Woodrow Grad Adds to Honors

Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler — Photo Courtesy of SMU

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Civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, Woodrow class of 1940, today received the 2011 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award during a luncheon at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom at SMU’s Umphrey Lee Center.

According to an SMU press release, the award is presented annually by SMU’s Cary Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to individuals who exemplify the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue.

The presentation included tributes by former First Lady Laura Bush, SMU President R. Gerald Turner, and Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. Altshuler was introduced by her daughter, Sally Sharp Harris.

At the national level, Altshuler was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Library of Congress Trust and by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the U.S. Commission to UNESCO.

Altshuler is the first person in the United States to receive all three national service honors — the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award from the National Society of Fundraising Executives; the National Alexis de Tocqueville Award of the United Way of America; and the Distinguished Service Award given by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

She has been honored on a global level with the rarely given Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service from the Salvation Army- International in London.  Her numerous honors closer to home include recognition by the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ Centennial Award, the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, the Linz Award and Annette Strauss Humanitarian Award.

And Woodrow Nation swells with pride.

Thanks to alert Woodrow über-alumni Kyle Rains for directing our attention to the award.

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