Dallas’ top players of the Eighties

“YOU CAN’T WIN if you’re not at the table.”

Joan Didion said that. She was writing about other games in other stratospheres of life, but she was also describing power in Dallas. Being present, at the meeting, on the phone, at the benefit, the lunch or dinner, every day most days of the year is central to Dallas leadership. It isn’t money that elevates you to the inner circle -though money does matter -and it isn’t brains – though they can help. Above all, it’s a continuing, unflinching investment of time, energy and resources in the commonweal.

Commitment to Dallas is the first step to power. Next is the ability to work well as a team player. This is not a town for solitary performers, no matter how brilliant they may be. It’s crucial to keep your blockers with you and not dash off on a tangent, or make the mistake of believing that you accomplished something important on your own. That’s highly unlikely. Dallas is too complex to move many mountains around here without a lot of help.

Seeing the big picture is vital to leadership in Dallas. Single-issue players may win key battles, but they seldom achieve real staying power unless they broaden their vision to see the city as a whole. We’ve heard a great deal about the growing importance of neighborhood groups in Oak Lawn and East Dallas, and they have been significant catalysts. What keeps them from long-term influence is the narrowness of their interests, which they confine primarily to back-zoning and thoroughfare issues. As one observer put it, “They tend to be purists in their wish to build a picket fence around East Dallas. They want to run the city, but it’s not clear what they want to do with it.” If the neighborhood groups ever find out, they’ll be a far more formidable force than they are today.

Staying power. The long haul. These are the telling phrases. The emerging generation of leadership will be those who plan to spend most of their lives in Dallas and who know how to pace themselves without burning out in a single fight. This is not a town for High Noon confrontations. Running Dallas can be messy, and the power prizes go to those with skills for maintaining appropriate appearances.

A Dallas physician, no stranger to intrigue, said that public life is like a coral reef: It’s built painstakingly, tiny bit by bit, until an intricate web of mutual esteem and obligation, healed hurts and shared experience, links each power player to the rest. This is the reef that’s assembling itself in Dallas today. It will shape the city for the rest of this century.

GEORGE SCHRADER. Former city manager, he served under three mayors (Jonsson, Wise and Folsom) and hired as assistant city managers the two people who are running the staff at City Hall today: City Manager Charles Anderson and Deputy City Manager Camille Barnett. Though now in business, Schrader is too knowledgeable not to continue in a role of civic importance.

BOB FOLSOM. The former mayor took up the mantle of business leadership at City Hall where Erik Jonsson left off-before the intervention of populist Mayor Wes Wise, currently a city councilman. Folsom played a key role in persuading Jack Evans to run as his successor and remains highly influential in Dallas.

Alex Bickley. Formerly city attorney and currently executive vice president of the Dallas Citizens Council, a powerful arm of the business community, Alex Bickley seems to be everywhere, involved in everything. He represents the old guard in almost all critical issues, and he’s careful to bring new people along. It was Bickley who insisted that lawyers be admitted to the Citizens Council, which traditionally had been limited to top corporate manage-ment.CHARLES PISTOR. Chairman and chief executive officer of RepublicBank Dallas and chairman of the management committee of RepublicBank Corporation, Charles Pistor was recently a delegate to the International Monetary Conference in Vancouver, Canada. He divides his time between Dallas commitments, which are many, and national banking matters, especially government relations.

DAVE FOX. Though he is no longer chairman of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, everything, it seems, is still cleared with Dave Fox, a shrewd operator at the upper levels of civic life. A homebuilder by trade, he knows how to protect his position and how to make sound judgments about people. Receptive to ideas and trusted by minorities, Fox is a valuable emissary from the business community to the city at-large.

ELVIS MASON. Chairman and chief executive officer of InterFirst Corporation and likely next president of the Dallas Citizens Council, Elvis Mason is a Republican with close ties to Vice President George Bush. Look for him to figure prominently in national, as well as local, decisions.

JACK EVANS. The mayor combines a traditional approach to leadership, based on experience running United Way and the museum bond election campaign of 1979, with an open-door policy that extends to all sectors of the city. Sensitive to his varied constituents and quick to establish rapport, the role of mediator between the old Dallas and the new comes to him naturally. When he lunches at the Quadrant Club, he is seated at Bob Cullum’s old corner table, and that’s an apt comment on the Evans leadership style.


