It's All About Giving Back
When we asked Mary Ann and Ed Hyde '49 why they were inspired to establish four gift annuities at Southern Methodist University, we expected to hear about tax deductions and great payment rates. But that was not the case. Instead, they talked about the important ways SMU has touched their lives.
After hearing Ed in speech class, his classmate, Aaron Spelling, recruited Ed to act in the Arden Playhouse performance of Outward Bound. Although Ed ultimately joined the business world, he explained that his experience in drama has helped him tremendously throughout the years. The skills and confidence he gained were invaluable.
The Hydes still believe SMU's drama department is the best kept secret in Dallas. In fact, they have season tickets and enjoy returning to campus for the outstanding performances.
The Hydes feel strongly about excellence in education and recognize SMU's worldwide reputation. Their great motivation in giving to SMU is to help provide deserving students with an outstanding education, and they have done that as their gifts will ultimately endow a President's Scholarship.
In addition to their financial support, Mary Ann is currently serving on the executive board for the Meadows School of the Arts. And, as a reflection of their love for SMU, the Hydes celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Meadows Museum.
When asked what they might want others to know about charitable gift annuities, Ed replied that there are lots of different benefits and he believes gift annuities should appeal to many people. Still, it is clear that for Ed and Mary Ann, it is all about giving back.