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Approaching Storm by Lynn Lennon, ca. 1977

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Approaching Storm
Lynn Lennon, ca. 1977

Remember the Ladies! Tributes

For more information on how to pay tribute to a woman who has made a difference, please contact Paulette Mulry at 214-768-1741 or via email at

Tributes by last name


Full List of honorees


Ann Abbas

As a news officer promoting SMU for nearly 50 years, Ann Abbas has represented the University with honesty, grace, and integrity. She has communicated the strengths and values of the University through years of challenge and change, never wavering from her dedication to the advancement of SMU’s mission. She has won national honors for her outstanding achievements and high standards of professionalism. She has made SMU better – and better known – as a university of distinction.

Honored by colleagues and friends: Patti LaSalle-Hopkins, Barbara Bodmer, Maxine Cammack, Jane and John Cockrell, Carolyn George, Anne and Roger Hansen, Sue Johnson, Ruth Morgan, Hobert Price Jr., Pat Sites, Barbara Taylor, Betty Jo Taylor, Marsh and Toni Terry, Virginia Thornton.


Ebby Halliday Acers

Ebby Halliday Acers has been a role model for women, opening many doors at a time when often women did not work outside of the home. She has been an avid community volunteer and strong business leader not only for her 64-year old company, which is one of the largest in the country, but also in promoting and supporting Dallas. Ebby has love of SMU and has supported the university for many years. Her husband, Maurice Acers, is an SMU graduate, and his mother was on the women’s guild who planted the trees down Bishop Blvd. Her love for SMU, commitment to Dallas and being known as the first lady of real estate, make Ebby Halliday an ideal candidate for this honor!

Honored by: Randall Graham


Lindalyn Adams

Lindalyn is known as the "historical caretaker" of Dallas so it is only fitting that she serves on the Remember the Ladies! committee. She founded the Dallas County Historical Foundation and led efforts to raise funds for the Sixth Floor Museum at the Texas School Book Depository which has now become a worldwide tourist destination. She is the former president of the Dallas County Heritage Society, Dallas Historical Society and the Park Cities Historical Society. She also has served as the head of the Friends of Old Red Courthouse and Friends of Fair Park. She is the recipient of the Linz Award and the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award.

Honored by: Baylor Healthcare System Foundation


Allie Beth Allman

For more than 30 years Allie Beth Allman has provided the Dallas community with legendary real estate expertise. Allie Beth has been on the Top Ten list of Dallas agents since her arrival on the residential real estate scene. In addition, she has spent countless hours giving back to the community she serves so well.

Honored by: Pierce Allman


Ruth Sharp Altshuler

I nominated Ruth because she has so many outstanding qualities. She’s faithful, friendly, funny, refined, philanthropic, forward-looking and unflappable. Most of all, she is devoted to family and family values. And of course, she’s not foolish, frivolous, or fat-headed. And she loves SMU more than anyone I’ve ever met.

Honored by her husband: Kenneth Z. Altshuler, M.D.


Dorothy Amann

SMU’s first president, Robert S. Hyer, once said, "Miss Amann was present for many of the important decisions related to the founding of this University. Much of SMU’s success is due to her efforts." As his secretary from the time that Southern Methodist University received its charter in 1912 until 1920, Miss Amann’s impact on the university can still be seen in many ways. Her most well-known contribution was the winning submission in the campus-wide contest to choose a school mascot. She was struck by the idea of the Mustang while watching the team practice from her office in Dallas Hall: "Why, out there, on the football field, it looks just like a bunch of wild Mustangs!" Miss Amann had a long career at SMU, going on to serve as the University Librarian. She was a loyal and dedicated member of the University community and was as instrumental to the success of this new institution as those whose names are more familiar at SMU.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, director and civil rights activist. Known for writing autobiographical books and poetry which have garnered numerous awards, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" for the inaugural of President Bill Clinton in 1993. She has a lifetime appointment as a Professor of American Studies at Wake Forests University. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on television, and joined the Harlem Writers Guild in the 1950s, then spent years abroad in Egypt and Africa, where she read and studied, learning French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Fanti, a West African language. She returned to the U.S. in the late 1960s and began her writing career with the prize-winning I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She has taught, written and appeared in film and television since that time, and received the Presidential Medal of Art in 2000. Maya Angelou continues to inspire people around the world with her poetry and prose.

Honored by: Sandy Kraus


Lois C. Bailey

For more than thirty years Lois Bailey was the librarian at Fondren Library at SMU. She was dedicated to the importance of books and reading, and was a pioneer for women in her field. Lois received many honors in her lifetime. She was president of the Texas Library Association in 1944 and received an SMU Distinguished Alumna Award in l969. She was also a pioneer for women in her church. She was the first woman to be a deacon and an elder in First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Dallas. She taught the young people in her church for many years with wisdom and love. She is remembered today for her contributions to SMU and its students, her dedication to her church and its youth, and for paving the way for women to succeed as she did with intelligence and grace.

Honored by: The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Foundation


Emmie Vida Slaughter Baine

That SMU, with its Symposium for the Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership, was at the forefront of U.S. universities in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the preparation of women for leadership was largely attributable to the vision and foresight, as well as to the energy, determination, political skills, considerable charm, and extraordinary ability to communicate, of Emmie Baine, then SMU’s Dean of Women.

Emmie was at the core of an enormous group (primarily, but certainly not exclusively, female) of students, faculty, and community leaders of disparate ages, interests, temperaments, and gifts whom she had gathered one-by-one and put to work. It was simply impossible to say "no" to Emmie, as all of us who worked with her and enjoyed her friendship learned. Those were heady days of excitement, optimism, and sharing of new ideas. Emmie had an uncanny ability to sniff out talent and unrealized (as yet) abilities and made the seemingly unlikely entirely possible. She had one doing things, thinking things, reaching for things one might otherwise have left completely untouched. Her legacy can be found in the thousands of SMU alumnae from all walks of life and from all points on the political spectrum living full, rich, complete lives. Emmie Baine is the very embodiment of why we need the Archives: to mark the lives and capture the contributions of remarkable women who might otherwise go unnoticed and remembered. Some of those remarkable women came before Emmie and inspired her; some of them worked by her side and achieved things with her; and all of those who come after her stand on her shoulders –whether they know it yet or not--and carry on the work of Emmie and all these remarkable women into new generations.

Honored by: Lea Courington


Helen Davis Barksdale

We are grateful for our mother’s constant and unconditional love for us through her long life. Widowed at the age of forty-two, she demonstrated strength, values, and a sense of humor that guided us all through happy and difficult times.

Honored by her daughters: Toni Terry and Mary Helen Bradford


Jean Lewis Barrar

Jean Barrar, our aunt, survived a serious form of cancer at the age of 36, and it totally changed her life. As a result, she has been an inspiration for thousands of cancer patients as one of the top volunteers for the American Cancer Society for almost 50 years. A highly intelligent woman, she has been a dedicated wife, caring mother and successful career woman. Today, she selflessly gives her time and moral support to others through her church, hospitals, homeless services and to those in her own retirement community.

Honored by: Nicki Nicol Huber and Dr. Myra Nicol Williams


Bernice Williams Bayless

My mother’s story as a woman of the Southwest is fairly typical. She was an Oklahoman by birth. In 1930 her dad left her and her mom when she was three years old. Her mom raised her alone with help and lots of love from aunts and uncles. She graduated from Tulsa University in 1949 with a degree in journalism and married my dad that summer. They led an extraordinary life together: wildcatters in New Mexico, ranchers in Colorado and philanthropists in their beloved Tulsa. I think Mom was continually challenged by an industry with great highs and lows, a husband with limitless energy, four children and continual tugs from Oklahoma. She met the challenge every single day…like I said, she led a fairly typical life, but it was priceless to her kids.

Honored by: Betsy Bayless McCord


Norma Lea Beasley

Born in a one room house in Springdale, Arkansas on September 9, 1931, Norma Lea shortly rose above her humble beginnings to build one of the largest women-owned businesses in Dallas. Norma became a licensed attorney by the age of 21 in 1953 as the only woman and youngest student in her class. Norma also completed a Bachelor of Science in Law degree in 1960 from the University of Arkansas after moving to Dallas and attended SMU where she continued her graduate studies in real estate and business. Norma was a proponent of a strong educational foundation, and she contributed by teaching business law and real estate at SMU’s downtown campus and helped establish real estate departments at area junior colleges. Norma and her long-time business partner, Imogene Walker, established Trinity Abstract & Title Company in Ellis County, Texas in 1965 and within a few years, Norma and her partners owned one of the largest independent title companies in Texas. Throughout her career, Norma served on numerous boards, was awarded countless honors, and was always willing and generous with her time and money. Norma lived her Christian faith and kept three rules - work hard; be ethical and fair; and maintain integrity.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Blake Allan Beeler

Blake Allan Beeler was born in 1914 in Galveston and died in 2009 in Victoria, TX. She lived most of her life in Texas City, TX. It is difficult to find words to describe Blake; she was extraordinary. Blake was a much treasured blessing to her family and her friends. All of her life was dedicated to the people she knew and loved. One of her children’s friends became a celebrated author represented by a prestigious New York publisher. In one of her books she created the character of the stepmother who redeemed her stepson. The book’s editor wanted the author to change the character of the woman because no one could be that good and love that much. The author refused because she had patterned that character after someone she knew… Blake.

Honored by her children: Mary Blake Meadows, Dr. George Beeler, & Melissa Daniel


Darlene Prouse Birkes

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and in history, Darlene Birkes pursued a long and admirable career in teaching and in writing. Her achievements were augmented by her talent for leadership in seizing every opportunity to contribute to the communities in which she lived. As an historian, she has led countless efforts in historic preservation; as a journalist she has been a tireless reporter to multiple media, and as an artist she has constantly promoted the arts in her community. I honor her for her attainments, revere her for her fortitude in playing the hand circumstances dealt her, and love her for the memories and unbreakable bond we share. "It was nice growing up with someone like her -- someone to lean on, someone to count on… someone to tell on!"

Honored by her sister: Ruth P. Morgan


Lillian Bradshaw

Lillian Bradshaw was a trailblazer for women librarians. She was among the first married women to be hired as a librarian by the City of Dallas in 1946, then 16 years later became the first female Dallas Public Library Director, as well as the first woman in the nation to lead a major city library system. Days after she was named director of the DPL, a member of the Dallas City Council tried to censor selection of books purchased by the library. She fought back and won with the backing of Dallas citizens for her stand. She remained a strong supporter of the freedom to read without censorship of particular books, as was demanded occasionally by individuals or groups. Mrs. Bradshaw led the efforts to raise the forty million dollars needed for the construction of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. She also directed the expansion of the branch libraries, overseeing the construction of 18 of the city’s 25 branches during her tenure from 1962 until 1984. During that time she was also elected president of the American Library Association, and was on the short list for being named Librarian of the Library of Congress in Washington in 1975. However, she asked that her name be removed from the list because she loved Dallas and wanted to remain here working "people to people."

I honor her for her devotion to Dallas libraries and refusal to bend to demands for censorship of books in the Dallas libraries.


Wanda R. Brice

Wanda Brice is a pioneer in working in the field of Information Technology. Early in her career, she was the Manager of IT Operations at Modern America Companies (CN/A Financial) as well as the Manager of Client Services (IT) at Mobil Oil Corporation. Showing her entrepreneurial spirit, Wanda founded and served as President and CEO of two companies, Legal Documentation Systems, Inc. and Computer Directions, Inc. Wanda has said that the thing she has loved most has been mentoring young women new to the workplace. When she was CEO of Legal Documentation Systems, Inc. (LDSI), she hired employees right out of college and said "It was wonderful to see them learn and fly." Her company hired more experienced computer specialists but they still received the mentoring that Wanda thought essential to success. She left the world of business in order to "take it easy" and travel with her husband. That was short-lived when she was asked to become the CEO of The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future in Dallas, TX. In her new capacity, Wanda created events and programs that increased the visibility of the Museum in Dallas, the State of Texas and nationally. The Museum offered her the opportunity to repeat the hiring and training of a young staff as well as creating programs for girls and young women to foster their careers and enrich their work experience Her corporate board experience, community service, honors/awards, speaking engagements and media interviews are vast in number. Among her many awards, she is most proud of the Athena Award from the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce (now the Regional Chamber of Commerce) and the Public Policy Advocate Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners at the national level. She has also served with distinction on the Archives of the Women of the Southwest Advisory Board.

Honored by her friend: Becky L. Schergens


Rebecca Bright

Becky has made a difference in the Dallas Community through selfless actions and a lifelong commitment to voluntarism for 50 years. Becky is a remarkable Dallasite who has dedicated her life to family and non-profit organizations. Becky’s sense of community coupled with her ability to build relationships makes her extremely effective. Her determined dedication to make organizations stronger and better on a daily basis is rewarded in the countless lives she has touched in the Dallas community through her grace, compassion and leadership. Becky was named 2010 Junior League of Dallas, Sustainer of the Year; has served as Board Chair of Senior Source; Chair of United Way board; Chair of Crystal Charity Ball; ChildCareGroup Board member. She was recognized by Senior Source in 2011 with the "Spirit of Generations" Award and by United Way in 2002 with the J. Erik Jonsson Award for Volunteerism. She also received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award in 2008 and was named the 2009 Distinguished Alumni at Thomas Jefferson High School. She currently serves as a trustee of Communities Foundation of Texas.


Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker watched helplessly as her sister, Susan G. Komen, died at the young age of 36 after a three-year battle with breast cancer. Before Susan died, Nancy made a promise that would change the world: to end breast cancer forever. Two years later, Nancy recruited a small group of friends living in Dallas, Texas and launched Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which has become the global leader of the breast cancer movement, creating the world’s largest grassroots network of cancer survivors and activists, investing hundreds of millions of dollars each year for research, education, screening and treatment and encouraging governments everywhere to make cancer a top priority. In addition to her endless contributions in the breast cancer movement, Nancy has served the United States and as former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary and U.S. Chief of Protocol. She was singled out as an agent of change in TIME’s "100 Most Influential People" in 2008.

Honored by her friend and colleague: Susan Carter Johns, for Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Lottye Brodsky

Early in her career, Lottye Brodsky was a pioneer in the area of special education, successfully advocating for changes in Texas schools that created classroom opportunities for students with learning challenges. Many of the special education programs that today we take for granted are a part of our school system because of Lottye’s vision, leadership and sheer tenacity. As her career evolved, Lottye began to apply the experience and leadership skills that served our special needs children so well to other programs for children throughout the North Texas area. Crafting a business model that enabled her to serve as interim director of nonprofit organizations in transition, she provided leadership for some of the anchor social and childcare agencies in our community; often introducing new management concepts into the agencies as she worked with staffs during some of their most difficult times. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Camp Summit, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, the Vogel Alcove, Hope Cottage and the Dallas Furniture Bank are but a few of the organizations that have benefitted from her leadership.

Constantly in demand for counsel and advice, she has given unselfishly of her time to countless aspiring and seasoned nonprofit leaders who seek to capitalize on her insights and experience to advance their own careers and organizations. She is a "go to" person who can always be counted on for candid, to-the-point, yet compassionate conversation about matters that matter. She is a loyal friend and trusted colleague who has made a difference in her community. She is a heroine to many and has earned her place on a list of women who have positively influenced our great State of Texas.

