SMU To Honor Philanthropist Nancy Strauss Halbreich

Nancy Strauss Halbreich, a dedicated philanthropist in the Dallas community (and daughter of former Dallas mayor Annette Strauss), will be the recipient of the 2019 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility.

The award will be delivered during a luncheon March 28. Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available here.

SMU’s Maguire Center supports student and faculty ethics-related education and activities, as well as outreach to community, private and public institutions. The award is given to individuals who epitomize the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue.

Halbreich is a Dallas native with a special interest in the cultural and educational community. Her philanthropic reach across the community has touched countless individuals and organizations.

This year, along with Carol Seay, Halbreich spearheaded fundraising efforts for Parkland’s Moody Breast Health Center. She has long drawn attention to the critical role Parkland Hospital plays in the Dallas community, having recently co-chaired the “I Stand for Parkland” Campaign to build the hospital’s new campus, as well as co-chaired the recent campaign to build Parkland’s new Comprehensive Breast Center.

She currently serves as a board member of the Dallas Museum of Art, SMU’s John Tower Center for Political Studies, the SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, The Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UTSW, Charter 100, Southwestern Medical Foundation, and Parkland Foundation.

Halbreich is a trustee of the Hamon Foundation and a past trustee of The Hockaday School. She is a member of the AT&T Performing Arts Center emeritus board and a trustee of their Endowment Foundation. She also is a member of Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas Woman’s Club, Junior League of Dallas, and many other civic and charity groups.

Several organizations have honored Halbreich with their respective awards. In 1998, she received the Community Council of Greater Dallas’ Community Champion Award. Also, she received the Dallas Historical Society’s Award of Excellence for Voluntary Community Leadership, and was a finalist for “Love for Kids” Award for volunteers.

She received the VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award from the NSFRE in 2015.

After a 19-year association with Sotheby’s as a regional associate and international representative, Halbreich was named a senior associate of Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage Auction Galleries in 2007.

Halbreich received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and pursued a Masters in Liberal Arts at SMU.

She is married to Jeremy L. Halbreich.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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