Thanks A Million 1999: $1 Million

Philanthropists who gave more than $1 million.

February 2000By Comments

BILL AND ANGIE BARRETT

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to establish the Barrett Family Center for Pediatric Oncology. Mr. Barrett is the chairman of Willow Distributors.

LOUIS A. BEECHERL, JR.

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN to fund programs in its engineering department. Mr. Beecherl, the president of the Beecherl Companies, is a former chairman of the UT System Board of Regents.

THE FAMILY OF ROGELIO BENAVIDES

Corpus Christi, $1 million

$1 MILLION to TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT CORPUS CHRISTI to endow an engineering professorship that will emphasize industrial safety. While working for American Chrome and Chemicals in 1989, Mr. Benavides fell through a walkway and was killed; his family sued the company for gross negligence and received an undisclosed settlement.

DON A. BUCHHOLZ

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS to establish a professorship in community-college education at its College of Education. Mr. Buchholz, the chairman and a co-founder of Southwest Securities Group, is a graduate of the university.

JACK AND MARY BUSH

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, in Columbia, Missouri, to pay for international programs and initiatives in its College of Business and Public Administration. Mr. Bush is the president of Raintree Partners, a consulting firm; he and Mrs. Bush are graduates of the university.

ERNEST AND SARAH BUTLER

Austin, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART to endow the position of executive director. Mr. Butler, a retired physician, sits on the museum’s board.

ROBERT W. AND MAUREEN DECHERD

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to fund unspecified programs. Mr. Decherd, who is the chairman, president, and CEO of Belo Corporation, is a graduate of St. Mark’s; he also co-chairs the executive committee of the school’s capital campaign.

HOWARD, JR., AND JANE DUDGEON

Waco, $1 million

$1 MILLION to BAYLOR UNIVERSITY to create the Howard and Jane Dudgeon Museum Studies Interpretive Classroom and Learning Center and to endow the Jane and Howard Dudgeon Excellence Fund for the Armstrong Browning Library. Mr. Dudgeon, a former mayor of Waco, attended the university, as did Mrs. Dudgeon.

PAUL F. “CHIP” AND KARA FERGUSON

Beaumont, $1 million

$1 MILLION to RICE UNIVERSITY to endow athletic scholarships. Mr. Ferguson, an attorney, played baseball for Rice in the late seventies.

SAMUEL FRECH

Corpus Christi, $1 million

$1 MILLION to TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, in Corpus Christi, to help pay for the construction of a performing arts center. Mr. Frech, a financial consultant, is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin.

JUNE E. GILLIS

Houston, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN to pay for scholarships and awards in the College of Engineering. Mrs. Gillis’ late husband, Manly Eugene Gillis, was a graduate of the university.

GERALD AND DIANE HADDOCK

Fort Worth, $1 million

$1 MILLION to BAYLOR UNIVERSITY’S LAW SCHOOL to underwrite the construction of a new courtyard. Mr. Haddock, the co-founder of Crescent Real Estate, is a graduate of Baylor’s law and business schools.

E. R. “ED” HAGGAR, J. M. HAGGAR, JR., AND ROSEMARY HAGGAR VAUGHAN

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS to help pay for the construction of the Haggerty Arts Village. Ed Haggar is a trustee of the university.

WALLACE, SR., AND SYDNEY HALL, WALLACE, JR., AND KRISTI HALL, AND HOUSTON AND MICHELLE HALL

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to pay for the creation of an Environmental Science Program. Houston Hall is a graduate of St. Mark’s, as is Wallace Hall, Jr., who sits on the school’s board.

MILLEDGE A. III AND LINDA HART

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to establish the Perry E. Gross, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Family Practice. The gift honors the Harts’ family physician of more than 35 years. Mr. Hart is a founder of Electronic Data Systems. Mrs. Hart is the vice chairman and CEO of the Hart Group, an investment company.

STEVEN HICKS AND DONNA STOCKTON-HICKS

Austin, $1 MILLION

$1 MILLION to the AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART to pay for the construction of its new plaza and sculpture garden, which will be named in honor of Mrs. Hicks. Mr. Hicks is the CEO of AMFM New Media.

GARY AND KAREN HUGHES

Lubbock, $1 million

$1 MILLION to TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, in Lubbock, to fund various programs. Mr. Hughes, a registered representative at Aetna Investment Services, is a graduate of the university, as is Mrs. Hughes.

JERRY AND GENE JONES

Irving, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, in Washington, D.C., to purchase duplicates of volumes from the personal collection of Thomas Jefferson that were destroyed in a fire at the U.S. Capitol in 1851. Mr. Jones owns the Dallas Cowboys.

LAWRENCE AND JOYCE LACERTE

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to pay for programs in technology. Mr. Lacerte, the founder of Lacerte Software, and his wife co-chair the school’s capital campaign.

MIKE AND LINDA MEWHINNEY

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT to pay for scholarships. Mr. Mewhinney is a retired partner in the money-management firm Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney, and Strauss. Mrs. Mewhinney attended two of the district’s colleges.

WILLIAM AND MAUREEN MILLER

Corpus Christi, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the SOUTH TEXAS INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS, in Corpus Christi, to help fund the Maureen and William Miller Educational Wing. Mr. Miller, an oilman, chairs STIA’s endowment board.

JAMES M., JR., AND LYNN MORONEY

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS to create an executive conference center at its Graduate School of Management. Mr. Moroney, the former CEO of Belo Corporation, chairs the university’s board of trustees.

KEN AND SHIRLEY MURPHY

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS to pay for the creation of an enterprise center at its College of Business Administration. The Murphys, who founded Mail Box, Inc., are graduates of the university.

GEORGE AND DOMINIQUE PERRIN

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to help pay for the construction of new buildings. Mr. Perrin is the founder and former CEO of PageNet; he and Mrs. Perrin are the parents of a St. Mark’s student.

GEORGE A. ROBERTS

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to help establish a clinical and research center for liver diseases in honor of his late wife, Jeanne Marie Polk Roberts. Mr. Roberts, a retired physician, is a graduate of UT-Southwestern.

ORVILLE AND ESTHER BETH ROGERS

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY to help pay for the construction of a new women’s residence hall. Mr. Rogers is a former Baptist missionary.

BOB AND MYRNA SCHLEGEL

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY to help pay for the construction of the Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mr. Schlegel is the owner and CEO of Pavestone Company.

CHARLES E. AND SARAH SEAY

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to OPERATION KINDNESS, of Dallas, to help build a shelter for unwanted cats and dogs. Mr. Seay is the founder of Charles E. Seay Investments.

BOB SMITH

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY to pay for the creation of a pre-medical studies center. Mr. Smith is a graduate of SMU’s pre-med program and is a former member of the university’s board of trustees.

NELDA C. STARK

Orange, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON to establish a professorship in internal medicine. Mrs. Stark died soon after making this gift.

DENNIS AND CINDY WALL

Lubbock, $1 million

$1 MILLION to UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS to endow a professorship in instructional technology at the College of Education. Mr. Wall, the regional manager for Aetna Life Brokerage, is a graduate of the university.

JEAN D. WILSON AND MARGARET SITTON

Dallas and Austin, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to establish the Jean D. Wilson Center for Biomedical Research. Mr. Wilson is a former chief of endocrinology at UT-Southwestern. Mrs. Sitton, his sister, is a former dean of Florida State University.

RAY AND ANN WOOLDRIDGE

Dallas, $1 million

$1 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS to pay for the renovation of dormitories. Mr. Wooldridge is a former vice chairman of Southwest Securities; Mrs. Wooldridge sits on the university’s board of trustees.

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