Thanks A Million 1999: More than $1 million

Philanthropists who gave more than $1 million.

February 2000By Comments

FRED THOMSON COUPER AND MARY FRANCES BOWLES COUPER

Houston, $10 million

A home, eighteen wooded acres, art, and furniture valued at a total of $10 MILLION to MEMORIAL HERMANN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, in Houston. When the Coupers no longer live in the house, it will be converted into a wellness center. Mrs. Couper is a former trustee of the system. Mr. Couper was a principal of the Couper Company, an oil, gas, and real estate investment concern.

FAYEZ SAROFIM

Houston, $8 million

$8 MILLION to SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, in Georgetown, to fund programs at its school of fine arts, which will be renamed the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Mr. Sarofim, an investment adviser, has managed Southwestern’s endowment since 1968.

JOHN J. AND REBECCA MOORES

Houston, $7.5 million

$7.5 MILLION to the ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, in San Diego, California. Mr. Moores is the majority owner of the San Diego Padres.

ROBERT H., SR., AND NANCY DEDMAN

Dallas, $7 million

$7 MILLION to FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, in Tallahassee, to endow the hospitality and professional golf management programs at its College of Business. Mr. Dedman is the chairman of ClubCorp International, the world’s largest network of private clubs and resorts.

THOMAS O. AND CINDA HICKS

Dallas, $6.8 million

$6.8 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS, in Dallas. Part of the money will go to the school’s endowment; the rest will help pay for the construction of the Hicks Family Athletic Center. Mr. Hicks, the chairman and CEO of the investment firm Hicks, Muse, Tate, and Furst, is a member of the board of trustees at St. Mark’s; he and Mrs. Hicks are the parents of a St. Mark’s graduate and three current students.

Mr. Hicks also made a gift to SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, in Dallas. He and his brother Steven (see page 138) jointly gave $1 MILLION to the university to establish a scholarship fund at its Perkins School of Theology in memory of their grandfather, Dr. John Hicks, who taught there for 35 years.

MICHAEL AND SUSAN DELL

Austin, $6.4 million

$3 MILLION to ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL, in Austin, to help build a new high school campus. Mr. Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Computer.

$1.9 MILLION to Austin’s INSURE A KID, a partnership between the Seton Healthcare Network and Texas Healthy Kids, and to help pay for a public education and outreach campaign.

$1 MILLION to the UNITED WAY­CAPITAL AREA COMMUNITY FUND, in Austin, which supports 47 health and human services organizations in Central Texas.

$500,000 to the AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY to create computer centers for children at Austin’s libraries.

H. R. “BUM” BRIGHT

Dallas, $5 million

$5 MILLION to CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER, in Dallas. In recognition of the gift the hospital’s outpatient facility has been renamed the Bright Building. Mr. Bright is an oilman and the former owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

CHRISTOPHER “KIT” GOLDSBURY

San Antonio, $5 million

$5 MILLION to CHRISTUS SANTA ROSA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, in San Antonio, to establish a permanent endowment and to buy furniture and equipment for a new outpatient center. Mr. Goldsbury made his fortune from the sale of salsa maker Pace Foods.

KEVIN AND DEBRA ROLLINS

Austin, $5 million

$5 MILLION to ARTS CENTER STAGE, in Austin, to help transform Palmer Auditorium into the Long Center for the Performing Arts. In recognition of the gift, the studio theater will be named for the Rollinses. Mr. Rollins, a vice chairman of Dell Computer, is a trustee of ARTS CENTER STAGE.

BEATRICE M. HAGGERTY

Dallas, $4.5 million

$4.5 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS to construct two new art buildings—one for sculpture, the other for art history. Mrs. Haggerty is a trustee emerita of the university.

WILL AND SUSANNE GALTNEY

Houston, $4 million

$4 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI, in Oxford, Mississippi, to pay for the creation of the Galtney Center for Academic Computing. Mr. Galtney is the chairman of the Galtney Group, a holding company for insurance brokerage firms; he and his wife are graduates of Ole Miss.