John Scovell. John Scov-ell has been deeply involved in the school desegregation case. Working with the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Scovell has been a critical mainstay in the effort to restore education to Dallas public schools. Look for him to broaden his involvement and become one of the most important leaders in Dallas of the Eighties and Nineties.

JOHN JOHNSON. An attorney who built one of Dallas’ largest, most successful young law firms, John Johnson plunged into civic affairs, developing issue papers for Mayor Jack Evans and helping to form the Quality Education Committee [QEC] to run candidates for the Dallas School Board, which was desperate for a new direction. QEC provided that direction and proved that the business community can be effective in the political arena, a subject open to considerable debate during the Seventies. Johnson also plays a strong role in international affairs at the Chamber of Commerce and is one of five lawyers recently named to the Dallas Citizens Council.

JOHN STEMMONS JR. He carries the name of one of the most powerful members of the old guard, and he can be expected to exert considerable influence on all fronts in the years ahead. Forthright and tothe-point, Stemmons is a generalist with keen instincts for the most effective way to get where he wants to go with a minimum of guff.

RAY HUNT. Quiet and completely low-profile, Ray Hunt can be as powerful as he wants to be. Though Hunt Oil Company requires most of his time, he serves on the top-level Dallas Citizens Council and brings a strong sense of the community to all his interests.

BOB ROGERS. Late last year, Bob Rogers came close to being named vice chairman of the Federal Reserve with a clear shot at chairman. As chief executive officer of Texas Industries and a member of the Citizens Council plus several key boards, he’ll tend his local base and very likely surface again in the national arena. He’s respected in Dallas power circles because of his principled approach and let’s-et-it-done attitude.

JOE MUSOLINO. This young president of Republic-Bank has just added the job of vice president of RepublicBank Corporation to his business duties. In addition, he serves as vice chairman of the North Texas Commission and on the boards of Baylor University Medical Center Foundation, Children’s Medical Center and SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business. He’s a fast-rising star throughout the community.

HARRY HARTLEY. A darlk horse in the race for power in Dallas, Bartley is president of the Celanese Chemical Co., Inc. Active in the Chamber of Commerce, he compels attention from his peers there, who are often glancing sideways to see how Bartley is doing. The answer is usually, “fine.” One observer says that Bartley says little, but is listened to when he does speak. He adopts no specific causes but gladly makes the work of others his own when he’s asked. He is highly respected by the old guard, but the big question about Bartley’s leadership potential hinges on how long he stays in Dallas.

BILL SOLOMON. The likely next chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Bill Solomon brings to public issues the essential gifts of unpretentious attention to detail and a preference for one-on-one contact with people from all sectors of the city. Named chief executive officer of Austin Industries at a very young age, he’s already deeply experienced in business and civic life.

WALT HUMANN. A former White House fellow, Walt Humann is a natural public man. You’re likely to find him wherever the action is. In 1976, it was with the Dallas Alliance, help-ing Dave Fox and others to shape a desegregation plan for Dallas schools. In 1980, it was with the transportation task force, trying to pass a one-cent sales tax to finance rapid transit in Dallas. Transit is Humann’s primary interest.

TOM MCCARTIN. Publisher of the Dallas Times Herald, McCartin is fond of speaking of Dallas as a “Renaissance City.” He works hard to make that statement come true with his support of the arts and the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, plus a strong interest in projects that benefit the black community. He’s a national corporate man (The Times Mirror Company), and his tenure in Dallas is uncertain; hence, it’s hard to predict his role in the city’s future.

ROBERT DECHERD. Execu-tive vice president of Belo Corp., which publishes The Dallas Morning News, Robert Decherd is heir apparent to the influence his newspaper and family (the Dealeys) have long exerted in Dallas. He’s consumed now with the rebirth and growth of The Dallas Morning News, so he won’t be out front for a while. But when Decherd does step forward, he’ll come on strong.

SID STAHL. The front-runner for mayor after Evans, Sid Stahl knows City Hall as well as anybody there. He’s served as president of the Park Board, and long before that he was instrumental in creating the Community Relations Commission. The arts, transit and redevelopment of southern Dallas have been high on his agenda. Stahl has a habit of achieving his goals with patience, persistence and subtlety. He’ll be a formidable candidate for mayor, if he decides to run.

