William T. Solomon, co-chair of the Dallas Together Forum, and Marsh Terry, the first SMU professor to receive an honorary degree from the University, will offer their perspectives on the city and the Hilltop in SMU's annual Honorary Degree Symposia on Friday, May 18, 2007.
William T. Solomon
The symposium honoring Solomon will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Georges Auditorium of the Trammell Crow Building. Solomon is chair of Austin Industries Inc., a general construction company that he joined in 1967. As president, he transformed it into an employee-owned corporation with a diverse workforce. The firm's landmark Dallas buildings include the American Airlines Center and SMU's Greer Garson Theatre and Meadows Museum.
As founding co-chair of the Dallas Together Forum, Solomon helped remove racial barriers and increase economic opportunities for minorities. Solomon, who earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from SMU in 1964, has received SMU's Distinguished Alumni Award and the SMU School of Engineering Hall of Leaders Award.
"From High on the Hilltop: Marshall Terry's History of SMU" starts with a reception at 2 p.m. in the Texana Room of DeGolyer Library. The symposium begins at 2:30 p.m. in DeGolyer's Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Terry and DeGolyer Library Director Russell Martin will discuss the history of SMU from the perspective of one who has helped to make it. Terry began teaching English at SMU in 1954 and coordinated and wrote the Master Plan of 1963.
The author of 11 books, Terry introduced and directed SMU's creative writing program and founded the SMU Literary Festival. The University has honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award, "M" Award, three Rotunda Outstanding Professor Awards and two Willis M. Tate Awards for Outstanding Faculty. Terry, who received B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from SMU in 1953 and '54, will retire this year as E.A. Lilly Distinguished Professor of English.
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