SMU helped shape me as a person and professional. I am pleased to support the exemplary work SMU does.
— Jack Knox ’60 ’63
Through this gift, Jack is setting an example for other Mustangs and SMU friends to follow.
— Carl Sewell ’66, SMU trustee and SMU Ignited campaign co-chair
Jack Knox ’60 ’63
Jack Knox received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SMU in 1960 and a Juris Doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1963. Knox was bestowed the law school’s highest honor with the Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2011.
As an SMU volunteer, Knox has served on the Dedman School of Law Executive Board (2011-14), the A Time to Lead Texas Campaign Steering Committee (1996-2002), the Dedman College Executive Board (1991-97) and the Cox School of Business Associate Board (1970-80).
Knox is general partner of Texas Flags Ltd., formerly Six Flags Over Texas Fund Ltd. (founded 1969), which owns the real estate and facilities of Six Flags Over Texas. He also is owner of Café Pacific Restaurants Inc., parent company of the popular restaurant based in Dallas’ Highland Park Village since 1980.
In addition, Knox is chairman of the board of Sixx Holdings Inc., founded in 1988 to operate the Italian-concept brand of Patrizio’s restaurants, which he sold in 2006.
Knox has been involved in the oil and gas industry for several decades, previously serving as chairman and CEO of public companies Summit Energy, Inc. (1970-89) and Western Oil Fields (1969-71). He has also been director of Sunshine Mining; BancTEXAS Group, Inc.; El Chico Inc. and Bryson Oil and Gas Ltd.
Additionally, Knox continues to be active in the ranching business west of Fort Worth, where he has served as managing director of Knox Land & Cattle since its formation in 1960. He also maintains close ties to the Weatherford community through civic activities.
Knox’s civic and honorary appointments and directorships have included the board of trustees of Medical City Hospital in Dallas, the Friends of Scott and White Hospital in Temple, the MD Anderson Hospital Board of Visitors in Houston, the board of directors of the Dallas Petroleum Club, the board of directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA in Dallas, the advisory board of directors of the Texas Humane Legislative Network, and a member of the advisory committee to the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission.
Knox is founder and president of the Fund for Sick Children, a private foundation supplying medicine and equipment to hospitals and doctors in developing nations. He is also active in many charities and lobbying groups directed toward helping children in need, as well as stopping animal abuse. He received the Man’s Best Friend Award from Paws in the City in 2011. He also received the Humanitarian of the Year award from Operation Kindness in 2005.
SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow
SMU is the nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty and more than 12,000 students in eight degree-granting schools demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit as they direct change in their professions, communities and the world. Building on its history of excellence, the University has launched SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – a multiyear $1.5 billion campaign to empower outstanding students, to enrich teaching and research, and to enhance our campus and community.