Honored by : Bobby B. Lyle


Ina Corinne Brown

Ina Corinne Brown encouraged an empathetic approach to social anthropology. Based out of Nashville, this brilliant and well-liked teacher was educated formally at SMU, London School of Economics, and the British Museum, but arguably her most formative experiences came from her field research on race in Europe, Asia, and Africa. While on her travels, Ina had the opportunity to interview Mahatma Gandhi as well as Toyohiko Kagawa. In 1929–30 she and a woman companion crossed Central Africa from the mouth of the Congo on the west coast to what is now Kenya on the east coast, a distance of 1,700 miles. It was a journey that probably no woman had made before that time. The two traveled by boat and train, were carried in hammocks, and walked. Later, while employed with the federal government’s National Survey of Higher Education for Negroes, Ina assisted black colleges throughout the United States to develop their curricula. In her later years her health was poor, but she continued her reading and writing–especially letters to the Nashville daily papers.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Ann Cooley Buckley and Laura Ten Eyck Byers

I came to this country as a young bride in 1970, leaving behind friends and family, Queen and Country. Ann and Laura took me into their hearts and their families. They became my American mothers. They taught me how to cook without recipe books, how to repair a zabaglione that had been beaten too much, how to create a graceful home, how to engage one’s heart and mind beyond the quotidian, and above all – to have a sense of humor when the going gets tough! When I needed a home, they took me in; when I felt lost, they were always there at the end of the phone and never ever said no, we can’t do that. They turned my tears of woe into tears of laughter. When it became clear that I might need to be the sole supporter for my daughters, they found me a job, and then mentored and encouraged me to move up the career ladder. Individually and together as the longtime friends they were, they gave so much to me, but also showed me how much I can give back to others – for which I, and my girls, are eternally grateful. Thank you, dear friends, from the bottom of my heart!

Honored by: Gillian M. McCombs


Barbara Pierce Bush

Since leaving the White House in 1993, former First Lady Barbara Bush continues to serve others with the same energy, goodwill and humor that have endeared her to so many people around the world. A tireless advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush has helped countless charities and humanitarian causes during her years in public life. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which supports programs in which parents and children can learn and read together, and has created or expanded more than 700 family literacy programs in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation has established and continues to support statewide literacy programs in Texas, Maine, Florida and Maryland. Mrs. Bush serves as Honorary Chair of the Foundation and hosts its annual fundraiser, "A Celebration of Reading," in Houston and Dallas. Mrs. Bush also has contributed to literature as the author of two children’s books, C. Fred’s Story and the best-selling Millie’s Book, whose profits benefited literacy programs. She also wrote the best-selling autobiography, Barbara Bush: A Memoir and Reflections: Life After the White House. She is the mother of four sons and one daughter and loving grandmother to 17 grandchildren. With Abigail Adams, she shares the historic distinction of being the wife of a U.S. President and the mother of a U.S. President. Barbara Bush well understands the challenges and rewards of public service and serves as an example to others.

Honored by: Ann Warmack Brookshire


Laura Welch Bush

Laura Welch Bush, a distinguished graduate of Southern Methodist University, has devoted her life to education, whether teaching in the classroom, working as a librarian, supporting reading initiatives or serving as an international advocate for literacy. As First Lady of Texas, she championed literature by organizing the Texas Book Festival and led progress in the state’s schools. As First Lady of the United States, she established the first National Book Festival. She has taken up compelling issues of national and global concern, with an emphasis on child development, health care and human rights, mostly recently in Afghanistan. On behalf of women’s health, she has been an active participant in campaigns to raise awareness of breast cancer and heart disease, both in the United States and around the world. At SMU, her achievements are recognized through the Laura Bush Promenade, contributed in 1999 by then Governor George W. Bush to honor his wife’s contributions to libraries and literature, and including tributes from her SMU friends and classmates. Her alma mater has honored her with its Distinguished Alumni Award. A member of the SMU Board of Trustees, she is providing leadership for the University during unprecedented years of progress. Her friends are honored to pay further tribute to Laura Bush through her inclusion in the Archives of Women of the Southwest. "She is an inspiration to us all."

Honored by: Ann Warmack Brookshire


Sara Isadore Callaway

Writing under the pen name of Pauline Periwinkle, Isadore Callaway was the first women’s editor of the Dallas Morning News. Her weekly column appeared on her "Women’s Century Page" from 1896 until her death in 1916. Her columns championed the needs of women and children by promoting issues such as pure food ordinances, playgrounds, juvenile courts, a public library, free kindergartens,and suffrage. She encouraged local club women to take on these Progressive Era causes that would improve life in Dallas and in doing so brought the national movement for social reform to Dallas.

Honored by her biographer: Jackie McElhaney


Gladys W. "Sis" Carr

Sis has devoted much of her lifetime to developing the arts community in Dallas. She has chaired numerous galas and boards, founded several arts organizations and raised significant funds out of her strong desire for Dallas to support a thriving arts community. Her ability to engage others to participate has been key to her achievements. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater and many more arts organizations have benefitted from her dedication.

Honored by: friends of Sis Carr


Vivian Castleberry

We have chosen to honor Vivian Anderson Castleberry because she is a trailblazer for women in the field of journalism, the founder of Peacemakers Incorporated, and a mentor to countless women in the Southwest and throughout the world. Because of her lifelong commitment to the empowerment of women and her 87-year residence in the State of Texas, it is particularly appropriate that Vivian Castleberry be recognized in the SMU Archives of the Women of the Southwest. Ms. Castleberry is a native Texan, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and an SMU Distinguished Alumnae. From 1956 to 1984, she served as the women’s editor of the Dallas Times Herald. She headed the "Living Section" of the paper and was the first woman named to the paper’s editorial board. During her 28-year tenure at the Herald, Ms. Castleberry won numerous journalism awards including three "Katie" awards given by the Press Club of Dallas, two United Press International awards, a state Headliners award, two University of Missouri awards for overall excellence of women’s pages, a Southwestern Journalism Forum award, and the Buck Marryat Award given by the Press Club of Dallas for "outstanding contributions to communications."

In 1984, Ms. Castleberry was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. She has been honored with the Laurel Award given by the American Association of University Women; a Women Helping Women Award given by the Women’s Center of Dallas; a Women Helping Women Award given by the Soroptimist Club; the Extra Mile Award given by the Business and Professional Women’s Club; and the Susan B. Anthony Award, now hosted by the League of Women Voters of Dallas. Since taking early retirement in May of 1984, Ms. Castleberry has written four books: Daughters of Dallas, The Texas Tornado, Sarah the Bridge Builder, and Seeds of Success. In 1987, after making trips to the Soviet Union as a "grassroots Citizen Diplomat", Ms. Castleberry founded Peacemakers Incorporated. In 1988, she served as Chairwoman of Peacemakers’ First International Women’s Peace Conference, which was attended by over 2,000 delegates from 57 countries. She continues to advise Peacemakers, which has hosted two additional international women’s peace conferences. In honor of Ms. Castleberry, Peacemakers created the Castleberry Peace Institute in 2008 to develop peace studies curriculum for students of all ages and cultures.

Ms. Castleberry serves as a consultant to other writers, has taught at local community colleges, and makes numerous speeches for various local and national organizations, including the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. She is married to Curtis W. Castleberry, a retired high school teacher. Together they raised five daughters and have 14 grandchildren.

Honored by: Liz Cowles, Margaret Culgan, Carol Crabtree Donovan, Elite Facility Systems (c/o Tricia Holderman), Dr. Catalina E. Garcia, Susybelle Gosslee, and Louise Raggio


Mary Dawson Chambers

Mary Dawson Chambers is a woman of many talents. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics and from Duke University with an History. She has resided in Bernalillo County (includes Albuquerque) New Mexico (NM) for over 45 years. In our friendship, I have seen many manifestations of her talents including magnificent handiwork…exquisite quilts, crocheting, knitting, sewing, art work…all done with creativity and perfection. So, you can imagine how surprised I was to learn of Mary’s professional career as a pioneer in firefighting! She joined the Bernalillo County Fire District in 1972 and was among the first group of women to take Firefighter 1 at the New Mexico State Fire School. Serving as Assistant Chief for Purchasing and Training, she became the first woman in Volunteer District 10 in Bernalillo County NM to become Fire Chief serving from 1980 until 1988. She developed courses and taught a Fire Service major at the then Albuquerque Technical and Vocational Institute (TVI). Along the way, Mary became a leader in the National Fire Protection Association. In 1982, she was elected as the first woman to the NFPA Fire Service Section Board and in 1997 was the first woman to win the NFPA Committee Service Award. She also served from 1993 -1995 as the Director of Public Safety in Bernalillo County (assistant county manager) and Acting Fire Chief (the highest ranking, non-elected woman in county government for that period). Among her numerous accolades, she was honored with two other women volunteer fire chiefs from the 1980’s at the 25th Anniversary Conference of Women in the Fire Service.

Honored by her friend: Becky L. Schergens


Sarah Horton Cockrell

Sarah Horton Cockrell was an early Dallas businesswoman and entrepreneur who kept records, managed the money and handled the correspondence for her husband Alexander Cockrell in the first decade of Dallas’ history. After his death in 1858, she took over the family businesses which included a construction company, a sawmill and a gristmill plus rental property. She built one hotel that burned in the 1860 Dallas fire, but quickly built a second hotel that she named the Dallas Hotel. She followed this by building an iron suspension bridge across the Trinity River after the Civil War. When the bridge was completed in 1872 it linked Dallas with all the major roads to the south and west. Sarah Cockrell invested in land, residential subdivisions and commercial buildings so that by 1892 she owned nearly one-fourth of downtown Dallas, plus several thousand acres of Dallas County farm land. Although she was publicly reticent in her business affairs, she was known for her hospitality and her generosity to charitable causes and considered by many to be Dallas’ first capitalist.

Honored by an admirer of her talents as a brilliant businesswoman who raised a family of five children as a widow.


Patricia Conner Coggan

She has made a significant contribution to her profession, her sorority, her philanthropies, her community and her family. Her literary and historical contributions have been exceptional in scope and duration. Her teaching career has spanned three generations of young girls and women who regularly remind her of their achievements.

Honored by her husband: Leland L. Coggan


Grace Hartnell Conner

Imagine in 1928, a young woman from her small Nebraska town leaving to go to Denver, Colorado, to get a j-o-b at 25. She was probably considered an old maid. This was not a time when young women were professionals, and they did not leave their small towns, unless it was for marriage. Grace was different: she wanted adventure and to gain a sense of purpose. Working for a Savings and Loan there, she soon found a better position with the Camp Fire Girls Association where she ran summer camps. Realizing Grace Hartnell was special, the Association sent her to New York City for additional training. In 1932 when she was 29, they sent her to Oklahoma City to establish the Camp Fire Organization in the state of Oklahoma, which she did, in not only Oklahoma City, but Tulsa and Muskogee as well. Grace Hartnell would not let any societal norms keep her from taking on this challenge, and she certainly would not permit herself to fail. She was a trailblazer and that legacy lives on in my daughter, my granddaughters, and me. We are strong women who wake up every day wanting to make an impact on the organizations and people we know. We are bold, smart, and funny, just like Grace.

Honored by her daughter and granddaughter: Patricia Conner Coggan and Sharon Coggan McBride


Eleanor Nelson Conrad

One of my early memories of my mom is watching her on the evening news. She was participating in a sit-in at the Greyhound bus station lunch counter. There she was, dressed to the nines, risking arrest for being denied a cup of coffee. Eleanor Nelson Conrad is a civil rights pioneer, a community servant who has dedicated her life to making the world a better place not just for me but for people everywhere.

Honored by her daughter: Cecilia Conrad


Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft

Juanita Craft was born in Round Rock, Texas in 1902, the granddaughter of slaves, and she lived her adult life in Dallas, dying in 1985. Her courageous parents, both of whom graduated from college in the 19th Century in Texas, instilled in her the belief that she could make a difference as an individual. With love, patience, and determination, she was a lifelong leader in efforts to gain equal rights for Blacks and women. During her life she was recognized for her work in civil rights by four U. S. Presidents: John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought her council during the 1960s, and she was awarded Dallas’s Linz Award for Community Service in 1968. I want her legacy to become part of the permanent records of significant Women of the Southwest.

Honored by: Judith Garrett Segura


Mary Craig

Mrs. Mary Kittrell Craig arrived in Dallas in 1879 with credentials as a teacher and former private school president. She continued her teaching at the Dallas Academy and the new YWCA before establishing a series of courses in 1891 for women who wanted to broaden their intellectual horizons in an era when few women attended college. For thirty years her talents as an educator attracted a large following of women who were devoted to attending her lectures grounded in classical history and literature, with study tours to Europe also among her offerings. She was regarded as a brilliant woman by her classes, so much so that after her death in 1921, several of her classes decided to merge into a new class honoring her and naming it the Mary K. Craig Class. The Class has met continuously since 1921, although the format of having members present programs for the Class has been replaced by the appearance of many notable speakers including Amelia Earhart, Ogden Nash, Doris Kerns Goodwin, and numerous local luminaries.

I honor her as a teacher whose talent for bringing history and literature alive inspired a legion of women to continue to pursue knowledge beyond their school years.


Garland Mac Cullum

Mac Cullum was magical. She could write. She could sing. She could play the piano. She could make everyone she met feel miraculously renewed, restored, ready to return to the world and try again. She knew all about persistent effort, and how to pace herself through times both lovely and demanding. She delivered on her obligations, left no promise unaccounted for, never missed an opportunity to do the thing that was nice and generous and sometimes undeserved. She had fantastic style, and style, of course, mocks death. Style keeps death at bay. It worked for her for a long, long time. For that she will be remembered, and, to quote Virginia Woolf, also as a "voice that once wreathed the fruits into phrases."

Honored by her daughter: Lee Cullum


Marjorie Currey

education as a life process with no boundaries
embracing life and knowledge with passion
making the connection between disciplines with clarity
drawn to teaching with a religious calling

Honored by: Fred Currey


Linda Pitts Custard

Linda Pitts Custard is a woman dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all. There is no limit to her willingness to serve others. Her love for the arts and education is manifested in some fifty years of tireless service and leadership so to benefit others. While seeking no personal recognition, she honors her family, her friends, her community and the greater mankind through her thoughtful and generous deeds.

Honored by her husband: William A. Custard


The Dallas Summit

Founded in 1989, The Dallas Summit is a local network of women leaders from diverse communities and areas of expertise who are actively involved in the community. In generating connections among its members by sharing experiences and knowledge and by enriching each other’s lives through friendship, the organization strives to contribute toward strengthening the community as a whole through networks that open possibilities for inclusive leadership and that bring a community-wide bank of expertise to community issues and challenges.

Honored by: Members


Libby Sumrall Daniels

Libby leads by example. She was widowed at age 36 and raised her children single-handedly and with style. She kept a beautiful home and cherished being a wife and mother. She is a marvelous woman of faith and very active in the First Baptist Church of Dallas where she helped establish partnership missions in South America, Africa, Australia, Western Europe, Great Britain and the United States. She continues to inspire those around her.

