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Lindalyn Adams to receive 5th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes
Leadership Award on February 1, 2007

Presented by Texas Woman’s University, award honors Dallas leaders with a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education


DALLAS — Long-time Dallas resident and civic volunteer Lindalyn Adams will receive Texas Woman’s University’s Fifth Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at noon, at the Dallas Country Club, 4100 Beverly Dr. Presenting Sponsors are Bank of Texas and Bank of Texas Private Bank.

Established in 2002, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award is given annually to Dallas leaders with a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education. The award recognizes the life work of Virginia Chandler Dykes as an outstanding health care provider, whose professional and civic achievements represent a lifetime committed to helping others. Past award recipients are Dr. and Mrs. Kern Wildenthal, 2006; Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. “Sonny” Williams, 2005; Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, 2004; and Susan and Charles Cooper, 2003.

“Texas Woman’s University is so pleased to honor such an outstanding individual whose leadership and steadfast commitment to numerous civic, historical, and educational initiatives have made a lasting impact on this community and beyond,” said TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart, who will present the award.

Lindalyn Adams is well known for her passion for history and preservation and has received numerous awards and honors for her work in this area. As the founding president of the Sixth Floor Museum, Adams’ tireless efforts over a 13-year period resulted in this major historical exhibition, which attracts 450,000 visitors annually. At the time, Adams served as Chairman of the Dallas Historical Commission, which began the effort to establish the exhibit. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Dallas County Historical Foundation, which was created to raise funds and to oversee its operations, and she served as its chairman. She is currently Chairman Emerita of the Sixth Floor Museum.

She has been the champion of The Old Red Courthouse since she dedicated its Texas Historical Marker in 1978. She is Honorary Life Trustee of Dallas Heritage Village, a Life Trustee of the Dallas Historical Society, and an Advisory Trustee of Children’s Medical Center. Currently she serves on numerous
community boards. Adams has chaired the Crystal Charity Ball, the Junior League of Dallas Ball,
the Neiman Marcus Fortnight, the Linz Award Luncheon, the Spirit of Generations Luncheon, and the Dallas County Historical Commission, where under her leadership, the Dallas Commission led the state in the record number of awards from the Texas Historical Commission. She has also been president of many organizations including the SMU Alumni Board, the Dallas Opera Woman’s Board, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Dallas County Heritage Society's Old City Park, The Dallas Historical Society, Friends of Fair Park, and the Senior Source. She was one of the three founders of La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas benefiting the Park Cities and the Highland Park School District.

As the spouse of the late Reuben H. Adams, Jr., M.D., the long-time chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center, Lindalyn Adams was very involved in the medical community, serving as president of the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance and others. Today as Development Officer at Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Adams coordinates Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s “Celebrating Women Luncheon,” which under her leadership, has grown from netting $125,000 in 2000 to netting over $1.3 million in 2006, to benefit breast cancer research.
Her tireless efforts on behalf of the community have garnered her prestigious recognition including the Linz Award, Southern Methodist University's Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award of Highland Park High School. Adams is the second of only three to date to receive the prestigious Junior League of Dallas’ Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given only every five years to a sustaining member for outstanding service to the community. Adams also received the Ruth Lester Award of the Texas Historical Commission, the highest award given by the Commission. Additionally she received the award for Outstanding County Historical Commission Chairman in Texas three times. She was honored by the Texas Association of Museums with its President’s award and the University of Texas American History Center Ima Hogg Award for historic preservation. She was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in Dallas by National Association of Fundraisers. She also received the Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas Renaissance Award. The Dallas Historical Society, the Dallas County Heritage Society and Preservation Dallas all have given her major awards.

“The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award is very meaningful to me,” said Lindalyn Adams. “TWU has an incredible outreach in North Texas and around the globe with all of its graduates. It is very exhilarating to think about all that TWU has accomplished and to be a part of a program that is providing scholarships to further education.”

This award’s namesake, Virginia Chandler Dykes, has spent a lifetime committed to helping others through her work as a health care provider and numerous civic activities. She is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy. Locally, she is known for her leadership in many cultural and charitable organizations. In 2005 she was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents.

“We are so very honored to have Lindalyn accept this award,” said Virginia Chandler Dykes. “It is difficult to think of an individual who has accomplished more or exhibited greater passion and commitment to such important causes, impacting the community for years to come.”

Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at TWU in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University. She was the director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years. She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support group for stroke patients and their families. In 2002, she established The Virginia Chandler Dykes endowed scholarship fund at TWU for occupational therapy students, which has been extended this year to honor students in all four colleges: Claudette Fette, College of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy); Debbie A. Arbique, BS, RN, CEN, DABFN, Nursing; Annette Torres Elias, Professional Education (COPE), and Jana Perez, Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Dykes and her husband Roland also helped to establish the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU, which has grown to be one of the premier continuing education offerings in Texas. She is also well known for her leadership in organizations such as The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Arboretum’s Women’s Council and the Fort Worth Opera.

“I am so very grateful for Virginia’s efforts in establishing this endowment,” added Adams. “We must take note of what these students are accomplishing with the help of these scholarships. They will be invaluable to our community.”

The 2007 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon Advisory Committee members are: Ebby Halliday Acers, Joel Allison, Mrs. Lawrence S. Barzune, April Box, Sis Carr, Howard Chase, Louise Gartner, Suzy Gekiere, Doug Hawthorne, Caroline Rose Hunt, and Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Weiland.

“When this award first began, our efforts were very small, but now with the generous help of our advisory committee and the past recipients who have been so dedicated, it has grown tremendously,” added Dykes.“We are so pleased to be offering four different scholarships this year, one to each of the colleges.”
For more information, contact TWU Development Officer Sheila Marlow, at 940-898-3865 or smarlow@mail.twu.edu.


Texas Woman’s University occupies a notable position in higher education as the nation’s largest university primarily for women. Its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston are joined by an e-learning campus that offers innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies. Seven consecutive semesters of enrollment growth have produced a record enrollment of 11,831. TWU serves the citizens of Texas in a number of important ways, including: producing more new nurses and health care professionals than any other university in Texas, helping ease the teacher shortage by placing highly qualified professionals where they’re needed most – in the classroom, offering a liberal arts-based curriculum that prepares students for success in an increasingly global world and conducting research that impacts the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, osteoporosis, stroke and diabetes. For more information, visit www.twu.edu or call (940) TWU-2000.


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