CARL SEWELL. A strong candidate to eventually succeed Carl J. Thomsen as chairman of the Goals for Dallas program, Carl Sewell is as good at selling a project as he is at selling Cadillacs. A new member of the Dallas Assembly, he’s been especial-ly involved in the KERA board. Known for his independent personality, he’s often the one to raise the flag when the crowd’s about to go off in the other direction.

JON WHITE. Current chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and active in the Dallas Assembly, Jon White takes a strong interest in civic life. He goes to the trouble to show up for occasions that might seem far afield, and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind when he disagrees. A durable member of the new guard.

BILL BREEDLOVE. Chairman of InterFirst Bank, Dallas and of the Central Business District Association, Bill Breedlove spent last year heading SMU’s Sustentation Drive. He’s also treasurer of the North Texas Commission and serves on the board of the YMCA. He’s squarely in the middle of the action downtown.

BOB HAYES. Very independent, very generous to the QEC campaign for the school board, Bob Hayes is not a man to put up with any fog: He wants the issue clarified and quickly. A good debater, he gets his point across with force and candor.

RON KESSLER. Former Democratic county chairman and unsuccessful candidate for the State Senate, Ron Kessler is now devoting himself to his law firm, Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, and moving toward a nonpartisan stance in the community. During the next five years, look for him to grow less identified with the Democratic Party and more oriented to Dallas.

NORMAN BRINKER. Norman Brinker has seriously considered running for mayor or governor, but now that he’s taken the helm of Burger King and all other Pillsbury restaurants, along with Steak and Ale, it’s virtually out of the question, at least for now. Even so, he’s past president of the Dallas Assembly, a major contributor to the Republican Party and is more involved than ever in civic affairs. Though he may never run for elective office, he’ll have a great deal of influence with those who do.

WAYNE CALLOWAY. President of Frito-Lay and of St. Mark’s Board of Trustees, Wayne Calloway is a solid contender for the inner circle, possibly without intending to be. Recently tapped by Mayor Evans to head a special business task force to help former Braniff employees, Callo-way moved with efficiency and dispatch to set-up phone banks in Room 180 of the World Trade Center. He’s well-regarded by the old guard and firmly established with the new.

TED ENLOE. President of Lomas and Nettleton and a protege of powerful Democratic fundraiser Jess Hay, Ted Enloe is active in Democratic politics as well as community affairs. When you ask him which has been the most important in recent years, he mentions the Quality Education Committee’s effort in the last School Board election.



RALPH HALL. Congressman, former county judge, banker, owner of the Lakeside News (edited by his son Hamp Hall), and undisputed father of Rockwall, Ralph presides over a ferocious tug-of-war between the old settlers and the new people, referred to as U-Haulers. Called by some “The town that overlooks Dallas,” Rockwall is growing dramatically, as Lake Ray Hubbard attracts not only new homes and business, but also the arts pavillion that Dallas plans to build in the next few years. City politics are furiously partisan, with Republicans making serious inroads on longtime Democrats, who used to run everything. “What we need,” says one observer, “is a Rockwall party.”


JERRY HOAGLAND. Collin County Commissioner Jerry Hoagland is said to be the most effective power broker in Plano. He masterminded the referendum campaign that threw out the cable television franchise awarded to Storer and tossed the ball back into the City Council’s court. Now Jack Harvard, mayor of Plano and executive vice president of NorthPark Bank, is presiding over that one.


RAYMOND NOAH. Mayor of Richardson for more than a decade, Raymond Noah is widely acknowledged as the prime mover of the town. Active in Republican politics, he’s been an attorney for the past several years. In addition to promoting the growth of Richardson, Noah is said to be the kind of guy who pitches in even when he doesn’t have to.


C.J. WEBSTER. City manager of Addison for seven years, C.J. Webster left two months ago to become a real estate developer, but he remains a consultant to the city, particularly with regard to his pet project, Old Town. This is an office and retail development in the oldest part of Addison that dates to 1900, when the railroad line terminated there. Webster and the city plan to keep about six vintage buildings and combine them with new construction, designed in the style of 1900. They’ll also add a theater to be leased to the Manhattan Clearing House, which operates Dallas’ Greenville Avenue Theatre. Big-time ideas from a big-league operator.


TRICIA SMITH. Tricia Smith ranks with Sid Stahl in her detailed knowledge of City Hall. A former member of the Park Board, current member of the Plan Commission and likely candidate for the City Council in next year’s election, she brings banking experience and years in the community vineyards of Oak Cliff to public life.