Honored by her daughter: Diane Thomas


Isabelle Thomason Decherd

Isabelle was a woman of great character, insight and humor. Born in 1916 in El Paso, Texas, she graduated from the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. while her father served in Congress from 1931 to 1947. Isabelle graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she met her future husband H. Ben Decherd. She helped establish the Dallas County Heritage Society and was instrumental in developing Old City Park in its early phases. She and Ben had two children, Robert William Decherd of Dallas and Dealey Decherd Herndon of Austin.

Honored by her daughter-in-law: Maureen H. Decherd


Margareta Deschner

Margareta Deschner is known today as the namesake of the prestigious Margareta Deschner Teaching Award given biennially by The Women’s and Gender Studies Program to a member of the faculty "who exemplifies outstanding teaching about women, gender or sexuality in any discipline." Margareta taught the first women’s studies course offered at SMU as well as Modern German literature, drama and Scandinavian literature. After graduating from secondary school in 1938, Margareta enrolled at the University of Helsinki to study literature and languages. While taking classes, she volunteered for the women’s auxiliary corps, serving on the front lines in the two wars fought by Finland against the Soviet Union in 1939-1944. Margareta was passionate about her work and was a proponent of "humanizing" elective courses at the university. Her commitment to pedagogy is reflected in her professional publications which analyze courses that she taught and offer creative solutions to classroom challenges she encountered. She was flexible, reflective, and genuinely concerned with her research and her students.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Ann Early

Many SMU students will remember Ann Early in part for her championing, development, and teaching of the Women’s Studies program, but all of her students – even those of us who studied there earlier (as I did) – remember her for so much more as well. My first impression of Ann Early, made when she was my professor in my small freshman Nature of Man class, is the same as my most recent one: a woman of grace, radiance, and enormous personal warmth and humor – one hears the phrase "laughing eyes", but Ann Early is the only person I have ever seen who actually has them – allied to a bracing, disciplined intelligence and a fierce goodness. Her Nature of Man seminars were models of civilized discourse. Ann discouraged all of us from accepting the superficial or poorly reasoned conclusion and nurtured in all of us instead an appreciation of nuance, ambiguity, and complexity of thought. Ann has always been unstinting and generous with her time, with her willingness to listen, and with her wisdom, all of which sometimes involved her leading me to find not the answer I had expected or thought I had wanted, but a better answer. In the many hours I spent talking with her in class, in her office, and in her home (both while I was at SMU and in years after that), I saw first-hand that life rich with promise and experience was not just an ideal but something that could indeed be had—Ann was a living example of it. I can think of no one whom I have ever known personally for whom I have ever had a greater admiration, and her example always has been, and always will be, for me, a fixed point in a turning world.

Honored by her student: Lea Courington, SMU ‘74


Jeannette Early

Jeannette Brown Early was generous, both as a philanthropist and a volunteer. Her financial gifts helped support an array of groups, from the Dallas Children’s Theater to Grace Presbyterian Village. She even helped older individuals who had outlived their pensions. For decades, she gave her time and money to the Washington Street Presbyterian Mission, a day-care and social-services center for the Roseland Homes housing project. Mrs. Early did everything at the center - from reading to the children to providing day care to securing a headquarters building for the mission. When Dallas schools were desegregated, she helped Roseland Homes students peacefully integrate Hillcrest High School. Born in Big Spring, Texas, Jeanette was a tireless supporter of education, and her support was felt by countless educational non-profits that sought to improve learning in Dallas.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Frances Tarleton "Sissy" Farenthold

Sissy Farenthold does not get intimidated easily. As a female in the male dominated world of law and politics, Sissy pushed herself to succeed despite the obstacles she encountered. In a student body of 800, Sissy was one of only three women in the University of Texas Law School. In 1968, Farenthold gained a seat against all odds in the Texas legislature. She went on to run for the Texas Governor’s office in 1972, the same year she was nominated (by Gloria Steinem) as the first female Democratic candidate for the US vice presidency. Later, she served as the first woman president of Wells College. Quite a list of accomplishments for a feisty girl from Corpus Christi! Farenthold made a name for herself as the "den mother" of reformers in the Texas House, her courage to take on the corruption there made her a national hero. However, she has worked with women’s groups and anti-nuclear, peace, and human rights groups in addition to her political work. Women in politics today owe much to Sissy; her strong commitment to challenging the establishment has paved the way for a long line of strong women in politics.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Ella Fondren

One would be hard-pressed to name a philanthropist, that has made more of an impact on the Southwest than Ella Fondren. Perhaps it was while helping to take care of her six siblings following her father’s death or while working in her family’s boardinghouse as a teenager in Corsicana, Texas that Ella developed the desire to help others. The establishment of The Fondren Family Foundation in 1948 allowed Ella to generously provide support to numerous universities, churches, libraries, and hospitals. At SMU, the Fondren Library Center’s success and growth over the years is a direct result of Ella’s initial commitment to promoting the quality of education that libraries support. Ella regularly visited the institutions her family had assisted, evaluated their facilities, and insisted that the buildings she funded be large and the equipment state-of-the-art. Following her husband’s death, Ella carried on their philanthropic interests and assumed some of his directorial posts. Ella died shortly before her 102nd birthday in 1982, but her family foundation continues to honor her legacy as a shining example of the huge impact that a philanthropic mind can have on a community.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


China Galland

Born and raised in Texas, China is the award winning author of Love Cemetery, Unburying the Secret History of Slaves. She also wrote, Longing for Darkness, Tara and the Black Madonna, the first book published on the Black Madonna in the United States. She is the recipient of a Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency and has won several awards for her fiction from the California Arts Council. China is professor in residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on race, religion, the arts, the environment and reconciliation.

Honored by her cousin: H. Winfield Padgett, Jr.


Catalina E. Garcia

As one of the first Latinos to graduate from UT Southwestern Medical School, Catalina has served the medical profession as an anesthesiologist and has been a role model for many young women. She has been a leader in women’s issues for over 30 years. She has served as a member of the National Science Foundation/National Air and Space Administration’s Model Institutions as vice chairman of the American Medical Women’s Association and as an alternative delegate to the Texas Medical Association’s House of Delegates.

Honored by: Dallas Anesthesiology Group, P.A.


Judith W. Gibbs

This citation honors Judy Gibbs for 40 years of active involvement, service and leadership in the Dallas community. With many interests, her primary focus has been education. She entered the job market in the Richardson Independent School District with a degree in education, where she taught the sixth grade. She was active in the PTAs in the schools her sons attended and served on the Board of the Highland Park Independent School District for nine years, two as its president. With special dedication she has supported agencies, programs and activities directed to education in early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools, and higher education. Her involvement has been through Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, ChildCare Group, East Dallas Community School, The Salvation Army, Dallas Arboretum, United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, SMU Perkins School of Theology, SMU Annette Simmons College of Education, and Communities Foundation of Texas. Judy and her husband Jim are both active participants in community affairs.

Honored by: James A. Gibbs


Lorine Dieu Crenshaw Gibson

Lorine Dieu Crenshaw Gibson was a conservationist at heart and was devoted to and compassionate about plants, whether in the wild in East Texas or in her beautiful garden at home in Dallas. She was in many respects like the early plant hunters and collectors--always in search of new plants, new life and new knowledge to give to others. She once said, "I shall know life is simply lots of beginnings and endings with love that glues it together;" Lorine’s family, friends, and community experienced this sort of love from Lorine and are the better for it.

Honored her husband, David Gibson


Elise Hay Golden

Elise Hay Golden was closely associated with SMU from the time she was a young teenager, as she was the daughter of Mayor Stephen John Hay who served the city of Dallas at the time of the University’s inception and who campaigned vigorously for the bond election which brought SMU to Dallas and not Ft. Worth. Later, as a graduate of the Fine Arts Department of the University of Arkansas and an accomplished musician, she coached and substituted for professors and teachers in SMU’s Music Department from 1917-1919. In 1919, she became a member of SMU’s faculty, retiring in 1957.

Through all of the University’s lean years she maintained a healthy roster of students, teaching on a commission only and managing to give scholarships to worthy pupils. Sometimes these scholarships were given in return for their singing in the all volunteer choir at Highland Park Methodist Church, which she also directed from 1928-1946. Other major musical obligations were as conductor of the choruses for the Dallas Oratorio Society under orchestral direction of SMU’s Dean Paul vanKatwick, Dean of the Music School from early to late years. Also, Mrs. Golden for many years sang with the all-gentile quartet at Temple Emanuel until it moved to its present location. Midst all of her professional duties, she managed to be a loving daughter, wife and mother and a remarkably adored teacher both because of her musical expertise and her constant psychological support for her students. Secretly and affectionately they called her studio "Mrs. Golden’s Perfection Parlor."

Honored by her daughter: Frances Golden Ware


Carmen Goldthwaite

A seventh generation Texan, author, journalist, storyteller, and writing teacher, Carmen has inspired countless aspiring writers through her writing retreats and story writing seminars. She has taught nonfiction writing at SMU through its informal courses program and media writing at the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU. She now writes a column on Texas women syndicated throughout the state and is a freelance Texas history and travel writer. The column, "Texas Dames," tells the stories of Texas women who’ve pioneered in many roles and along many paths in Texas history.

Honored by her former student: H. Winfield Padgett, Jr.


Glenna Maxey Goodacre

Through her sculpture, Glenna has given special meaning to many societal values e.g. The Women’s Vietnam Memorial, Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Irish Starvation Memorial, the International Rotary Club’s efforts to eradicate polio--all the while being a loving Mother and a wonderful Wife.

Honored by her husband, C.L. Mike Schmidt ‘62


Elizabeth Ann Pierce Grayson

Elizabeth Ann Pierce Grayson (Liz) was born February 16, 1924 to Hallie Crutchfield and George Foster Pierce, a civic leader and president of Cullum and Boren Company. Her maternal great-grandparents, Frances and Charles Crutchfield, were early pioneers in Dallas County, arriving in 1846. They built and operated Dallas’ first hotel, The Crutchfield House, located in what is now Dealey Plaza. Frances was the first postmistress of Dallas County. Liz’s paternal grandmother, Llora Cullum Pierce, arrived in Dallas in 1872 with her father, Reverend Marcus Hiram Cullum, the founding pastor of Oak Lawn Methodist Church. Liz’s uncle, A. Frank Smith, later Bishop of the South Texas Conference of the Methodist Church, was the first pastor of Highland Park Methodist Church. Liz graduated from Highland Park High School in 1941 and from SMU in 1945, where she was a Class Favorite, a member of Mortar Board, a Rotunda Beauty, and received the "M" Award. She was also president of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and named to Who’s Who Among American College Students. A natural-born leader, Liz was co-founder of the College Organization for General Service (C.O.G.S.), a popular wartime service organization, as well as many other social groups. Ahead of her time, Liz was a true entrepreneur. In 1947, when her daughter Sally was born an avid doll-lover, Liz realized there were many beautiful dolls on the market, but no doll clothes! She solved that problem by founding Sally Ann Fashions, designing doll clothes for Madame Alexander dolls and finding a seamstress to sew her ideas. She then sold them to Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and I. Magnin in Chicago. Later in life she opened Elizabeth Grayson Antiques on Fairmont Street. She loved antiques and rummaging through the countryside to find beautiful pieces and then selling them at affordable prices, making friends of all her customers. Having learned to read at age three, Liz had a lifelong love of books, as well as a keen desire to travel. Liz easily developed friendships everywhere she went, with people from all walks of life. She never met a stranger, brought out the best in everyone, and always had a smile on her face.

Honored by: Sally Cullum ’79 and Elizabeth Grayson Donosky ‘08


Emily Bourne Grigsby

Emily is a loyal friend to her colleagues, a successful career woman in her own right, and certainly a force to be reckoned with to those people not committed to her high ideals of justice and truth. She is deeply passionate about life and shares her gifts generously and openly with others not as fortunate.

Honored by: Linda Wind


Johnnie Marie Grimes

Not only was Johnnie Marie a prominent figure at SMU at mid-century, but she tirelessly volunteered for women’s rights and education. Born in Bellville, Texas, she believed in the value of a strong educational foundation and received degrees from Southwestern University, Columbia University Teacher’s College, and Union Theological Seminary in New York. For 22 years, Johnnie Marie served as assistant to the President of Southern Methodist University, a position that gave her significant access to the developments of the growing university. She used her insider knowledge of the field of education to broaden the scope of her impact by serving on the Texas State Board of Education from the fifth Congressional District. She also showed support for women’s causes by serving for over two decades of duty in the local YWCA and on its board for most of those years.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Mildred Henderson Grinstead

Mildred Grinstead embodies all that women strive to achieve. She is a devoted mother and friend, as well as being a most gracious lady. Her commitment to Historic Preservation is evidenced through her incredible miniature representations of historic properties throughout the United States. She has shared her beautiful works with many institutions including Southern Methodist University, the Tyler Museum of Art and the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond in order to help future generations appreciate American history and architecture.

Honored by: Beth Whitney and Ann Brookshire


Celia Gross

I would like to honor my mother Celia Gross who was a woman who was "ahead of her time." She worked full time as a supervisor for the NYC Department of Welfare and she raised a family. She failed to get the promotion that was due, because she scored high grades on the administrator’s exam, because she was pregnant with my younger sister and the examiners said that they didn’t like her appearance!!!. She failed to gain entrance to the New School of Social Research to study for her masters in social work because they felt that she was too old (36yrs) and they wanted to give the place to someone who would work in social work for a longer time!!! . So I knew all about sex and age discrimination long before I faced it myself.

Honored by: Marion Sobol


Adlene Harrison

Adlene has been a leader in the Dallas community for many years. She serves as a role model for other women. She supports the ideas and values that make a city great and shares her time with groups that seek to make a difference in the lives of others.

Honored by: Lottye Brodsky and many other friends


Juanita Legge Harvey

As an artist and lover of nature, my mother saw beauty in the simple things of everyday life. She spent a lifetime taking care of her family, but somehow found the time to nurture her own creativity through painting.

Honored by her daughter: Caren Harvey Prothro


Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

Loretta Hawkins held various roles during her 37 years as an employee of SMU, including assistant to President C.C. Selecman and President Umphrey Lee. Regardless of her role, she developed and maintained excellent working relationships with the entire SMU community – from students to faculty, groundskeepers to presidents. As a testament to the high regard with which she was held in the local community, her retirement in 1961 was announced in a lead editorial in The Dallas Morning News entitled "Loretta’s Leaving." Her legacy is continued today through the annual Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award for excellence among university employees. Mrs. Hawkins was a single parent who was equally devoted to SMU and her family, working tirelessly through the depression (and a 66% pay cut for staff employees) to better the university, while also taking on part time and evening work to support her family. She had high standards of accomplishment in work, family, and the art of living.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Mary Hay

As SMU’s Dean of Women from 1923-1934, Mary Hay once joked that she "may have worked herself out of a job" when noting how well-behaved the student body on campus was. Her role as monitor, counselor, friend, and mother to the female students on campus was crucial in SMU’s early years when male students greatly outnumbered female. Mary was an integral part of university life and made an indelible mark on the lives of female students by preparing them to meet the problems of life with charity and understanding. Her legacy at SMU has been carried on through her gift of an endowment for a music scholarship, a gesture that not only provides insight into her personal appreciations but ensures that she is still making a positive impression on campus.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Mary Lynch Healy

As a single mother of six daughters and one son, Mary Lynch Healy lived a life of great faith and devotion to her family. Mary was a lifelong proponent of education, especially for women. She was born in 1925 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Alice Kerwin Lynch and John Thomas Lynch. Mary attended Ursuline Academy and graduated from North Dallas High School, and attended SMU before graduating from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis. Her oldest child is Maureen Healy Decherd of Dallas.

