Thursday, May 9, 2013

Proposal to honor philanthropist Nancy Hamon who donated 10 million dollars for Dallas ISD construction

Nancy Hamon passed two years ago at the age of 92. She was "one of Dallas' foremost philanthropists." She wanted to leave the world better than she found it.

Ms. Hamon donated $10 million dollars to Dallas ISD for construction at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

It would seem to be an appropriate tribute to Nancy Hamon's great generosity and support of public education to name the central administration building at 3700 Ross Avenue in her honor.
  • Nancy Hamon Educational Success Center

From The Dallas Morning News - July 30, 2011
"Nancy Hamon, one of Dallas' foremost philanthropists"
"Well what are your choices?" Ms. Hamon told The Dallas Morning News in 2004. "You can be a recluse, or you can become the village drunk -- or you can try to get out and make the world a little better."

"She always said she hoped her last check would bounce. "I'd rather spend it all while I'm alive, and know where it's going, than have lawyers and executors doing it," she said.

"Nancy Hamon's impact on the arts at SMU and in Dallas was profound, " said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "Her personality was a force of nature that made her a natural leader. She will be missed by all of us, but her legacy as an arts visionary is secure."

"The one event she did not want to throw was for herself. Per her wishes, no memorial services were held."

"My philosophy is that I want to live my life with some style and some panache," she told The News in 1988. "And to leave the world better than I found it."