuesday at his home. He was 93.


Cary Maguire, Sr., community leader

SMU remembers Cary Maguire, Sr., community leader

SMU mourns the loss of Cary M. Maguire, Sr., trustee emeritus and former SMU Board of Trustees member, who passed away on Tuesday, August 10, at the age of 93. Maguire, a long-standing leader in the community, was among some of SMU’s most active and generous donors, as well as a dedicated and innovative leader in the energy industry.


Dallas Council Candidate Jesse Moreno Returns $11,000 in Campaign Contributions

Dallas City Council candidate Jesse Moreno recently found himself in an interesting predicament. He is running to represent District 2, an oddly shaped swath of the city that sweeps from Love Field, the Medical District, south of downtown, and into the Cedars and Deep Ellum. From January 1 through March 22, he raised more than $36,000 in contributions, but a D Magazine analysis revealed that nearly a third of the money appeared to come from limited partnerships that were governed by a single person. Election law limits contributions in Dallas municipal races to just $1,000 per individual and certain businesses.

Dr. Rita Kirk quoted in D Magazine | 4/13/2021

Seeing Well and Leading Well

When entrepreneurialism and academia collide, you end up with a conversation that gets to the heart of discourse in our culture. Mitch is joined by Rita Kirk in an interview that brings new perspectives to a world where communication is easy to access but hard to master.

Dr. Rita Kirk | The Whole Enchilada Podcast | 4/12/2021

We sacrificed working moms to survive the pandemic; it’s time to share the burden

As society inches toward reopening and returns to work en masse, how can we reconcile the impossible asks and unprecedented strain on working mothers?

Adria Richmond | USA Today | 4/7/2021

Abbott’s mixed messages on who’s to blame for Texas power woes ‘not useful’, communications experts say

One minute, Gov. Greg Abbott is blaming the woes of millions of power-deprived Texans on managers of the state’s electricity grid — and the freezing of natural gas supplies and generators.

The next, he’s on Fox News, attributing Texas’ worst winter-weather disaster in decades to wind and solar power outages, which he says illustrate how a “Green New Deal” will be “a deadly deal.”

On Wednesday, several communications, corporate ethics and political messaging experts criticized the Republican governor’s public comments as confusing, “not useful,” an attempt to shield himself from conservatives’ disfavor and perhaps a result of “panic and deflection.”

Dr. Rita Kirk quoted in The Dallas Morning News | 2/17/2021