Honored by her daughter: Maureen H. Decherd


Lisa A. Hembry ‘75

Lisa Hembry hails from a family who serves. Her father, Winifred Anthony Hembry DDS, was the first African American dentist to serve the impoverished West Dallas Community and was a charter member of the Boys & Girls Club. Her mother, Wilma Hembry was a dedicated volunteer for the March of Dimes and other charitable organizations. Continuing the legacy, Lisa serves as president and CEO of Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) and is a passionate advocate for LIFT’s mission, which is to enhance lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read. She was the first African American to serve as Dallas County Treasurer and CEO of the Dallas Historical Society. She has also enjoyed successful careers in both commercial real estate and broadcast journalism. Deservedly she is the recipient of many honors and awards, including gubernatorial appointments to the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas County & District Retirement System. She received a Presidential appointment to the Institute of Museum and Library Services Board of Directors.

Honored by her many friends and admirers


Ima Honaker Herron

The 1958 issue of Southern Methodist University’s yearbook, the Rotunda, was dedicated to Ima Herron, a "teacher who has instilled a love of learning and a sense of true scholarship into her pupils." As the first female full professor at the university, Ima was not only a preeminent scholar and author in her field of English Literature, but she was passionate about post-secondary education and was involved in university life in many capacities. A teacher through and through, Ima celebrated her retirement after thirty years of teaching by continuing to teach as emerita professor for two more years! Ima served the university in numerous capacities including chairing the undergraduate honors program and serving on the Graduate Council of the Humanities, College Council, and Faculty Senate among others. A devout Methodist, Ima was for a time the president of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. Her commitment to the campus community garnered her multiple honors and awards, but her legacy at SMU has proven to be the best evidence of her commitment to her students and her studies.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Ela Hockaday

In September of 1913, seven years before women would gain the constitutional right to vote, Miss Ela Hockaday was asked by a group of Dallas businessmen to pioneer an academic institution for their daughters. Five days after accepting the group’s offer, she established Miss Hockaday’s School for Girls in a house on Haskell Avenue with an enrollment of 10. It was here, during the School’s early years, that she would build the foundation for what has become the largest and one of the most well-respected all-girls’ schools in the nation.

Born March 12, 1875, Miss Hockaday spent her early childhood in North Texas. She received a bachelor of arts from what is now the University of North Texas, and began her teaching career at numerous schools including the Jefferson School in Sherman. She attended The University of Chicago and The Teachers College at Columbia University before taking a position with The Presbyterian School in Durant, Oklahoma. After teaching science, she was named head of the biology department at Durant State Normal School in 1910.

As a teacher, Miss Hockaday sought to provide an educational environment that would prepare girls for an expanded part in the society of the future. Miss Hockaday’s School for Girls was her vision. She foresaw the changing role of women and provided each of her students a rigorous, classical education — unusual for girls’ schools of the time. Her Four Cornerstones — Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics — are the foundation of the School and continue to imbue its culture today.

Miss Hockaday retired as Hockaday’s Headmistress in 1946. She remained involved with the school until her death in 1956. "She offered education as ’the way’ for not just ’her girls’ but for women everywhere," said Ruth Johnson Kyle ’18, Hockaday graduate.

Honored by Hockaday’s Centennial Celebration committee


Mary Moore Hubbard Hosford

Dr. Hosford returned for graduate school at SMU and was awarded a Ph.D a number of years after completing her Bachelor degree also from SMU. She is an accomplished author and teacher. She earned a total of four sequential degrees from SMU: a BS, MLA, MS and a double Ph.D. She did excellent work at Baylor University Medical Center as the House Anthropologist for many years. Her great-grandfather was one of the founders of SMU. The university can be proud of the many things she has accomplished.

Honored by her husband: Gordon Hosford M.D.


Nicki Nicol Huber

Nicki Nicol Huber, a third generation Dallasite, received her BBA in Marketing from SMU in 1961. She has spent her life as a pioneering businesswoman, community volunteer and, later in life, a wife and grandmother. She fought for women’s rights to succeed in business beginning as a Christmas card door-to-door salesperson at the age of 12. She was the first woman management consultant hired by Booz, Allen and Hamilton in New York City and first woman member of the Rotary Club of Dallas. She became an owner and CEO of her parents family business, Nicol Scales, Inc. in Dallas, and ran it for over 20 years. She joined the National Scale Men’s Association and insisted that it recognize its women members as equal members resulting in an eventual name change to International Society of Weighing and Management and becoming President of the organization. She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and Treasurer of Executive Women of Dallas. She fought to have women owned businesses recognized as minority owned businesses to qualify for many corporate and government contacts. She also was a member of Dallas Jr. Achievement as a high school student and later Board Member. She loves to perform--singing and dancing in many theatrical productions throughout her life. She believes that education in the arts is as important to an overall education as math, science and reading. As a result, she has served on many boards in the arts including Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, and San Jose, CA Repertory Theater where she organized the first volunteer support group. She also served on the Los Gatos, CA Arts Council and currently sings with the Naples, FL Orchestra and Chorus. She is serving a third term on the SMU Library Executive Board. Other community volunteer activities included serving as President of the Dallas American Red Cross and Winaant Volunteers and member of many other boards. Nicki married for the first time at the age of 55 to Paul Edward Huber and they now reside in Naples, FL. She has two step sons and three grandchildren.

Honored by: Paul Huber


Lanell Curtis Hudson

She gave us life. She gave us direction. She gave us security. She gave us courage. She gave us her all.

Honored by her daughters: Pamela Nelson and Susan Moseley


Sarah T. Hughes

Sarah Tilghman Hughes, lawyer, judge and lifelong advocate of women’s rights, will be remembered for her path breaking role as a woman in the legal and judicial realm. As a federal judge who swore in Lyndon B. Johnson as President on Air Force One after the assassination of President Kennedy, she is the only woman in American history to have sworn in a United States President.

Born in 1896, Sarah Tilghman graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore and from The George Washington University Law School, becoming one of a small number of women lawyers across the nation. Following her marriage and move to Dallas in 1922, she became active in politics, serving in the Texas House of Representatives and then as the state’s first woman district judge, a position she held until 1961 when she became the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in Texas. Her commitment to women’s legal rights made her an exemplar and fierce advocate in a time when women’s status remained restricted and their roles circumscribed in the public and professional life of a community.

Honored by former President of her alma mater, Goucher College: Judy Mohraz


Caroline Rose Hunt

Our mother Caroline Rose Hunt has had many roles: Distinguished Alumna awardee of Hockaday, Mary Baldwin and UT-Austin, five-star hotelier, novel and cookbook author, traveler, gourmet cook, named a Grande Dame d’Escoffier, John F. Kennedy Center Board member, entrepreneur, Highland Park Presbyterian deacon, Fortune 500 corporate board member, gala honorary chair extraordinaire, philanthropist, Lady Primrose’s antique shop owner and tea room proprietor, mother of five, grandmother of nineteen, and great-grandmother of sixteen.

She has been able to do this because she is creative, gracious, kind, down-to-earth, has a deep faith and the biggest heart, and is comfortable to be with. There’s really no one like her.

Honored by her children.


Kay Bailey Hutchison

Although widely recognized for her leadership roles as United States Senator, former member of the Texas House of Representatives, and former Texas State Treasurer, it is for her role as the catalyst for an invitation to a group of women leaders in Dallas to become members of the Texas Forum of the International Women’s Forum in 1987 that she is being honored. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women’s Forum has grown into 21 nations and 62 affiliated forums across 5 continents, with more than 4,300 women leaders as members. In 1990 the international board of IWF accepted the Dallas members of the Texas Forum as a separate affiliated forum, only one of three cities in the U.S. with this status. Friends in IWF-Dallas also recognize Kay Bailey Hutchison for her appointment in 1993 to the first board of the Archives of Women of the Southwest and for serving as honorary chair of the "Remember the Ladies!" campaign for the Archives.

Honored by: Friends in IWF-Dallas


Molly Ivins

Newspaper columnist, political commentator, and author Molly Ivins was a firm believer in the power of words. Hers was a feisty voice, the voice of a folksy populist who derided those who she thought acted too big for their britches. While controversial at times, Ivins’ conviction was honored with countless awards including a being a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. A syndicated columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, her commentaries on Texas and national politics appeared in publications throughout the country. She was the author of several best-selling books, including Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?, You Got to Dance With Them That Brung You, and Shrub. She also wrote articles for numerous national magazines and her radio and TV commentaries were heard on National Public Radio, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and 60 Minutes. Molly was active in several media rights organizations, including Amnesty International’s Journalism Network. Rarely has a reporter so embodied the ethos of her publication; Molly was a seminal figure in the history of Texas journalism, a progressive and feminist icon.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Mary McDonough Jalonick

Mary Jalonick was born into a life of service to the community following family tradition. Over her lifetime in Dallas, she has served in leadership roles with many of the city’s most important service organizations. Since 1987, she has directed the operations of the Dallas Foundation, and in that role she has gained national, even international, recognition as a leader in philanthropy. She is most well known for her high ethical standards, her fairness, and her warm, gracious demeanor with all.

Honored by: Friends of Mary Jalonick


Nancy Pearce Jeffett

My mother was the founder of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and the Virginia Slims of Dallas International Championships. She has been honored by the Dallas Tennis Association and inducted into the Dallas and St. Louis Tennis Halls of Fame. Internationally, she has received the Hardy’s Award and the Carl Arnold Award for International Achievement. She founded the Bonnie Bell Cup and the Dallas Tri Cup. She was also inducted in the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame.

Honored by her daughter: Elizabeth Jeffett


Lady Bird Johnson

Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the nation’s 36th president, was born in Texas and remained devoted to her home state throughout her life. She supported her husband’s political career while making time to champion beautification and environmental projects throughout America. From heading up efforts to plant thousands of tulips and daffodils in Washington which continued to bloom for decades to her campaign for the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, as First Lady she was dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment. On her 70th birthday in 1982 she founded The National Wildflower Research Center in Austin and donated 60 acres and the funds to create a clearing house of information for people all over the country. The gardens of the Center as well as the knolls and embankments which border Texas highways display masses of colorful wildflowers each spring thanks to her iniatives. Shortly after her death in 2007 the city of Austin renamed their Town Lake "Lady Bird Lake" in her honor, a fitting tribute to an East Texas girl whose love for the great outdoors fostered a lifetime devotion to the preservation of the natural beauty of her nation.

Honored by an admirer.


Erin Bain Jones

Erin Bain Jones was a versatile woman who possessed both intellectual curiosity and a high level of energy to match it. After receiving a BA at UC Berkley in 1922 she enrolled in the first SMU law school class and graduated in 1928 as its first female graduate. She earned three more degrees at SMU, a masters in both Comparative Literature and Law, as well as Doctoral degree in Law. She authored two books about the law as it applied to ocean resources and to earth satellite communications. Her primary interest in oceanography and the environment led her to join research expeditions to both the North and South Poles to study energy and pollution related problems long before they appeared on the public radar. Mrs. Jones was a generous supporter of several colleges and universities in Texas, In 1959 she was the first alumnus of the SMU School of Law to give the school a fully-endowed student tuition scholarship. SMU recognized her as a Distinguished Alumna in 1962. She was also active in Dallas as cofounder and first President of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, and served on the board of directors of numerous Dallas cultural institutions.

Honored by an admirer of her foresight of environmental issues and her support of education.


Margo Jones

Margo Jones was known as the "Texas Tornado" by theater lovers who admired her work as a director and her courage in bringing new plays to the stage. In the 1930s she dreamed of establishing a network of nonprofit professional resident theaters outside New York, a daring idea at the time. With her success in directing Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie on Broadway in 1945, she was offered the chance to start her own theater in Dallas. The Dallas Civic Theater opened in 1947 as the first theater in the round and the first modern nonprofit resident theater in the country. It would provide the model for the resident theater movement of the 1960s and ’70s which transformed the American stage. Margo invented or fine-tuned many producing strategies, which she detailed in her book Theatre-in-the-Round (called the "bible" of the resident theater movement). Her first season premiered William Inge’s Farther Off from Heaven, later renamed The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Tennessee Willliams’ Summer and Smoke. By 1955 she had given world premiers for 70% of the plays she directed in Dallas, including Inherit The Wind which had been considered too controversial for Broadway until it proved to be a hit in Dallas. The Dallas Civic Theater closed in 1959 for financial reasons, but six decades after her idea took root in Dallas, there are hundreds of nonprofit resident theaters across the country – her legacy to theater lovers.

I honor her in appreciation of her artistic vision and the tenacity to make her dream a reality.


Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan, politician and educator, graduated from Texas Southern University and went on to receive a law degree from Boston University in 1959, passing the Massachusetts and Texas bar exams that same year. She returned to her home in Houston to set up her law practice and became involved in politics by registering black voters for the 1960 presidential campaign. Thanks to redistricting and increased voter registration, by 1967 she was elected to the Texas Senate, where she was the first African American state senator since 1883. She proved to be a pragmatic legislator and a master of detail and gained the respect of her white male colleagues who unanimously elected her president pro tempore of the Texas Senate in 1972. The next year she ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th Texas district and became the first black woman from a Southern state to serve in Congress. Her speech as a member of the House Judiciary Committee at the Watergate hearings in 1974 affirming her faith in the U.S. Constitution gave her national prominence and resulted in her becoming in 1976 the first woman ever chosen to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She retired from Congress in 1979 and returned to teach at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. As a trailblazer for women seeking public office, Barbara Jordan was a role model for future generations of women.

Honored by an admirer


Sandra Plowman Kraus

How fitting it is that Sandy Plowman Kraus, in a room of her own, has Dean Emmie Baine’s desk. I think that Sandy and Emmie on first meeting each immediately glimpsed in the other the kindred spirit lurking there and nurtured that spirit in each other through all the long years of their close friendship. If Emmie can be said to have passed the torch of her work and her passion to prepare women for leadership to an SMU student of our generation, it is to Sandy to whom she passed it, and Sandy has taken up and carried that torch with her own unflagging passion, vision, and energy--all of which she has now brought to bear in her work as an Archives advisory board member. A securities analyst in an era when not many women entered that field, much less succeeded in it as Sandy did, and now for a number of years an entrepreneur and partner with her husband in their own business, Sandy’s accomplishments in the financial and commercial world are a testament to her financial acumen, tenacity, and sound judgment and should serve as encouragement to other women. Yet just describing Sandy’s tangible accomplishments fails to provide a full portrait of her and fails to do justice to her intangible qualities. One cannot be with her long at all without being keenly aware of her love for her family and friends and of her vision of a world in which people are enabled to draw more fully on their own well-springs of generosity and empathy and on their own individual gifts to make the world a better place—and Sandy, like Emmie, is constantly deeply and actively engaged in enabling them to create that better world. For the more than thirty-five years I have known her, Sandy has astonished, inspired, and moved me and gladdened my heart more than I can ever say. I cannot wait to see what she does in the next thirty-five…and thereafter.

