Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 11:45 AM
Bent Tree Country Club
Graduate, Highland Park High School, 1950
Graduate, Southern Methodist University, 1954 B.A. Radio/TV
Head Cheerleader, M Award, Rotunda Favorite, Who's Who in American Universities, Blue Key, Vice President Cycen Fjodr, Y President, Class Treasurer, Distinguished AFROTC Graduate, Outstanding Sophomore Cadet, Outstanding Junior Cadet, Wing Adjutant, Freshman Swim Team
Attended S.M.U. on Dallas Morning News scholarship; carried Dallas News paper route from junior high through college plus four part time jobs while in S.M.U. After graduation, served in Strategic Air Command
After military service was Dallas deejay at KGKO, KBOX, WRR, WFAA. Named Manager of Programming and Production and WFAA, youngest such in USA; converted station into modern operation and moved into new building at Communications Center. Served as Chair of Dallas News Employee Roundtable. Named by Dallas Jaycees as "Dallas' Outstanding Young Man". Did only on-scene broadcast of JFK assassination from lobby of School Book Depository Building. (Later Secret Service confirmed that the individual who told the telephone location was Oswald on his way out of the building). Narrator for Sixth Floor Museum tour.
Left WFAA at invitation of Willis Tate to be Director of Alumni Affairs at S.M.U. Converted records to computer and produced first alumni directory; produced 50th Anniversary celebration; wrote lyrics to new fight song; established Women of Achievement Award now part of Distinguished Alumni Awards; solicited funds and built Thornton Alumni Center; established Golden Mustangs; "Alumnites"; coordinated first season ticket campaign to compete with Dallas Cowboys and sold record number - and Mustangs won SWC title.
Left S.M.U. to set up public relations division at Tracy-Locke; won CLIO, Freedom Foundation Honor Medal and other international awards for pioneering work for State Bar of Texas; then established own marketing firm; entered residential real estate in 2003.
Life Member, HPHS Alumni Association
Life Member, S.M.U. Alumni Association
Life Member, Texas State Historical Association
Fellow, Dallas Historical Society
Board,. S.M. Wright Foundation, recognized for growing pilot programs in south Dallas. Distributed over a million and a half pounds of food in last three years; tutorial and clothing program; served over 20,000 for Christmas in Automobile Building at Fair Park)
Dallas Center for Performing arts, Advisory Board, Brinker Lecture series
Dallas/Fort Worth Council for World Affairs, Advisory Council
U.T. Dallas Center for Brain Health, Advisory Board
Museum of Dallas, Old Red Courthouse, Board
Chair, Highland Park Centennial
Chair, Dedman College Executive Board; active in establishing Collegium da Vinci; established Allman Lecture that has brought Nobel laureates from literature through physics to campus; member Second Century Campaign Committee, Dedman College
Steering Committee, Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy (Chair of capital campaign that raise $5 million to renovate park; named Allman Pavilion, first new structure in park since 1938
Cofounder, past President, Park Cities Historical Society (did first survey of historic homes)
Cofounder, past President Friends of the Highland Park Library (almost $1 million raised for library programs; funded recent book on Park Cities architecture and Allman Fireside Room at renovated library)
Cofounder, past President, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, community celebration of Park Cities (raised over $4 million for Park Cities projects)
Distinguished Service Award, Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America (while in HPHS was highest ranking scout in USA with 104 merit badges; started Guide program at Philmont Scout Ranch)
Member, Highland Park United Methodist Church; former teacher in youth department for six years
Past President, Dallas Council of Campfire; established annual candy sale; member national board, coordinated transition into coed program; Gulick Award
Special Blanket Award from Highland Park High School for helping establish HP Arts and for chairing a community wide committee to vote to keep the school district independent of state control.
ABA President Jay Henry and Pierce Allman
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