1991 – Dallas, Texas
Annette Strauss served as Mayor of Dallas from 1987 through 1991 and as Mayor Pro-Tem of the Dallas City Council from 1983-1987. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas, Austin and received a master’s degree from Columbia University, New York. She served as Dallas’ Ambassador at Large and chairman of the board of the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University, as a member of TACA for the performing arts and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Service on other boards included The National Committee of Arts with the Handicapped, the Development Board of U.T. Austin and UT Dallas, Timberlawn Foundation, The American Automobile Association, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Northwood University’s National Arts Advisory Board. She has raised more than $15 million for various projects in Dallas. Her honors include: National Mother’s Day Committee Mother of the Year, Texas Women’s Hall of Fame Award, UT Austin Distinguished Alumnus Award, YWCA Dallas Family of the Year, the John F. Kennedy Commitment to Excellence Award, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the James K. Wilson Award for Service to the Arts and the Linz Award.