LEVI DAVIS. The fast track suits Levi Davis, and he’s made the most of his experience as an assistant city manager. Charged with overseeing the police department, he played a key role in the selection of Billy Prince as Dallas’ new chief.

DICK SMITH. Former city councilman and advisor to Republican candidates, Dick Smith has almost 10 years of hard-core experience with Dallas issues. The most important has been transit, and his expertise will be useful in the coming effort to hammer out a plan.

BEVERLY GANDY. As vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and director of its Leadership Dallas program, Beverly Gandy did much to fill the vacuum in up-and-coming Dallas leadership by identifying talent from all sectors of the city and putting that talent to work – often for the first time. She’s widely known and trusted, which makes her a valuable asset to City Hall, where she’s currently director of public affairs.

JAN LE CROY. Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Jan Le Croy is continually present in the community, whether at the Dallas Assembly, Goals for Dallas or the Press Club Gridiron show. Quietly ingratiating, he knows that you must be as anxious to help as you are to get help.

DAN PETTY. Dan Petty was president of the Chamber of Commerce before leaving to become president of Henry S. Miller Companies. Having also served as an assistant city manager and as an aide to former Gov. Preston Smith, he knows both the public and private sectors and how to make them work together.

TERRY FRITZ. As president of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Terry Fritz runs one of the citadels of the old guard. Currently, he’s urging the Chamber to take a more forceful position on big issues such as transit, and for the most part, he’s succeeding.

GAIL THOMAS. When Gail Thomas left the Center for Civic Leadership, which she founded at the University of Dallas, to start the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, she had with her a devoted group (including Don and Louise Cowan) with a passionate interest in public affairs. Their seminars on architecture and public education have been important contributions to the current debate on both subjects.

BOB THOMAS. One of Dallas’ leading lawyers, Bob Thomas represented the Dallas Independent School District in the desegregation case. As president of the Bar Association, he spearheaded the purchase and renovation of the Belo Mansion and created some badly needed, elegant neutral ground for community meetings downtown.

CHARLES SOLOMAN. One of the youngest presidents of the Salesmanship Club, Charles Soloman is also an insider with Goals for Dallas as well as the KERA board, where he served on the search committee that brought Richie Meyer to Dallas as the new president.

FORREST SMITH. Deeply involved in Dallas, from the Movie Classification Board to the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers, Forrest Smith’s major effort has been the creation of a panel of lawyers to endorse judicial candidates.

JIM OBERWETTER. Associated with Republican politics, Jim Oberwetter’s interests go far beyond party matters. His associates say that he has an excellent feel for the city, which makes him an indispensable advisor when the issue is sensitive. He serves as sounding board and strategist for the inner circle of the new guard.

PETE SCHENKEL. Director of Mayor Evans’ first cam-paign for election, Pete Schenkel serves on the Park Board and remains politically close to the mayor. Well acquainted with traditional sources of power in Dallas, he’s a good connector of groups such as the Dallas Assembly and the Salesmanship Club to other sectors of the city.

JERRY BARTOS. He served” on the School Board during its nadir and was instrumental in bringing to light certain irregularities that occurred during Nolan Estes’ tenure as superintendent. Bartos Aalso worked closely with North Dallas par-ents who were determined to change the direction of the board to bring Dallas schools back to real learning. He and his wife, Candye, are prime movers of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, an organization growing in numbers and influence.

DAVE BRADEN. An archi-tect, president of the Greater Dallas Planning Council, longtime player in city politics, Dave Braden’s amiable manner and conciliatory nature will be important to Dallas as the city works to balance growth with amenity.

BOBBY LYLE. Former SMU Business School dean turned oil man, Bobby Lyle is the likely next president of the Dallas Assembly. He was a fund raiser for Congressional Candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison. Thoughtful and meticulously organized, we’ll be hearing more about him.

REX JOBE. Whenever there’s a community issue or an election of importance, you can bet that Rex Jobe will be there. He was a close advisor to Jerry Bartos when Bartos served on the School Board and to Steve Bartlett during Bart-lett’s years on the City Council. Republican in his politics, tireless in his approach, Rex Jobe takes time for the details of public life.

FRED CURRY. Member of the Interim Regional Transportation Authority and Chairman of the city’s Board of Transit, Fred Curry may find himself dealing with a bus drivers’ strike when their contract is up this fall. Chances are that Curry and the city will hang tough.

