We are deeply saddened by the loss of George R. Schrader, an icon of civic leadership who led a memorable life of generosity and commitment to improving our community.
Mr. Schrader grew up on his family farm in Kansas. He graduated from Baker University with a degree in political science and economics in 1953. He continued his education at the University of Kansas, earning his Master of Public Administration in City Management.
After moving to Ennis, Texas, Mr. Schrader devoted most of his life to improving cities in North Texas. He was the first City Manager of Ennis and was then hired by the city of Mesquite, Texas, as City Manager. Afterwards, he was hired as Dallas Assistant City Manager. In 1972, he became the 10th Dallas City Manager and served as a civic leader in this role for nine years.
Mr. Schrader’s contributions to the city of Dallas are noteworthy. He managed more than 12,500 employees and spearheaded tremendous projects to grow and develop the city’s infrastructure. Under his leadership, the City Hall and Dallas Public Library were built. He was the driving force behind establishing the Dallas Arboretum and led major developments and renovations of Reunion Arena and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Mr. Schrader’s devotion to his city also defined his personal life. He served on the executive board of Boy Scouts of America and was a past chairman of The Dallas Foundation. He served on the Board of Governors of Dallas Symphony Association and served on the Board of Directors for the State Fair of Texas, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, The Menninger Foundation, Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, Baker University, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Dallas Ballet, and Texas Woman’s University.
He supported ovarian cancer research at UT Southwestern and was an advocate for the Medical Center for many years.
In 2005, Mr. Schrader married Barbara Chance Ewing, a native Texan who shared in Mr. Schrader’s love for the community. They cherished quality family time and enjoyed having their grandchildren over for home-cooked meals.
Barbara Schrader passed away on January 12, 2021, following the passing of Mr. Schrader on December 31, 2020. We reflect on two lives led by purpose and celebrate the legacy left behind by a remarkable couple who gave back to our city in innumerable and meaningful ways.