Honored by her friend: Lea Courington SMU ‘74


Laura Jean Lacy

Jean Lacy is a nationally recognized artist, and over many years she has provided extraordinary leadership as an intellectual in Dallas. She arrived in Dallas before the Civil Rights Movement when it wasn’t easy to be an intellectual, much less a female intellectual, and on top of that a Black female intellectual. She persevered and persisted, and through her art and her civic efforts she has become one of the nation’s most respected women of Dallas.

Honored by her friend and admirer


Patricia Ann LaSalle

Patricia Ann La Salle has dedicated her career in higher education to communicating more effectively its values and goals to a diverse and increasingly discriminating audience at institutions such American University, Georgetown University, and, now, SMU, where she serves as Associate Vice President for Public Affairs. Her work has won regional and national awards, including the Alice Beeman Award, one of the highest honors for professional achievement given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Patti’s influence has been felt across the university and within the Dallas community. She has taught as an instructor in the Meadows School of the Arts and has served for many years as an advisor to the President’s Scholars. She is the recipient of the "M" award, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the SMU community. She has been a valued counselor, particularly in troubled times, to three SMU presidents, working indefatigably to help SMU stay true to its values and to realize more fully its vision as a great institution of higher learning. Into my life, and that of our community, she has brought a deeply felt, eloquently articulated, and inspiring ideal of what we as a university should be. Since, as her husband, I have had a place in SMU’s story, I will always be grateful to her for her efforts to bring out the best in me as a teacher, scholar, departmental chair, and administrator.

As a woman who remembers too well the discrimination she experienced early in her career as a young professional in the private sector and, subsequently, as a staffer in the political world of Washington D. C., she has served as a role model and advocate for the young women who have followed her. Marsh Terry, SMU’s greatest citizen, once said that every time Patti sets foot on our campus it becomes a better place. And so it does. Therefore, I wish to honor, my wife, Patti LaSalle, herself a daughter of the Southwest, for what she has meant to our university, to her family, and, most of all, to me for the past twenty-five years.

Honored by her husband: Dr. James K. Hopkins


Liza Lee

Liza Lee served as the first Executive Director of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women 2004-2005. She is a national leader in the education of girls and young women. From 1989 to 2004, Liza was the Eugene McDermott Headmistress of The Hockaday School in Dallas where she established the school’s reputation as one of the best independent secondary schools in the country. In May 2005, SMU conferred upon Elizabeth M. (Liza) Lee the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. From 2005 to 2007, Mrs. Lee served as the Interim Head of School at the Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. On April 30, 2008, the Board of Trustees of Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas named Liza Lee the Interim Head of School.

Honored by: Ruth Sharp Altshuler


Margaret Cheatham Luttrell

For as long as I can remember, Grandma Margaret has been an inspiration, a source of comedy, and a willing and supportive teacher. It was to Grandma’s house I was determined to run away when I got in trouble as a child. It was Grandma who first taught me that a lady never tells her age, that tea and cookies at Neiman Marcus can solve any problem and that the love of one’s family is a well for which there is no bottom. If not for Grandma, I would never have been inspired to become a writer. Early on, Grandma taught me that a story need not be accurate to be true. She engendered in me her flair for language and her passion for books, knowledge and art. She taught me to love greatly and to take risks, to work hard and be kind to others.

Honored by her granddaughter: Andrea Luttrell, and other friends and family


Martha Ann Madden

From her first debut in the world of work as a teacher and then the youngest counselor in the Dallas Independent School District and as the youngest Dean of Women in the South, Martha continues to gather accomplishments, a real credit to SMU. From sea to shining sea best describes Martha’s talents and her travels. Martha has assisted women find appointments to boards and commissions, formulated congressional legislative responses to constituents’ needs, taught environmental professionals, directed a state department of environmental quality, launched a state small business assistance ombudsman program, guided policy and program development of a federal agency in the area of civilian radioactive waste management, and advised numerous clients in her very successful entrepreneurial ventures. A matching achievement is Martha’s travels to over 70 countries. Martha uses her SMU heritage to sail into the lives and hearts of thousands of students with Semester at Sea. Martha was inducted into the Louisiana Women’s Hall of Fame for her great achievements and assistance for a better society. We salute you, Martha, for your significant contributions to your community, your state, your country, and your world.

Honored by: Friends of Martha Ann Madden


Lucy Marsh

My aunt Lucy was an amazing woman. She graduated from UT in 1917 and taught school in Floydada and Clarendon, Texas for one year each. She was fired from both for teaching evolution. She then worked as a social worker in Chicago (where she flew home to Tyler, Texas in the early 20’s) and at a home for "wayward" girls in New York City. She finally got her dream job in publishing when the Depression hit. She came back to Tyler where she founded the Tyler chapter of AAUW and was a tireless worker for the Library, Planned Parenthood, and the Democratic Party. She was a bra burner before there were bras. She died at age 98.

Honored by her niece: Margaret Marsh Mebus


Hazel M. Marshall

Hazel was born in Blue Ribbon, Oklahoma on August 31, 1928 to Lester and Alpha Denney. She was one of ten children who lived in a small house. Life was difficult for the Denneys, and they worked hard to support their family. As soon as she was able, Hazel learned to work the fields with her father – and from that moment forward, Hazel was always working. Shortly after finishing high-school, Hazel decided she wanted to live in the "big city." She took all the money she had, and she boarded a bus to Houston. She didn’t know anyone in Texas, but she was determined to make it on her own.

Eventually, Hazel made her way to Dallas, where she met Joseph Woodrow "J.W." Marshall and was wed. Together, they had a beautiful daughter, Debra Louise. Although their relationship was filled with turmoil, J.W. was the "one and only" love of her life. After their divorce, Hazel struck out again to make it on her own. With very little borrowed money and a whole lot of courage, Hazel decided to start up a freight company. She bought a used pickup truck and started going through the phone book calling companies to see if they’d like her to make a delivery. Hazel’s Hot Shot was born.

Hazel was an entrepreneur far ahead of her time. As a single woman in the freight industry in Texas in the 1970s, Hazel faced many obstacles to success – but she persevered and continued to fight. By the time Hazel passed away on July 2, 2013, Hazel’s Hot Shot had grown to be one of the largest expedited freight companies in Texas. Hazel was a true pioneer. She was a mentor to many, a friend to all, and the center of her family. Her legacy will live on in the love and admiration of all who knew her, the success of her business, and in the Archives of the Women of the Southwest.

Honored by her grandson: Dustin Marshall


Dorothy Slocum Masur

Graduating from high school during the Depression, my mother went to work at 18 and began a lifetime process of educating herself. She encouraged her three daughters to pursue their varied interests and supported the choices they each made. Her energy, curiosity, and love of learning were an inspiration to her daughters who all graduated from SMU. I honor her for the role model she provided for us, teaching us that learning should not cease when we finished our formal education.

Honored by her daughter: Jackie Masur McElhaney


Pat Mattingly

Pat Mattingly served as the Head of The Lamplighter School for 26 years, succeeding the school’s founders, Natalie Murray and Sandy Swain. She devoted herself to a school that celebrates children and encourages a love of lifelong learning. Throughout her tenure she combined technology with teaching at a time when computers were foreign to classrooms and created an interdisciplinary curriculum infused with the fine arts. Pat made sure the school stayed true to being a place where classrooms and outdoor areas encouraged children to explore naturally, cooperatively, and eagerly in ways that made learning fun. Countless children and their families benefitted from the unique educational experience of The Lamplighter School, and "Miss Mattingly" ensured that the joys of learning in a delightful, child-centered environment would continue for generations to come.

Honored by friends of Pat Mattingly


Betty Janette Maynard

Betty was an outstanding educator. She graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. and received a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in the field of sociology. Betty taught at The University until she became a professor at SMU in the Department of Sociology. She supervised Japanese exchange students and taught at the university’s sister campus in Japan. After she retired, SMU named her an associate professor emerita of Sociology.

Honored by her brother: William Edward Maynard III


Gillian M. McCombs

At the heart of a great university there must be a great library, a repository of scholarship, ideas, facts, and insight. We used to think of libraries being places of burnished wood shelves filled with beautifully bound books and periodicals and a card catalog to help us find the books we seek. Yet today, with ubiquity of computers, the development of information technologies, and the rise of new phenomena such as cloud computing and social media , while libraries are still full of books and periodicals, they are so much more as well.

At this time of the expansion of the concept of libraries, SMU and all those who use its libraries are fortunate to have Gillian M. McCombs as the Dean and Director of the Central University Libraries. Her qualifications for this position are extraordinary in and of themselves, but it is also her vision for all that libraries can be in our present age and her leadership and management in achieving that vision that have caused me to honor her. I am confident that there are many others who similarly admire Dean McCombs, and I feel so privileged to get to be the one who honored her so that her name can join those of the other remarkable women honored in the Archives.

In addition, I have honored Dean McCombs for her enormous generosity of spirit, her grace in all things, her empathy, and her constant and selfless concern for others. She has given me insights in all sorts of areas, and her friendship is a source of unending delight to me.

Honored by: Lea Courington


Mary McCord

In 1915, Professor Mary McCord was appointed head of the public speech and expression department at SMU, and the dramatic arts scene on campus has flourished ever since. Her mastery of public speaking, debate, and theatrical interpretation made her a natural to head up the university’s first theater troupe, The Arden Club. Mary’s talent as a director and instructor helped The Arden Club to grow from a modest troupe performing classic Christmas tableaux at the university’s holiday dinner to bringing Shakespeare to the masses by drawing audiences from all over the metroplex. Mary channeled her love for the theater into her students and made a lasting impression on SMU’s fine arts today.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Jacquelyn Masur McElhaney

Jackie McElhaney is an enthusiastic supporter of libraries,especially the SMU and Dallas Public Libraries. Her love of learning finds expression through the encouragement of the enduring benefits of lifetime learning that libraries can provide for everyone.

Honored by her husband: John McElhaney


Mamie L. Abernathy McKnight

Dr. Mamie McKnight, lifelong educator and community leader, founded Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., to collect and preserve the legacy and heritage of the African American community in Dallas, where she was born and lived her whole life. She has devoted her many talents to the development of African American family and community life, historic preservation, particularly in southern Dallas, and to the education of Dallas youth. An award-winning scholar and professor, Dr. McKnight has been an indomitable pioneer in the strengthening of race relations and racial equality in Dallas.

Honored by: Judith Garrett Segura


Maura McNiel

Maura McNiel had a vision of what could be possible if women were able to achieve their full potential, and the positive impact that would have on everyone in the world around them. She worked with passion and persistence for over 40 years in Dallas for the advancement of women. A few of her many accomplishments include being a founder of the Women’s Center of Dallas, an influential nurturer of many other organizations, and pushing Title IX in the schools. She is honored to have the Women Helping Women Awards named after her and proud of the legacy of the Maura Award winners over the decades who have also improved the lives of so many in the Dallas area. On behalf of her family and friends, I am happy to honor her as part of the Remember the Ladies Campaign!

Honored by her daughter: Bridget McNiel


Helen Cavender Meadows

She was a teacher, bookkeeper, wife, mother and caretaker. She worked to allow her husband to get his doctorate; was the bookkeeper when he started his business; taught because she liked it; the mother of two children whom she raised, encouraged and nurtured; and the caretaker for her husband in later years. She was a woman of the 90’s, who did it all, without fanfare or publicity.

Honored by her son: Chuck Meadows


Patricia B. Meadows

Patricia Blachly Meadows is best known for her advocacy of the visual artists of Texas. She has co-founded numerous non-profit arts organizations, served on local and national arts boards and committees, and is a respected administrator, curator, speaker, juror, advisor and mentor. She is also an active and recognized Dallas civic leader in the development of State-Thomas, the Arts District, and Uptown. She has served as president, chair, and member of many city and community boards and been appointed by Governor Ann Richards and several Dallas mayors to positions of leadership for both the city and state. In addition, she is an advocate for women’s issues and has been an active participant in organizations recognizing and promoting women’s leadership nationally and locally. Finally, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother who adores her family.

Honored by her husband: Curtis W. Meadows Jr.


Ruth I. Allen Mewhinney, M.D.

Ruth I. Allen Mewhinney, M.D., was born May 22, 1916, in Dallas, Texas, to Sarah Mina “Sadie” (Stephens) and Austin Fletcher Allen. She entered Woodrow Wilson High School the year it opened and graduated in 1933. She became a “Mustang for life” and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1937. Ruth then attended the University of Texas Medical School, Galveston, where she met her husband of 52 years, classmate Logan Underwood Mewhinney. After graduation from medical school in 1941 and two internships, Ruth opened a brief private practice. After marrying Dr. Logan O. Mewhinney in 1945, Ruth focused on raising her family and dedicated her medical practice to Dallas’s “well-baby clinics” in West and South Dallas.

Not only was Dr. Allen a true pioneer as a lady doctor in early Dallas, she also established the field of Adolescent Medicine specializing in “Teen Age Girls” with a practice that opened in Preston Center in the late 1950s and continued until 2000, when she retired at age 84. Her compassionate and direct bedside manner earned her respect and love from patients and their families, colleagues, and her medical staff. Many of her patients never wanted to “grow up” and find another doctor. She often played the role of mentor and confidant when needed by her teenage patients. Dr. Allen was known for making house calls and taking phone calls from patients in the evenings, weekends, and on vacation. Until her final days, women ages 30-70 stopped her everywhere she went to say, “Dr. Allen! I was your patient!” and tell a story about how she had touched their lives.

Dr. Allen served on numerous medical and philanthropic boards, was a member of several professional and leisure clubs, and received many awards, including the Y.W.C.A. of Dallas Centennial Award, SMU’s “M” Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, and Centennial History Maker Award, to name a few. She frequently spoke on the topic of “Understanding Adolescents” to private and public schools, civic groups, parenting groups, churches, and sororities, ending her talk with these words: “always leave the lines of communication open.”

Ruth lived 100 purposeful and joy-filled years! She enjoyed a glass of wine and one piece of dark chocolate each day, which she claimed “kept the doctor away.” Until her final days, Ruth kept the most recent copy of the Journal of American Medicine on her bedside table to stay current with the study of medicine.

Honored By: Peggy Carr, Prissy Gravely, Barbara Hazlewood, Cheryl Henry, Deanie Kepler, Barbara Ralston, Nancy Rogers, Gail Schoellkopf, Sarah Monning Schoellkopft, Karen Shuttee


Harriet Ellan Miers

Harriet Miers embodies commitment to the rule of law, dedication to clients and the legal profession, and service to city, state and nation. In roles ranging from leading her law firm, guiding Dallas as a member of the City Council, enhancing her profession as President of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, and serving our nation as White House Staff Secretary, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, and White House Counsel, her insight, analysis, empathy, and selfless dedication have benefited the many she has served.

Honored by: Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP


Mary Elizabeth Buford Miller

During four decades at SMU, Mary Elizabeth Buford Miller broadened the University’s outreach to the community and enriched the lives of thousands. Mrs. Miller, who died in 1990, retired in 1985 as dean of continuing education, a position she had held since 1975. She earned three degrees from SMU: the B.S. in journalism and B.A. in English in 1940 and an M.A. in English in 1941. In 1944 she began teaching English at Dallas College, SMU’s evening division then located downtown. In 1957 she became coordinator of informal courses, initiating noncredit classes for adults that continue to thrive today. She became director of continuing education in l960. Other programs she developed at SMU include the Management Seminar for Women Executives and Legal Assistant Certificate Program. Through her visionary leadership, Mrs. Miller engaged countless members of the Dallas community in the educational life of the University.

