In 1962, several well-known Dallas leaders such as Bob Stewart, Lee Turner, Jim Berry and Joe Dealey decided that the city needed a fresh civic organization composed of young, powerful, dedicated leaders. The need for young leaders was so important that the group required that all members be under 50 years of age. Today, that organization, The Dallas Assembly, is going strong.
Each year, The Dallas Assembly takes in new members as those who reach 50 become inactive. Recently, the Assembly invited 13 Dallasites to join its ranks.
– Linda Custard, co-founder of the Benefactor group of the Dallas Theater Center and national board member of the Junior League.
– Susan Collins, Dallas Park and Recreation Board member and president of Charter 100, an organization for outstanding Dallas women from all sectors of the community.
-Roy C. Coffee Jr., attorney, former mayor of University Park and chairman of the board of Reunion Bank.
– Lucy Crow Billingsley, president of the Dallas Market Center.
– Philip Montgomery III, developer and chairman of the symphony bond campaign.
– Mike McCullough, managing partner of Thompson &Knight law firm and memberof the Salesmanship Club.
– Tom McCartin, publisher of the Dallas Times Herald, president of TACA and recipient of the Obelisk Award for support of the arts in Dallas.
-Norman Sonju, general manager and vice president of the Dallas Mavericks.
– Lee Simpson, formercity councilman and a newpartner of Wald, Harkrader& Ross.
-Dr. Kern Wildenthal, dean of Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center.
– Richard Douglas, president of Las Colinas Corp.and of the Irving Chamber of Commerce.
– Richard Fisher, resident manager of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
-Dr. L. Donald Shields, president of SMU.