BILLY ALLEN. A Controversial member of the Park Board with both fans and detractors, Billy Allen is president of Minority Search Inc. and past president of the Black Chamber of Commerce. He was a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, serves on the Park Board and may well be a candidate at some point for the City Council.

ANNETT STRAUSS. Veteran of city boards from Movie Classification to Parks, experienced in politics at all levels, a major figure in fund-raising for the arts and trustee of Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Annette Strauss has announced that she will run for the city council in next year’s election.

HELEN GIDDINGS. President of the Black Chamber of Commerce and owner and operator of her own business, Select Personnel, Helen Giddings serves on the Dallas Transit Board. plus the boards of the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Alliance and American Red Cross. She’s also a member of the Tri-Racial Committee and a Leadership Dallas alum.

THERESA CANALES-JUD. Vice President of First City Bank, Theresa Canales-Jud was instrumental in beginning Dallas Women’s Employment and Education, Inc. She’s on the boards of the Dallas Association for Retarded Children and the American Red Cross, plus the executive committee of the Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission. Active in the bond election for the museum in 1979, she plans to work for the symphony bond program this July.

RAY NASHER. Developer and urban design expert, Ray Nasher has been too busy in the past serving at the United Nations and lecturing at Harvard to spend much time on Dallas issues. Now, transit has has caught his attention, and he’s deeply involved as chairman of the Citizens Council’s Transportation Committee. Recently, he took City Manager Chuck Anderson and Chamber President Terry Fritz to Houston to meet John Turner, chairman of that city’s transit authority, hoping that Dallas and Houston could lobby in Austin with a united front.

TERRY GRIFFIN. Quiet and competent, Terry Griffin serves on the board of the Dallas Assembly. Look for him to play an increasingly important role in this and other organizations central to the new guard.


There are many important leaders in the arts: George Charlton of the Museum of Art, Bill Seay of the Symphony, Richard Marcus at the Theater Center and Bill Winspear of the Civic Opera, among others. We feel a special interest in museum director Harry Parker because he accomplished the impossible dream of building a new museum downtown -a feat of fantastic political subtlety and perseverance- and Al Milano, new business manager of Dallas Theater Center, who lost no time charting a badly needed change in course with a new artistic director to replace the retiring Paul Baker.


If you want to run for office or pass a bond election, call Weekley, Amps and Gray -John Weekley, Judy Bonner Amps and Enid Gray. They’ve managed campaigns for Parkland Hospital bonds, congressional candidate Steve Bartlett, and now, the Dallas Symphony’s concert hall bonds. The trio managed Jack Evans’ race for mayor last year.


John Schoellkopf. A candidate for mayor in 1975, he lost to Wes Wise and retired to his Fincastle Farm near Athens, Texas, to raise blueberries. Due back in Dallas this fall to put his kids in school, John Schoellkopf can’t stay away from politics forever. Instrumental in getting the city council over the treacherous hurdle from at-large to single-member districts, he’ll surely be involved again.

Buzz Crutcher. Active in Schoellkopf’s campaign for mayor and close to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, Buzz Crutcher is working in the Bentsen race this year, but not as hard as he did in 1976. Interested in his own business affairs at the moment, look for him to surface sometime in the future.

Michael Collins. Recently resigned as chief executive officer of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company, Michael Collins is taking time out to help his father, Jim Collins, run for the Senate against Lloyd Bentsen. After that he’ll search out new business opportunities and probably find his way back into public affairs along with his old friend, John Schoellkopf.

Garry Weber. Retiring as county judge after more than a decade in politics, Garry Weber has compiled a record of calm competence at the court house, something not seen there in a number of years. He leaves with a firm base that will be there for him whenever he’s ready to return.

EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON. Former legislator, regional administrator of HEW and top-level member of the department of HEW in Washington, Eddie Bernice Johnson is in a holding pattern at the moment, but look for her to run for Congress before long.

SCHERRY JOHNSON. One-time director of Leadership Dallas at the Chamber of Commerce, she’s planning to spend a year with her husband in Saudi Arabia. She’ll be back and deeply involved in the city.


Certainly it’s happened before in Dallas that several members of one family have been involved in the community, but seldom have three played such significant simultaneous roles in a single critical area: the design of the city. Dr. P.O.B. Montgomery has taken a leave from his post at Southwestern Medical School to coordinate development of the Arts District downtown; his wife, Ruth Ann Montgomery, is serving on the City Plan Commission, having been a prime mover before that in historic preservation; and son Phil Montgomery is chairman of the Dallas Symphony’s bond campaign to raise funds for a new symphony hall in the Arts District.