Honored by: Division of Education and Lifelong Learning


Ruth P. Morgan

Ruth P. Morgan, university leader and scholar, has served as an exemplar and path breaker for women in academia. Born in 1934, she earned her doctorate degree in political science from Louisiana State University in 1966 at a time when women were rarely encouraged to pursue a PhD and all too seldom were able to achieve tenure and the rank of full professor at a major university.

Joining the faculty of Southern Methodist University in 1966, she juggled scholarship, teaching and family responsibilities with calm efficiency and notable success. Her commitment to both teaching and scholarship led to teaching awards and significant publications including The President and Civil Rights: Policy-Making by Executive Order (1987) and Governance by Decree: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act in Dallas (2004). Ruth’s administrative talents propelled her to the provost’s office in 1978 and ultimately to the position of provost in 1987, distinguishing her as one of the few female chief academic officers in higher education at that time. As provost she presided over significant strengthening of the undergraduate curriculum and the introduction of important interdisciplinary programs. Committed to Southern Methodist University, committed to academic excellence and equity, and committed to mentoring the next generation of women, Ruth Morgan embodies the fortitude, wisdom and high personal standards that enabled her and a few other women to achieve distinction and serve as inspirational role models within national higher education.

Honored by her friend: Donna Rohling


Mildred Frances "Midge" Nicol

At ninety-two years of age, my mother continues to be charming, stylish, current, generous, and cheerful. Her invitations "to cruise" transformed a somewhat remote relationship between three adult daughters into an enduring closeness. Most of all, her tender devotion and unfailing care of my father inspired and humbled. I honor her as a small public token of my love and admiration.

Honored by her daughter: Nancy Nicol Martinez


Noreen Nicol

We honor our mother, Noreen Lewis Nicol, for her loving support of our family and outstanding contributions to her community. She helped us set our goals high and was always there for us despite her time-consuming and successful career building a business with her husband. Pioneering the way for women in the weighing and measurement industry, which was dominated by men, she became a role model for many women struggling to combine family and careers. Her accomplishments in leadership roles in local, national and international not-for-profit organizations were notable. She felt giving back to the community was the price she paid for being on this earth.

Honored by her daughters: Nicki Nicol Huber and Dr. Myra Nicol Williams


Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to be appointed a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. She graduated from Stanford Law School in 1952 and settled in Arizona with her husband where she worked as the assistant attorney general in the 1960s. In 1974 she ran for the office of judge of the Superior Court in Mariposa County and developed a reputation for being firm, but just. She advanced to the state’s court of appeals in 1979, and two years later was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to be an associate justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. She was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate and served on the Court for twenty-four years. After her retirement February 2009, O’Connor launched Our Courts, a website she created to offer interactive civic lessons to students and teachers because she was concerned about the lack of knowledge among most young Americans about how their government works. The initiative expanded, becoming iCivics in May 2010, and continues to offer free lessons plans, games, and interactive videogames for middle and high school educators. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center which is a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.

Honored by: Sandy Kraus


June Hill Pape

June – a businesswoman, councilwoman, volunteer, friend and confident to many - left a legacy of stewardship that is a model for us all. While active in the management of a family owned business, she gave herself in service to her beloved town: Bastop, Texas. Seeing a need to connect today’s challenges with the heritage of the past, she helped found Yesterfest, an annual event celebrating the pioneers who settled Bastrop. Understanding that the Colorado River was the town’s most valued natural asset, she dedicated herself to the Clear Clean Colorado Association when pollution seriously degraded the river in the mid-1980’s and then rejoiced when the river was once again clean; her contributions were recognized with naming of the Bastrop riverwalk in her honor. Her stewardship found further expression on the Bastrop Sesquicentennial Commission, the County Historical Commission, as vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, as an elected Bastrop City Councilwoman and as a member of many boards: the Family Crisis Center, Bastrop Public Library and the Opera House Association. June was named 1984 Woman of the Year in Bastrop and is remembered for her love of life, joy in living and meaningful relationships. Although her life was cut short at 51 years of age by ovarian cancer, June packed into those shortened years a lifetime of contributions to the communities in which she lived and to the family and friends with who she shared a remarkable bond. June’s passions were here family, her friends, her town, and her river.

Honored by her friends and family: Toni & Kenneth Kesselus, Minifred Trigg, Joyce Gay, Bruce & Shirley Barber, Becky & Steve Rivers, Cynthia, Craig & Charles Pence, Richard Fisher, Robbie & Terry Sanders, Celeste Rose, Nancy & Tom Scott, Nancy & Joseph Beal, Lee Clyburn & Laura McWilliams, H. Clay Dean, Henry Dean, S. Michael Dean, Carol & David Weber, Rouye Rush, Sheran Schepps, Dianne Pape, and Sandra Plowman Kraus


Dianne H. Patterson

Dianne H. Patterson has been a successful business leader, community volunteer and supporter of women’s causes throughout her career. As the founder and C.E.O. of Claim Services Resource Group Inc., a firm that existed from 1980 until 2002 and provided specialized services to the health insurance industry, she began to create unique opportunities for women to earn extraordinary incomes. Along with these opportunities to do well, she imparted the obligation for the same women to share their success with their communities at large. Mrs. Patterson is a founding member and major sponsor of SMU’s Louise Raggio Lecture Series as well as a long time supporter of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, The Women’s Museum, Goodwill Industries, Leadership Texas, Leadership America, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Dallas Opera.

Honored by her husband: James Donald Patterson


Lucy Patterson

Mrs. Patterson was the first African American woman elected to the Dallas City Council. She served three terms (1973-1980) during which she represented a district in Southeast Dallas. A graduate of Howard University, she earned a master’s degree at the University of Denver before returning to Dallas as a social worker with the Dallas County Welfare Department for fifteen years. Mrs. Patterson then directed the Inter-Agency Project of the Community Council of Greater Dallas which coordinated social services for the Dallas County. While serving on the City Council she taught sociology at what is now the University of North Texas at Denton. Her tenure on the City Council was notable for her sense of fairness and desire to help people which was the basis for many of her Council votes. She was loved for being "a living example of a person who could accomplish in spite of odds that were against her."

Honored by friends and admirers.


Donde Ashmos Plowman

My big sister inspires people, especially me. I remember her clearly as the coed whose many contributions at SMU earned her the "M Award" – the most highly coveted recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators on the SMU Campus. Since then, her professional awards have accumulated to more than I can count. Most recently, she received a highly coveted research award in her field: the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award. Meanwhile, she is a tenured professor in the department of management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the dean of the College of Business Administration there to boot. Donde’s PhD is in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.Ed. is in higher education administration from the University of North Texas, and her bachelor’s in English from Southern Methodist University. In 1995, she was a visiting associate professor of management at Helsinki School of Economics and Business in Finland. She has raised two sons and finds time to enjoy friends and family. I’m proud of her; it is my honor to honor her!

Honored by her sister: Sandra Plowman Kraus ’76,’80


Possum Kingdom Drillettes

Based out of Graham, Texas, the Possum Kingdom Drilletes are believed to be the first all-girls horseback drill team in the state. Area newspapers teasingly called them "28 beautiful young country girls," but they had a rigorous schedule. The team consisted of 30 girls, ages 10-18, and each had her own horse and equipment. Parents paid expenses and did the arranging of their appearances at rodeos and stock shows; they even performed at the premiere of a Sandra Dee movie. They did Quadrilles on horseback and carried flags as they did it; "they set the pivots—present the colors—form the Texas T for introducing dignitaries and officials at rodeos." While in existence for only three summers, between 1962 and 1964, surely these young women remain cowgirls at heart.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Elsie Kepple Prcesang

Elsie Prcesang’s life experiences spanned traveling by covered wagon to jet plane, staking a claim in Oklahoma territory to witnessing the land frontier close and the space frontier open, and from plowing behind a mule and heading maize by hand to using tractors and self-propelled combines. With courage and a pioneering spirit, she and her young husband left the comforts of home to stake a claim and live in a dugout on the short grass prairie in Oklahoma Territory. In 1916 they moved permanently to the Texas Panhandle, which my grandfather found to be "the land of milk and honey." In a gift Bible to my mother in 1948, Elsie inscribed these words: "What you have at your death belongs to some one else. But what you are is yours forever." It is not for the estate she left, but for who she was that I honor her--for spurring my imagination with her stories, for inspiring me by her grit, for being a feminist before she knew the word, for her insatiable curiosity, for her wit and joie d’vivre… and for joining with me in getting into childhood mischief.

Honored by her granddaughter: Ruth P. Morgan


Caren H. Prothro

Caren Prothro has enriched Dallas and the lives of its citizens through her dedicated service to civic institutions and causes, particularly the arts and higher education. She has been a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1992, served as vice chair of the board from 1998 to 2000, and will become chair of the SMU board in June 2010. In support of the University, she also has been a co-chair of The Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead, and serves in the same role for SMU’s Second Century Campaign, seeking $750 million for academic progress. An active supporter of cultural advancement, she is vice chair of the AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors and was the chief volunteer fund-raiser for its $350 million campaign. As such, she has been instrumental in the development of this world-class group of performance venues as they elevate the profile and expand the offerings of the city’s arts district. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art. Her breadth of concerns is reflected in service on boards of the Visiting Nurses Association, Young Audiences of Greater Dallas County, Dallas County Youth Services and the Commission on Children and Youth. Her leadership has been recognized with many awards, such as the Linz Award for community service, Southwestern Medical Foundation Charles Cameron Sprague Community Service Award, Annette G. Strauss Humanitarian Award and Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Through her volunteer service and commitment to important causes, Caren Prothro is a strong role model for leadership that makes a difference in the community.

Honored by: Ruth Sharp Altshuler and Linda Pitts Custard


Thelma Prcesang Prouse

Although eminently practical and resourceful and an expert at making do, my mother’s degree in art and her creative flair imbued our family with an appreciation for beauty in environment, manner, word, and thought. Thelma Prouse was a teacher at heart. She added mystery and excitement to learning by the unlimited landscape of her interests; engendered a love for history by her respect for the lessons of historical experience; and stimulated our passion for traveling the world by her own curiosity. Honoring her is to express gratitude for her holding kindness in word and deed inviolable; for nurturing my sense of wonder; and for the moral, intellectual, and practical education I received from her… and even for her abhorrence of idle hands and the warranted spankings she gave me.

Honored by her daughter: Ruth P. Morgan


Louise B. Raggio

The only woman to graduate from SMU’s Law School in 1952, Louise Ballerstedt Raggio then worked as Dallas’ first female prosecutor. Throughout her distinguished legal career she has been a shrewd advocate for the rights and responsibilities of all people under the law. The first woman elected to the Texas Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 1979, she received the Texas Bar Association’s President’s Award in 1987. It is not only because she is acknowledged as a "first," however, that we honor her; it is because of her notable accomplishments on behalf of women and families - and therefore on behalf of all. Louise Raggio was instrumental in the revision of restrictive laws affecting women and in the passage of the Marital Property Act of 1967, which for the first time allowed married women in Texas to buy or sell property or have credit in their own names. Working with SMU Professor Joseph McKnight, she created the first fully codified set of family laws in the world - the Texas Family Code. For her leadership in advancing women’s rights and our nation’s laws, SMU was proud to award Louise Ballerstedt Raggio the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Honored by her sons: Grier, Tom and Ken Raggio


Belle Ragsdale

Born in 1879 in Elysian Fields, Texas, Belle took much pride in being a member of one of Texas’ oldest families. Her family moved to Dallas in 1889, and Belle went on to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. After graduating, she was connected to the Texas Christian Advocate, a Methodist publication, and even represented the Dallas community as a delegate at the North Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She fostered a true appreciation for academic life evidenced by the moving commencement speech she delivered at her alma mater and her diligent service as the first postmistress at SMU. An extremely active member of Dallas society, Belle devoted herself to many women’s clubs and philanthropies including The Woman’s Society of Christian Service, The United States Daughters of 1812, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and The Daughters of the Revolution Dallas Patriotic Club.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Barbara Reagan

Dr. Barbara Reagan chose to use her expertise of economics to not only inspire students to explore their own studies in this area, but to influence change on our national economic front. Dr. Reagan, who focused her studies on problems that Hispanics and women encountered in the workforce, actively pushed for parity between men and women at SMU. Her influential work enabled her to serve on several federal and state committees, including President Jimmy Carter’s advisory subcommittee for the White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development. As an economics instructor at SMU, Dr. Reagan had a reputation for drawing many students into economics studies and helped many go on to graduate school. She truly cared about her students, and was honored with the M Award for University Service in 1972 and the student senate’s Willis M. Tate Award for outstanding faculty in 1982. She also praised the benefits of an interdepartmental spirit on campus and was considered a leader among her fellow SMU faculty.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Elizabeth Gay Reddig

Mother was a woman way ahead of her time. Mr. Freeman taught me my first class in accounting, and I will always remember how important he felt it was to be a "certified public accountant." I never dared tell him that both my parents were just that.

Honored by her daughter: Sally Reddig Schulze


Julia Scott Reed

In 1967, during the turbulent years of social unrest in this country, Julia Scott Reid began her weekly column in The Dallas Morning News, through which she gave vivid life to a community that had been largely invisible to the establishment community at the time. With her intelligence, persistence, and her talent as a writer, she opened doors and hearts and minds. Her family recognized and honored her great significance to the Dallas community by placing her papers at The DeGolyer Library for future generations to study and enjoy.

Honored by: Judith Garrett Segura


Ermance Rejebian

Ermance Rejebian spent a lifetime career of fifty years presenting great literature to thousands of audiences throughout the Southwest. This achievement is all the more remarkable when one realizes that she came to America alone, an immigrant teenager, escaping the death and destruction of her people, the Armenians living in Turkey. My mother’s love of words, language, ideas, and books were a light within her and an inspiration to all who heard her voice. It was here, in the SMU Libraries, that she did her research. It is here that I choose to honor her.

Honored by her daughter: Mary Rejebian Johnston Northern


Edyth Renshaw

Edyth Renshaw’s high standard of production and "notable control of her material" placed her at the center of Dallas’ dramatic arts scene by the mid-twentieth century. As an undergraduate, Dr. Renshaw showed such talent as a member of SMU’s theater troupe, The Arden Club, that she joined the university’s faculty following her commencement under her mentor, Professor Mary McCord. Eventually, Edyth went on to direct countless plays for SMU and the local community until her retirement in 1967. Additionally, she was a member of numerous professional and scholastic organizations, and she helped found and nurture the McCord/ Renshaw Collection of Performing Arts in the Hamon Arts Library. At the time of her death, she was near completion of a book on the history of Texas theater from the 1830s to 1920s. A true testament to her impact on the campus and community, flags flew half-staff at SMU on the day of Dr. Renshaw’s funeral.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Ann Richards

In 1990 Ann Richards became the second woman to be elected governor of Texas, following Miriam "Ma" Ferguson’s two non-consecutive terms in the 1930s. She came to national attention with her keynote speech in 1988 at the Democratic National Convention which revealed her sly brand of humor. Her election in 1990 was preceded by terms as a Travis County Commissioner and the State Treasurer. As governor she appointed more women, Hispanics, and African Americans to state posts than the two previous governors combined. She authorized audits of state agencies that saved Texas billions, led the reform of the Texas prison system, and tried to solve the public school finance problem to equalize school funding among the states school districts. She was defeated for a second term in 1994. In the years after she served as governor she became a political consultant, taught at Brandeis University, wrote a book and worked to further interest in women’s history. She remained proud of her single term as governor of Texas and told reporters "I did not want my tombstone to read ‘she kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying ‘she opened government to everyone.’"

