Annette Caldwell Simmons '57 and her husband, Harold C. Simmons
Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons have an enduring legacy of service and generosity benefiting SMU.
Born in Tyler, Texas, Mrs. Simmons earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from SMU in 1957. After graduating, she taught second and third grades at Maple Lawn Elementary School in Dallas and at Clark Field, a U.S. air base in the Philippines. She married Harold Simmons in 1980.
Mrs. Simmons is a former member of the board of the SMU Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, and she has been active in numerous other SMU programs. The couple has provided long-term support for faculty and students, including endowing four President's Scholarships and the Simmons Distinguished Professorship in Marketing in the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. They have served on the boards of numerous civic organizations and have received many honors for their generous support of local charities.
Mr. Simmons is founder, chair and CEO of Contran Corporation, a holding company with interests including chemicals, metals, waste management and computer support systems. He is a former member of the executive boards of SMU's Cox School of Business and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
His relationship with SMU began in 1961 when, in his late 20s, he bought a small drugstore across the street from SMU, which became a popular lunch counter and shopping spot. After expanding to 100 stores, he sold the chain, which developed into Eckerd Drugs. Mr. Simmons then launched his career as an investor, with Contran Corporation as his holding company.
Today we celebrate the partnership between SMU and the Simmons family that will help the University lead and serve in new ways, through the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.