NANCY HAMON

Dallas, $4 million

$4 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to help build a student center named for her friend Bryan Williams, a former associate dean at Southwestern Medical School.

WILLIAM AND BETTYE NOWLIN

Austin, $3.7 million

$3.7 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. $2 MILLION will go to the Texas Astronomy Education Center Fund; $1.7 MILLION will endow the new Nowlin Chair in Engineering. Mr. Nowlin co-founded National Instruments; the Nowlins are graduates of UT-Austin.

CHARLES BARKLEY

Houston, $3 million

$1 MILLION to LEEDS HIGH SCHOOL in Leeds, Alabama, from which Mr. Barkley, of the Houston Rockets, graduated in 1981.

$1 MILLION to AUBURN UNIVERSITY in Alabama, which he attended until 1984.

$1 MILLION to the CORNERSTONE SCHOOL in Birmingham, Alabama, which Mr. Barkley says does “a good job with inner-city kids.”

JO ANNE CHRISTIAN, JANE SIBLEY, AND JARE SMITH, SARAH AND DR. ERNEST BUTLER, MICHELE AND BRAD MOORE, CAROLYN AND MARC SERIFF, BANK OF AMERICA, AND A GROUP OF ANONYMOUS DONORS

Austin, $3 million

$3 MILLION to ARTS CENTER STAGE, in Austin, to help transform Palmer Auditorium into the Long Center for the Performing Arts. On behalf of the city’s symphony, opera, and ballet companies, the “Three J’s” (as the longtime friends are known) led the effort to win voter approval of the project.

JOHN T. “TOM,” JR., AND JEAN WALTER

Dallas, $3 million

$3 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to pay for research and clinical care in breast cancer and other areas. Mr. Walter is a former chief financial officer of Electronic Data Systems.


JEFF AND NANCY MARCUS

Dallas, $2.7 million

$1.5 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to endow a master teacher chair. Mr. Marcus, the founder of Marcus Cable, is a St. Mark’s trustee; he and Mrs. Marcus are the parents of a St. Mark’s graduate.

$1.2 MILLION to endow chairs in science and literature at the UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS. Mrs. Marcus is a trustee of the university.

WILLIAM J. DORÉ, SR.

Houston, $2.5 million

$2.5 MILLION to the M. D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER, in Houston, to fund cancer research. Mr. Doré is the CEO, chairman, and president of Global Industries.

LOGAN AND LEE FORD

Dallas, $2.5 million

$2.5 MILLION to SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY to endow a scholarship fund at its School of Law. Mr. Ford, a retired Dallas attorney who died shortly after the gift was announced, was a graduate of the law school.

BILLIE JOE “RED” AND CHARLINE MCCOMBS

San Antonio, $2.5 million

$2.25 MILLION to SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY to pay for the construction of a residence hall and an athletic facility and to help get medical personnel and volunteers to Macedonia and Albania to treat Kosovar refugees. Mr. and Mrs. McCombs attended the university, whose board of trustees he currently chairs. Mr. McCombs owns the Minnesota Vikings and several car dealerships and is a co-founder of Clear Channel Communications.

$250,000 to SAN ANTONIO ACADEMY, a 113-year-old private school for boys.

MARGARET MCDERMOTT

Dallas, $2.5 million

$2.5 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to endow the Eugene McDermott Headmastership. Mrs. McDermott is a Life Trustee of St. Mark’s; her late husband was one of the school’s founders.

ROSS, JR., AND SARAH PEROT

Fort Worth, $2.5 million

$2.5 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS for its endowment. Mr. Perot, a real estate developer, is a graduate of St. Mark’s and a trustee of the school; he and his wife are general chairs of its capital campaign and the parents of two students.