Honored by an admirer


Emyre Barrios Robinson

A native of El Paso, Texas, Emyre (Emy) Barrios Robinson became a noted civic leader and entrepreneur in the Bay Area of Clear Lake, Texas, the home of the Johnson Space Center. She was a space and education activist, community volunteer and had received virtually every award and unprecedented recognition from the Bay Area community, the city of Houston and the State of Texas. Frequently, Emy was invited to share her expertise in numerous forums including the Governor’s Texas Commission on Space where she developed strategies to establish Texas as an industrial, academic and scientific leader in space. In one speech she captured her sense of wonder about her success. "I believe that I am the embodiment of the American Dream. When you look at the many things that could have been insurmountable obstacles in most other countries of the world… There I was a 54 year-old – a minority – a woman and a non-technical person attempting to establish a technical company to do business with the Federal Government. And my thoughts were ‘All they can is say no.’" In 1980 with seven technical professionals and using her own skills in management and cost analysis, her team won a contract with the Johnson Space Center and Barrios Technology was born. She served as CEO, Chairman of the Board and majority owner for 10 years. In 1990, Barrios Technology had grown to 525 employees, generating over $25 million annually in revenues and had established two other locations in Colorado Springs, CO and Huntsville, AL. Barrios Technology became one of the nation’s largest Hispanic owned firms. Emyre Barrios Robinson was among the select few female executive officers of an aerospace firm in the male dominated space industry. Emy died as she had lived with courage, compassion and thinking always of others. In an attempt to rescue her grandson’s friend trapped in a runaway SUV, she helped save his life but tragically lost hers. In her obituary, Bob Mitchell, the president of the Bay Area-Houston Economic Partnership stated "We lost a true leader. I don’t personally know of anyone who has been more dedicated to the success of this region." It is only fitting that this Daughter of Texas be honored and her legacy be preserved in the Archives of the Women of the Southwest.

Honored by her friend and colleague: Becky L. Schergens


Hortense Sanger

Hortense was the smartest, most fun person I knew. She was always young – died at age 92. She was a 4th generation Dallasite, a graduate of Hockaday & Wellesley College. She was a volunteer and chaired or founded every good cause – VNA, Hope Cottage, East Dallas Health Coalition, and the Women’s Division of the Jewish Welfare Federation. She was on the founding board of Goals for Dallas, the Dallas Alliance, Rhoads Terrace School, and the Crossroads Center – to name a few.

Honored by her best friend: Gerry Cristol, and her daughters, Anne Sanger Feld and Mary Sanger


Becky L. Schergens

To honor Becky Schergens for her lifelong commitment and contributions to advancing educational opportunities and increased social equity for ALL women and girls. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education (Policy Communication) at the federal level, she worked on Title IX regulations and their implementation. She served on the Advisory Committee of the National Project of Women in Education where the needs of minority women and girls were addressed. Becky started early in life by providing an example for young women. In 1957, she was elected the first woman (non-wartime) Student Council President of her high school. In her career, she has served as the first Executive Director of the National PTA and the first woman Vice President of the University of Houston – Clear Lake. With a host of other firsts, she has continued to encourage women and girls in the attainment of their own aspirations. For the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) in Washington, DC, she has recruited forty-seven (and counting) national women’s organizations into a powerful NWHM National Coalition. Together, they support the NWHM mission and the establishment of a permanent Museum in our nation’s capital. She is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Archives of the Women of the Southwest at Southern Methodist University.

Honored by her husband: Jack Kinsey


Evaline Deckard Schergens

In honor of and with gratitude to my Mother, who possessed great intelligence, talent and beauty. She lived before the gates of opportunity truly opened for women. However, her legacy and inspiration remain strong among those whose lives she touched with her considerable gifts. She exemplified a life well lived… one filled with love, hope, faith, charity and equity towards all.

Honored by her daughter: Becky Schergens


Eva B Slater

Reared in the shadow of the campus, Eva B Richardson loved SMU even before she became a student. This love of her alma mater was a thread running through all of her life, regardless of the places she lived or their distances from the Hilltop. It was at SMU that a young Perkins student, Eugene Slater, courted and married her. He would go on to become one of the United Methodist Church’s revered bishops. Eva B was by his side as he moved from one congregation to another, rearing their children, reaching out to respond to the many needs of a church community, and serving as the liveliest, most engaged Sunday school teacher young people would ever know. Gene and Eva B were the embodiment of faith in action.

It is fitting that following retirement they returned to Dallas and to SMU. She was a driving force in the SMU Oral History Project which the SMU Women’s Club organized in the 1980s. Through her efforts and those of others, key aspects of the University’s history and the voices of early faculty were preserved. A lifelong learner, Eva B’s vitality and grace made her a role model for generations of younger women who saw that every decade of a woman’s life can be filled with commitment to family, personal growth and civic engagement.

Honored by her friend: Judy Mohraz


Nan Snow

Although our paths had crossed many years ago at SMU, I had not known Nan Snow well until we served on the Archives Advisory Board together. During the years in between our being students at SMU and our serving on the Board together, Nan has been a newspaper reporter, an advertising copywriter, a magazine writer, author of two books, and a partner in Stuck & Snow Consultants, a management and publications consulting firm in Little Rock, and one of the many reasons I honor Nan is to recognize all she has achieved. In addition, in our years together on the Board, I have found a dear and true friend in Nan, a person I have come to admire enormously and a person from whom I have learned so much. Nan is courageous in ways I see few people being. Her wisdom, insight, and steadiness are qualities I value and have drawn on again and again on all sorts of topics and in all sorts of situations. She has never been one to fail to ask the hard questions and doesn’t suffer fools gladly, which makes her a particularly valuable advisor and colleague. It was Nan’s vision that the Susan B. Komen Foundation papers should become part of the Archives’ collection and Nan who worked diligently and enthusiastically with Russell Martin, the DeGolyer’s Director, others from SMU, and the Komen Foundation to make that vision a reality. Nan also has contributed mightily to our efforts to expand the geographical reach of the Archives. Yet even in the midst of these more public endeavors, Nan is unceasing in her concern and aid to others in a direct and personal way: she takes care of friends with health problems, she stays in frequent touch with a friend in another city whose sister has had a recurrence of breast cancer, she gives sage counsel to those going through life’s difficulties and change. Nan is one of those rare people who is truly good and wise "all the way through", as my grandmother would have said. Finally, I wouldn’t be doing Nan justice if I didn’t mention that I treasure her wry sense of humor. In admiration for all that Nan is, has done, and will continue to accomplish and out of gratitude for the gift of her friendship and leadership, I honor her.

Honored by: Lea Courington


SMU Woman’s Club

2009-2010 is the 90th anniversary of this group that began originally with the wives of professors and administrators with the object of developing unity through cultural, social, and philanthropic interests. The group originally assisted the university with social events and has consistently given scholarship assistance to women students.

Honored by SMU Woman’s Club president 2009-2011: Polly York


Virginia Vaught Sparling

Two themes run through Virginia Vaught Sparling’s life – Education and Community Building. A native of Arkansas, Virginia received a B.A. degree in Zoology from MacMurray College for Women in 1946 and then taught student nurses chemistry and physiology, concurrently completing an internship in medical technology. With a new certification in hand, she worked in the laboratories at two Veteran’s Hospitals in Arkansas where she met Gerald D. Sparling, M.D. then a medical student who became her husband. At each juncture of her life, Virginia found innovative ways to increase educational opportunities and to serve in building new communities at local, state and national levels. A vocal supporter of public education, Virginia assumed the presidency of the Washington State PTA in 1971 and became a rising star in the National PTA. She was elected the PTA’s National President in 1979. In that capacity, Virginia V. Sparling became my "boss" since I served as the National PTA’s first Executive Director. During her presidency, Virginia launched the ambitious National PTA Urban Initiative using national experts and scholars to help guide the PTA into new and uncharted waters in those changing times. Her courage and visionary qualities in addressing the special concerns of urban schools and their underserved students brought increasing national awareness and improvement to the education of these students. After her PTA presidency, her interest in the theology of her Unitarian Universalist church grew. As a lifelong learner, she enrolled in the Northwest Theological Union on the Seattle University campus where she earned both her Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity degrees adding to previously earned Masters in Education and a Masters in Social Work. She was ordained in 1992 as a Unitarian Universalist minister and became a "circuit rider" serving small Fellowships in the greater Puget Sound area. To the end of her life in February 2012, Virginia continued to serve the community of Winthrop, WA in the arts and ministry. Virginia Sparling touched the lives of literally millions of people during her own life. It is on behalf of all of us who benefited from her many contributions that she is honored and her legacy is preserved through the Archives of the Women of the Southwest.

Honored by her friend and colleague: Becky L. Schergens


Ruth Potts Spence

Ruth Potts Spence is a soul I wish I knew more about. I met her only once when my mentor, Emmie Baine (Dean of Women at SMU for over 20 years) took me and another coed to Ruth’s house for tea one afternoon during my undergraduate days at SMU in the mid-1970’s. Ruth was born on September 6, 1894. I am told that by the time she died almost 95 years later, she had become a walking encyclopedia on the history and growth of Dallas, had served on almost every prominent social and cultural board in Dallas and was an unashamed political liberal, if not activist. She loved Shakespeare and was a member of the Dallas Shakespeare Club and was a voracious reader, and so on. But what is of interest to me is the fact that she was my mentor’s mentor and I’d like to know more about the woman who supported and influenced Emmie Baine’s work on behalf of the coed at SMU for over 20 years. Ruth’s contributions shouldn’t be lost to the history Dallas. So, I am honoring her in hopes that some scholar will see her name on a plaque at the DeGolyer and go out and write a biography on this fascinating woman.

Honored by: Sandra Plowman Kraus


Lide Spragins

In the fall of 1954, Dean Lide Spragins addressed all of the female students in McFarlin auditorium, outlining the rules for the upcoming school year. Among them, Bermuda shorts could be worn only on Saturday, and she insisted that baths must be taken daily. Rules like these earned her a playful reputation as a snapping turtle and "hell on wheels," but as Dean of Women at SMU from 1936-1957, Lide simply held the students to the highest degree of conduct befitting a leading educational institution. Through her efforts, the university built 11 sorority houses in 1951. She was also active in the University Woman’s Club, the American Association of University Women, The Standard Club, and the Jane Douglas Chapter of the DAR Scholarship at SMU. Before coming to SMU, she was assistant dean of women at TCU. She also taught at Texas Woman’s College and at Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


The Standard Club

Organized February 23, 1886, the Standard Club will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2011. Founded for "the study of standard authors," it met weekly in members’ homes. Contemporary newspaper reports of its programs reflected the breadth of its members’ literary interests in the 19th century.

Among its early members were Mary Kittrell Craig, an educator whose programs for the club were the origins of the Mary K. Craig Class which survives today with a large and devoted following. Other members with notable community involvement included Mrs. Belle Gay Smith who organized the first art exhibit in Dallas at the Texas State Fair in 1886. Mrs. Adella Kelsey Turner was elected to the Dallas Board of Education in 1908 before women could vote, and later was a member of the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association, along with Mrs. Sallie Griffis Meyer who had co-authored the first state child labor law in 1901. Mrs. Olivia Allen Dealey was the founding president of the Public School Art League.

More recent members who were involved in education included Miss Lide Spragins, Dean of Women at SMU from 1936-1957, Miss Ela Hockaday, founder and headmistress of The Hockaday School, and Mrs. Elizabeth Walmsley, Chairman of the Art Department at SMU 1955 -1967, having taught since 1934. In support of educational achievement the Club has provided yearly awards since 1969 to deserving SMU art students to pursue further study.

The Standard Club continues its tradition of members giving the monthly programs which are linked to a yearly theme. On the occasion of their 125th anniversary, I honor the membership and their legacy of intellectual pursuit and community involvement which has spanned three centuries.

Honored by: Jackie McElhaney


Dorothy Davis Stuck

When I heard Dorothy rafted rapids on rivers in three states at the age of 84 to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, I wasn’t surprised. Dorothy claims the adventure in life and shows us what civic leadership should be. She and her late husband owned three eastern Arkansas newspapers for 20 years. Using her voice as editor of the Marked Tree Tribune, she spoke out in support of integrating Arkansas’s racially segregated schools. She received the Arkansas Press Woman of Achievement Award twice. In the 1970’s, as Director of the Southwestern Regional Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health Education and Welfare in Dallas for nine years, Dorothy courageously enforced Title IX to bring equal athletic opportunity for women and received the Distinguished Service Award for her service. When Dorothy returned to Arkansas in 1979, she was a partner in a management and publications firm for fifteen years. During that time, she established the Wilowe Institute, a nonprofit leadership development organization, and served as its President for six years. In 1997, Dorothy co-authored the award winning biography of Roberta Fulbright, mother of Senator J. William Fulbright. But, when Dorothy volunteered her time at SMU’s Women Center and at the Symposium for the Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership when I was an undergraduate student, I discovered a personal role model who continues to inspire me 35 years later.

Honored by: Sandra Plowman Kraus ‘76


Marieta "Sandy" Swain and Natalie Murray

"A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit."
–Hebrew Proverb

The philosophy of the Lamplighter School was based on this proverb. Miss Swain and Mrs. Murray recognized that each child learns differently and instead of creating a cookie cutter approach to teaching, they chose to develop a school where each child learned in their own way. Our parents watched us grow thanks to the ingenuity of educational trailblazers, Miss Swain and Mrs. Murray

Honored by Lamplighter students: Jill C. Bee and Ross B. Bee


Rebecca R. Sykes

Becky Sykes is the executive director of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, a public foundation that promotes women’s philanthropy and raises money to support community programs that help women and girls realize their full potential. A life-long Dallas resident, she graduated from Austin College in Sherman with degrees in French and government. In 1985, she co-founded the Dallas Women’s Foundation and served as its first board chair. She returned to the Dallas Women’s Foundation in 1998 as executive director. Under her leadership, the Dallas Women’s Foundation has become the largest women’s foundation in the world. Becky has won the Maura Award ("Women Helping Women"); the Susan B. Anthony Award, the Executive Director of the Year Award from the Women’s Resource Center of North Texas Legal Services; the League of Women Voters’ Myrtle Bales Bulkley Award; the Women of Excellence Award given by the YWCA and Women’s Enterprise Magazine; and the Athena Award from the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Honored by: Cecilia Guthrie Boone


Jo Ann Geurin Thetford

Jo Ann has served SMU in a number of capacities since 1995. Her ongoing involvement at her alma mater earned her The Mustang Award. At the university, she currently serves on the Central University Libraries Campaign Steering Committee, SMU-in-Taos executive board and the Development and External Affairs Trustee standing committee. She also serves on the board of trustees at Austin College and the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly.