HARDEN WIEDEMANN. After editing the quarterly, Campaigns and Elections, in Washington, Harden Wiedemann returned to Dallas to enter the insurance business and almost certainly Democratic politics. He was Dallas finance chairman for Chet Edwards’ campaign for the State Senate, and he and wife Cynthia (a Republican) managed phone banks for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s congressional race. Involved with El Taxco, a group of young Democrats (Tom Dunning, Sandy Kress, George Bramblett, Ted Enloe, et al), he’s “trying to make it respectable to be a Democrat in Dallas.”

Richard Fisher. An aide to former Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal in the Carter Administration and son-in-law of Republican Senate candidate Jim Collins, Richard Fisher was sent to Dallas by Brown Brothers Harriman to open an office. He’s done more than that. Operating with discretion and elegance and drawing on friendships from his Treasury days, he has been host at occasions honoring dignitaries from Japan, Holland and elsewhere, making him a bright new light in financial and international Dallas.

John Carpenter. Developer of Las Colinas, John Carpenter is guiding the growth of one of Dallas’ three major commercial hubs (the other two are downtown and far North Dallas near Belt Line).

How interested he and his wife Cele Briscoe Carpenter (daughter of former governor Dolph) are in politics, we don’t know. An associate of John’s says not very. For now they have quite enough to fill their lives at fast-moving Las Colinas.

SANDY KRESS. Lawyer and Dallas campaign manager for Buddy Temple in his race for governor, Sandy Kress considered running for Democratic county chairman but backed off. He worked on issue papers for Mayor Evans and helped develop the Mayor’s Partnership Dallas idea.

MEG VINT. Director of Leadership Dallas at the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Dal-las Cable Television Board, where she was Councilman Lee Simpson’s appointment, Meg Vint has the necessary political skill and flexibility to function as a bridge from her own East Dallas to the city at large. She’s a likely candidate for the City Council eventually.

HARLAN CROW. Downtown developer and key player in the Arts District, where he’s planning a high-rise right across from the new art museum, Harlan Crow listens to all sides and is receptive to new ideas. He’s central to the Trammell Crow Company’s development downtown, and that puts him at the center of Dallas action.

LUCY CROW BILLINGSLEY. Some of the land she owns in the Arts District would be just about perfect for an opera house. Negotiations are proceeding between Lucy and the city to determine whether or not her property will be subject to Arts District restrictions, and to what extent. Whatever the outcome, Lucy Crow Bill-ingsley is a major figure in Arts District planning.

Trammell Crow Jr. President of Market Center, Trammell Crow Jr. is also developer of the Dallas Communications Complex at Las Colinas, a facility that’s bringing the Dallas film and tape industry into the big leagues. When this facility is finished, with its state-of-the art editing and production equipment and acres of studio space, it will mean dramatic growth in the number of TV shows and motion pictures made in Dallas.

Susan Collins. Member of the Park Board, president of Charter 100 (a women’s organization of civic and professional leaders), politically oriented and a new resident of Swiss Avenue, she has the capacity to put North Dallas connections together with East Dallas historic preservation interests and come up with a compelling campaign for the City Council at some point.

BEVERLY HEFLIN. Director of the YWCA, Beverly Heflin has been called a “young Lillian Bradshaw,” and it’s hard to improve on that, particularly if she does for the YW what Lillian Bradshaw did for the Dallas Library.

Frank Ryburn. As president of the Harry S. Moss Foundation, Frank Ryburn, an architect, puts as much money as he can into programs associated with urban design. He was an early supporter of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. Along with Curtis Meadows and Sally Lancaster of the Meadows Foundation, he’s among the most creative philanthropists in Dallas.

TODD MEIER. Formerly chief felony prosecutor for District Attorney Henry Wade, Todd Meier left the D.A.’s office just over a year ago to become general manager and vice president of Rodger Meier Cadillac, but not before marrying his wifeGerry, also a former assistant D.A. andthe first woman criminal district judge inthe history of Dallas County. Meier is amember of the Salesmanship Club, vicepresident of the Leadership Dallas alumsand serves on the board of the NorthDallas Chamber of Commerce.


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