REX HOUSTON AND FRIENDS

Henderson, $2.2 million

$2.2 MILLION to BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, in Waco, from this graduate of its law school and his partners in the law firm of Wellborn, Houston, Adkison, Mann, Sadler, and Hill. The gift will pay for the construction of a practice courtroom in Baylor’s new Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.

MARGARET R. BRADSHAW

Houston, $2 million

$2 MILLION to the MEMORIAL HERMANN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, in Houston, for an endowment at its wellness center. Mrs. Bradshaw’s late husband, B.J., was a trustee of the system.

JEFF AND GAIL KODOSKY

Austin, $2 million

$2 MILLION to ARTS CENTER STAGE, in Austin, to help transform Palmer Auditorium into the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Kodosky is a co-founder of National Instruments.

DOROTHY KRONZER AND DON RIDDLE

Houston, $2 million

$2 MILLION to BAYLOR UNIVERSITY’S LAW SCHOOL to pay for the construction of the W. James and Dorothy Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Courtroom and to set up the Don R. Riddle Endowed Scholarship Program. Mrs. Kronzer is a graduate of the university and a regent emerita. Mr. Riddle, also a graduate, practiced law with the late Mr. Kronzer.

SUE MAYBORN

Temple, $2 million

$2 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, in Denton, to create the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. The gift is in memory of her husband, Frank W. Mayborn, who started Channel 6 in Temple. Mrs. Mayborn is the president of that station today and is also the editor and publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Herald.

THE FAMILY OF REECE A. OVERCASH, JR.

Dallas, $2 million

$2 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to establish two centers for cancer research. Mr. Overcash was the CEO of Associates Corporation of North America until he died of colon cancer in 1995.

THOMAS B., JR., AND ANNE MARIE WALKER

Dallas, $2 million

$2 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS to pay for research in the areas of breast cancer and age-related blindness. Mr. Walker is a retired general partner of the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.

JIM AND DEBORAH GODWIN

Houston, $1.8 million

$1.8 MILLION to RICE UNIVERSITY to fund a professorship in natural science. Mr. Godwin, the founder of Godwin Machine Works, is the former director of Rice’s space science department machine shop.

JEFFREY AND CAROL HELLER

Dallas, $1.7 million

$1.7 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN to fund programs in various areas, including athletics, business, and engineering. Mr. Heller is the president and CEO of Electronic Data Systems; he and Mrs. Heller are graduates of UT-Austin.

JAMES AVERY

Fredericksburg, $1.5 million

$1.5 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN to endow a chair at its College of Fine and Applied Arts and to support a student and faculty awards program. Mr. Avery, a graduate of the university, is the founder of James Avery Craftsman, a chain of jewelry stores.

CHARLES AND DANA NEARBURG

Dallas, $1.5 million

$1.5 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to help fund the school’s endowment and to help pay for the construction of a new administration and classroom building. Mr. Nearburg is a graduate of St. Mark’s and sits on its board of trustees.

JOSEPH D. AND LEE JAMAIL

Houston, $1.4 million

$1.4 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN to fund programs, mostly in athletics. Mr. Jamail, an attorney, is a graduate of the university.

NATE AND ANN LEVINE

Dallas, $1.25 million

$1.25 MILLION to SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY to help fund an endowed chair in Jewish studies. Mr. Levine is the founder and chairman of Etan Industries, a cable television and investment company.

WILLIAM D. “TEX” AND VAUGHN GROSS

Dallas, $1.2 million

$1.2 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN to fund programs at its College of Education. Mr. Gross is the managing partner of Service Asset Management Company; he and Mrs. Gross are graduates of UT-Austin.

JOHN AND LYN MUSE

Dallas, $1.125 million

$1.125 MILLION to ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS to provide financial aid and to pay for a summer enrichment program for seventh- and eighth-grade public school students. Mr. Muse, a principal with the investment firm Hicks, Muse, Tate, and Furst, is a trustee at St. Mark’s

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