Honored by: Garrett and Wyatt Pettus


Gail Griffin Thomas

Gail Griffin Thomas has spent her life dedicated to improving cities. She has been a driving force for the recognition and coordination of the humanities into the process of design and has made it her life work to study and transform cities through intellectual and educational means. As a teacher, author, and founder of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Gail has kept herself busy working to put Dallas at the forefront of innovation and urban design. In Dallas, her efforts have been instrumental in the creation of Pegasus Plaza, the first new park in the central city in nearly a generation. She was also the Chair of the Dallas Millennium Project that restored the Flying Red Horse landmark sign atop a downtown building, which has become an icon for the city. Gail currently serves as President and CEO of The Trinity Trust Foundation as it endeavors to implement the most ambitious public works project in the nation, merging nature and its urban surroundings into a cutting-edge recreational space.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Margaret Hyer Thomas

As daughter of SMU’s first president, Margaret "Maggie" Hyer was 9 when the cornerstone of Dallas Hall, SMU’s first building, was laid. A native of Georgetown, Texas, Maggie and her parents were among the first residents of University Park. She was a charter member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, where she was a volunteer librarian and served on the board of stewards. She graduated from SMU in 1923 and also received a degree in library science from Simmons College in Boston. She was an SMU librarian from about 1924 to 1930 and served as the unofficial first Dean of Women. Margaret was also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and had served as president of the Dallas Shakespeare Club and the Dallas Lawyers’ Wives Club.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Sandra C. Tinkham

As a community volunteer committed to women’s issues, Sandra "Sandy" C. Tinkham has devoted her life to advocating for women in the Dallas area. During her tenure at SMU as the director of the Women’s Center, she was instrumental in securing funding for numerous women’s programs both on and off campus. She also served as a coordinator of SMU’s Women’s Symposium from 1986 to 1997, and is the only person to serve the committee in all three roles of student, staff and participant. Within the Dallas community, Tinkham has founded and served on numerous councils and committees, including the Women’s Center of Dallas and the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas. The commitment to women’s issues took root early in Sandy, and she has made it her life’s work as a result.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Lou Bullington Tower

From small-town piano teacher to wife of a U.S. Senator and mother of three girls, Lou Tower was a remarkable woman. She revolutionized ‘grass-roots’ campaigning and changed the face of Texas politics. She charmed everyone with her style, her grace, her warm heart, her good humor, and her captivating smile. She enriched the lives of all she knew with love and laughter and the pure joy of living.

Honored by her daughters: Penny Tower Cook and Jeanne Tower Cox


Eleanor Tufts

Eleanor Tufts was an internationally recognized authority on women artists, as well as a noted art historian, lecturer, and author. She joined the Southern Methodist University Art History Department in 1974 and through her leadership the art history department included a women’s studies component that continues to be an important part of the curriculum. Eleanor was instrumental in the opening of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, and curated the opening exhibition "American Women Artists, 1830-1930," which toured the United States. Dr. Tufts wrote five books and numerous articles and reviews. Of note, her book, Our Hidden Heritage: Five Centuries of Women Artists (1974), was the first work in modern times on women artists. Dr. Tufts was honored extensively throughout her career as both a university instructor and as a scholar, many of which recognized her groundbreaking work exploring the role of women within the arts. Tufts died in December 1991 and left a scholastic legacy-- SMU has an Eleanor Tufts Distinguished Visiting Professorship. The American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies awards an annual Eleanor Tufts Award for outstanding English language publication.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Hibernia Turbeville

Known to generations of law students as Miss T, Hibernia Turbeville was Director of the Law Library at SMU’s School of Law from 1947-1975. She taught law students how to research, she mentored librarians, and she helped plan the Underwood Law Library which opened in 1971. Upon her retirement in 1975 she began a new career as the first full time librarian at the downtown law firm of Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney and Neely which lasted until 1986. She is warmly remembered by law school professors, librarians, practicing lawyers, judges and all others whose life she touched.

Honored by: Prof. Alan Bromberg, Eugene Pflughaupt, and the law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Lidell LLP


Adella Kelsey Turner

Adella Kelsey Turner was an early Dallas clubwoman who led efforts to improve the lives of citizens in Dallas through her leadership of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Dallas Woman’s Forum in the first decade of the twentieth century. Her concern for the education of the children of the city prompted her to agree to run for a seat on the Dallas School Board in 1908, a decade before women were able to vote in any election. She won her race and was one of the first two women ever elected to the board. During her tenure on the School Board conditions were improved for both students and teachers, with building and grounds improvements made possible by voter-approved tax increases. At the end of her term of office in 1910, she led the Dallas Woman’s Forum work to reform sanitary conditions and welfare for delinquent and underpriviledged children. Her interest in the legal rights of women helped spearhead the 1921 creation of the Women’s Good Citizenship Association, a forerunner of the Dallas League of Women Voters.

Honored by an admirer for her courage in forging new roles for women in civic affairs in Dallas.


Gail Oliver Turner

For 13 years, Gail taught in the public and private schools of Texas, California, and Oklahoma. She is certified K-12 and taught everything from kindergarten to 8th grade science. In classrooms, at every level, she was known as an absolutely superb teacher, liked and admired by her students and their parents. Those pedagogical and personal skills have continued to be displayed in informal ways with students during our time at SMU. Her daughters, grandchildren, and husband can attest to the fact that she continues to be an excellent teacher.

Honored by her husband: R. Gerald Turner

In recognition of Gail Turner’s thoughtful, dedicated service to SMU, we, the women of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University would like to honor Gail Oliver Turner for her unique contributions to the SMU community.

Honored by: Ruth Altshuler, Laura Bush, Jeanne Cox, Linda Custard, Gene Jones, Connie O’Neill, Jeanne Phillips, Caren Prothro, and Ann Sherer


Frances Golden Ware

Frances Golden Ware was quoted saying "I have a great deal to be thankful for," and indeed she did. Her life was centered around showing thanks by giving back to her family, friends, and community. After graduating from the Highland Park school system and then from SMU, Frances continued to stay active in both by teaching English and serving on many committees such as the Advisory Board of the Friends of the SMU Libraries, respectively. Her contributions did not end there; she was involved with volunteer work in the medical and church communities and was active in her children’s schools. Her work in numerous social, civic, and charitable organizations was a passion that she enthusiastically pursued. A classic beauty, she was known for her refined tastes and gracious demeanor. Her love for art, music, and books truly made her a renaissance woman. The impact that she made is still felt today in museums, churches, schools, and the hearts of her community.

Honored by: Dan and Bettina Hennesy


Barbara L. Watkins

Barbara is president emeritus for Parkland Foundation and serves on its board of directors. Her career at Parkland Health and Hospital System spans over 25 years. She served in a number of capacities including senior vice president of Public Affairs and Patient Services as well as president and chief executive officer of Parkland Foundation. She has received many prestigious personal and professional awards throughout her career and as a result of her volunteer service.

Honored by : friends and admirers


Lu Fan Patrick Watson

Lu Fan Patrick Watson was able to enter SMU in 1931 and to graduate in 1935 because of scholarship funds. Her first scholarship was awarded by a women’s club for $150. While a student, she worked in the campus library and joined Kappa Alpha Theta. She was selected for Mortar Board, and she went on to teach for the Dallas Independent School District. Her time at SMU, her degree from SMU, and the friends made while there were important to her for a lifetime.

Honored by her daughter: Charlene Law


Barbara Wedgwood

Dr. Wedgwood has been a teacher, mentor and friend to me, and the many others whom she has taught in her creative writing classes at SMU. She was the ghost writer for Amy Vanderbilt’s Book of Etiquette and wrote several volumes about her husband’s family. One recorded the lives and times of Josiah Wedgwood and his wife, a descendant of Charles Darwin. She was extraordinarily generous with her literary contacts when her students showed merit, never failing to cheer them on toward publication.

Honored by : Barbara Miercort


Charlotte T. Whaley

As author, editor, publisher, and mentor our mother has contributed greatly to the literature of the Southwest. Through focus and determination, she entered SMU in mid-life, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and subsequently earning her master’s in English. She became editor of Southwest Review, co-founded Still Point Press, and brought to life the accomplishments of New Mexican feminist, educator, and author Nina Otero-Warren in a biography published by the University of New Mexico Press. Through it all she has remained a steadfast friend and loving mother, encouraging us to seek our dreams, and for this we honor her most of all.

Honored by her sons: John and Rob Whaley


Virginia Bulkley Whitehill

There is no such thing as self-sovereignty for a woman if she is unable to control her reproductive system. No one understands this more than Virginia Whitehill who has spent a life time advocating for the accessibility of birth control for all women. Virginia began her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood when she moved to Dallas in 1960. But, her work didn’t stop there when it came to women’s issues; Virginia co-founded the Dallas Women’s Coalition, Women’s Issues Network, Dallas Women’s Foundation, The Family Place Shelter, Women’s Southwest Federal Credit Union and the Dallas chapter of the Women ‘s Equality Action League. Her legacy as an activist on women’s issues is unsurpassed and she continues to add to her record of involvement at 80 years of age. Virginia has contributed her time, energy, and expertise to the SMU coed through her consistent participation in the Women’s Studies program, the Women’s Center activities, and the Symposium for the Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership. On behalf of the SMU alumnae, I say thank you.

Honored by: Sandra Plowman Kraus ‘76


Sue Trammell Whitfield

Sue’s involvement with SMU spans several generations. She is the granddaughter of the late Ella C. Fondren and Walter William Fondren, both whom were members of the SMU board of trustees. The Fondren Library is named in their honor. Her father, the late W. B. ‘Tex’ Trammell, was also a member of the SMU board of trustees. Sue has served on SMU’s board for two terms and was a member of the libraries executive board. For the Second Century Campaign, she is a member of the steering committee for Central University Libraries and honorary chair of the Houston steering committee.

Honored by her daughter: Celia Crank


May Lee Whitsett

Industrious, creative, and devoted are all words that come to mind when describing May Lee Whitsett. As a chemistry professor at SMU, she helped students master the fundamental concepts, experimental techniques and critical-thinking skills needed to understand the field. Despite dealing with Depression era budget issues within her department, she employed any method she could muster to ensure that she fulfilled her role as a teacher, leader, and mentor. Whitsett saw it as her responsibility to prepare students for the rigorous education they have ahead of them. And as all went on to their own careers, many of them in the field of chemistry, they greatly appreciated her for it.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Virginia Whitten

Virginia Whitten was a woman of great character and is a much-beloved figure of the Texas political sceneA retired librarian, Virginia was the official archivist for Governor Ann Richards’ inauguration and was the first archivist ever to be appointed by the Texas Inaugural Committee. Whitten collected and categorized records, artifacts, and memorabilia associated with the Richards-Bullock inauguration. Correspondence included within the collection reflects the close relationship that existed between Governor Ann Richards and herself. In later years, while Virginia was the librarian of Eanes Elementary School, her home was frequently the rowdy afternoon meeting-place of Texas politicos like Richards, Molly Ivins, and Standish Meachum. She was the keeper of political history, and used her role to make an impact on its present and future.

Honored by the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board


Myra Nicol Williams

Myra Williams grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she was very active as a musician at the state and southwest regional level. As winner of the Hendl Youth Award, she performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as piano soloist. She always loved both music and science, but science became her career and music her avocation. Myra received her BS in Physics and Math from Southern Methodist University in 1964 and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Yale University in 1968. Her past positions include being an Executive Director for the Merck Research Laboratories in New Jersey, Vice President & CIO for Glaxo Inc. in North Carolina; Vice President & Worldwide Director of Information Resources for Glaxo Wellcome plc in London; and President & CEO of Molecular Applications Group, a biotechnology company, in California. Myra has served on the Boards of numerous companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. She has a strong commitment to education. She is a past member of the Board of Education of the Princeton Regional Schools and continues as a volunteer tutor in science and mathematics. She served as a member of the Executive Board of Debman College and the Executive Board of the Engineering School at SMU. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU in 2001. Myra has returned to playing the piano and is very active in a number of programs that open up the world of music to economically disadvantaged students from pre-K through high school. Myra and her husband, Van Zandt Williams, Jr., make their home in Naples, FL and Princeton, NJ. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Honored by: Van Zandt Williams, Jr.


Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson is an award-winning black and white photographer who worked as Richard Avedon’s assistant for six years. She has published several books including, Avedon at Work in the American West. The book won a number of awards including the Royal Photographic Society of England Book of the Year. Her other books, Hutterites of Montana and Watt Matthews of Lambshead have also won awards. She is currently working on three projects, all with unique subject matter: life along the Texas/Mexico border, behind the scenes with Hollywood directors, screenwriters, cinematographers and actors and American fighter pilots who have seen combat in Afghanistan.

Honored by her long-time friend: H. Winfield Padgett, Jr.


Conchita Hassell Winn

Darling daughter, cherished wife, loving mother of five boys, Dr. Conchita Hassell Winn served on the faculty of SMU for more than 30 years as Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Literature, Director of Ibero-American Studies and Chairman of the Foreign Languages Department. An inspiring mentor and caring counselor who was honored as one of SMU’s outstanding professors on several occasions, Conchita was also a pioneer for women’s equality within and outside the SMU community. Author of several books, articles and translations, including comprehensive original research on the history of the Spanish language press in Texas, she was also active in Dallas civic affairs, including service as Chairman of the Dallas Civil Service Commission and Trustee of the Hockaday School. We honor her for the outstanding, caring woman that she was and hope that she may continue to inspire others as she has us.

Honored by her sons: Edward Winn, David Winn, William Winn, Richard Winn and Alan Winn


Clorinda "Petey" Di Pietro Wisenbaker

Born in 1920 in Sparks, Nevada, to parents who immigrated to the United States from Lucca, Italy, Clorinda "Petey" Di Pietro Wisenbaker made decisions that few daughters of immigrants of her generation would dare to make. After high school most young women in her close knit Italian neighborhood would marry or remain with their families; against her family’s wishes, Petey left home to attend nursing school at St. Mary’s in San Francisco, California. After graduating from nursing school, Petey remained in San Francisco working for the hospital. It was here that she met her future husband who had been transferred to St. Mary’s, ill with malaria from a tour of the Pacific. Again her Catholic mother completely objected to her decision to marry a Protestant Texan. Without fear, Petey followed her heart to marry Royce Wisenbaker, move to Texas to live with a family she had never met, and wait for her husband to return from World War II. Petey was a wonderful example of a woman choosing her own path in life. She was always a devoted wife, mother, volunteer, and woman of faith. Her tribute was not in the business or the academic world, but in the pure example she set as a woman, ahead of her time in her independence, and coupled with her constant love of family and community.

Honored by: Paula Wisenbaker Whisenant


Susan Gail Yoachum

Susan Gail Yoachum was an inspiration to us all. She educated us with her sharp journalistic talent, she personalized and publicized what breast cancer is about, she fought for a cure, and she made lasting contributions to our community and our country. Born in Dallas in 1955, Susan was inquisitive and intelligent from the beginning, and she went on to graduate from SMU with a degree in journalism and political science. As a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, the Independent Journal in Marin County, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle, she covered some of the largest political stories of her era. Her talent for seeking out and delivering breaking stories went unmatched in political journalism. During her seven-year struggle with breast cancer, she not only continued to produce brilliant work, but she also became a breast cancer activist. In an effort to raise awareness about this horrible disease, she frequently spoke to women’s organizations, political groups, and fellow victims up until her death in 1998. Susan was known to both her peers and those about whom she wrote as a tenacious, witty, and sophisticated reporter, armed always with a penetrating question and a warm smile.

Honored by: Kelly Platte Seibel and Julie Anne Overton