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DALLAS — Geraldine
“Tincy” Miller is the 2004 recipient of the Virginia
Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, presented by Texas Woman’s
University and the TWU School of Occupational Therapy. TWU Chancellor
Dr. Ann Stuart will present the award during a Jan. 23 luncheon
at the Lakewood Country Club in Dallas.
The education of Texans
has always been a chief priority for Mrs. Miller. She spent nearly
a decade teaching in the reading laboratory of the Texas Scottish
Rite Hospital for Crippled Children and in the Highland Park Presbyterian
Hillier School for Dyslexia. For the past 19 years she has served
on the Texas State Board of Education, representing Rockwall County
and parts of Collin and Dallas counties.
She was appointed to
the Texas State Board of Education in 1984 by former Gov. Mark White
and then was elected to the board in 1988. She was reelected to
the board in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2002. In February 2003, Gov. Rick
Perry appointed Mrs. Miller chair of the board.
Mrs. Miller is a past
president and serves on the board of L.I.F.T. (Literacy Instruction
for Texas), a non-profit organization providing literacy instruction
to adults. She is the founding chair for the Baylor Health Care
System Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign, which raised more
than $250,000 in its inaugural year.
Mrs. Miller also is a member of Phi Delta Kappa (the professional
association for educators), Kappa Delta Pi (the international honor
society in education), the International Reading Association and
the Academic Language Therapist Association.
She is active in the
Dallas community, chairing major fund-raising events for the United
Cerebral Palsy Association, Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
TACA, the umbrella organization for the performing arts in Dallas,
and the Crystal Charity Ball, a non-profit organization that raised
a record-setting $3 million for underprivileged children in Dallas
County in 1997. She also served on the boards for the “I Have
A Dream” Foundation, National Orton-Dyslexia Society, the
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas and the Dallas County Heritage
Mrs. Miller received
the 1999 Tom Landry Award of Excellence in Volunteerism from United
Cerebral Palsy. She also received the 1995 Dallas Historical Society
Hall of State Award for Civic Involvement and in 1975 was Theta
of the Year for Service in the Community for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
In November 2003 she
was named as a recipient of Northwood University's Distinguished
Mrs. Miller also is a
licensed real estate broker and vice chairman of Henry
S. Miller Companies in Dallas. She and her husband, Vance, are the
parents of four children.
The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award was established in
2002 and is given annually to a Dallas resident who represents the
caring, commitment and leadership Mrs. Dykes exemplifies.
As a health care provider
and through her civic activities, Mrs. Dykes has spent a lifetime
committed to helping others. Nationally and internationally she’s
known for her work in occupational therapy. Locally, she’s
known for her leadership in such organizations as the Dallas Opera,
Dallas Arboretum and Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet.
Mrs. Dykes completed
the graduate occupational therapy program at Texas Woman’s
University in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts in art and
psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1952. She was director
of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor
University Medical Center for 25 years, and developed and supervised
the occupational and recreational therapy programs at Baylor in
rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders
and hand splinting. Mrs. Dykes also founded the Boomerang Club,
the first support group for stroke patients and their families in
Her community service
activities have included establishing the annual Fanny B. Vanderkooi
Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU;
serving on the board of directors for the Dallas Opera, Theater
III, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet, Les Femmes du Monde
and Dallas Theater Center Guild; serving as president of the Diana
Dean Head Injury Guild; and chairing auxiliary board of the Healing
Environment Program at Baylor.
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