Renowned civic leaders Ronald and Phyllis Steinhart have given $50,000 to Southwestern Medical Foundation to help fund construction of the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. The donation was made from the Steinhart Family Advised Fund of The Dallas Foundation and benefits UT Southwestern’s Building the Future of Medicine campaign.
“Phyllis and I have been longtime supporters of UT South-western,” Mr. Steinhart said. “I served on the Zale Lipshy [University Hospital] board and now serve on the UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics Board of Visitors. Phyllis serves on the Executive Committee of the UT Southwestern Friends of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center and was a 15-year volunteer at Parkland testing the hearing of newborns.
“We both see a need for a modern, state-of-the-art teaching hospital for our educators, future physicians and researchers. Locally, we are aware of the important role that UT Southwestern plays in providing a majority of the physicians practicing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Lastly, we were friends and admirers of Gov. Clements and are honored to support a hospital bearing his name.”
Mr. Steinhart was an active leader in the Dallas financial community for more than 37 years. Between 1969 and 1980, he teamed with investors to charter or purchase six banks. He then joined the senior management of InterFirst Corp. in 1980 and became president a year later. In 1988 he led a group of investors that established Team Bank, which merged with Bank One Texas in 1992. He was named CEO of the Bank One Corp. Commercial Banking Group and was a member of the management committee until his retirement in 2000.
Presently, Mr. Steinhart serves as a director of Texas Industries Inc., Penske Automotive Group Inc., Southcross Energy Partners L.P. and Susser Holdings Corp. He is vice chairman of Dallas Medical Resources and a director and immediate past chairman of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute. He is a director of the State Fair of Texas, the Dallas Holocaust Museum and the Dallas Education Foundation, as well as serving in numerous executive positions at his alma mater, UT Austin. Mr. Steinhart also serves as a member of the Steering Committee for UT Southwestern’s Building the Future of Medicine campaign.
Mr. Steinhart has received the Linz Award for community service, the J. Erik Jonsson Award for Volunteerism from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, both the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UT Ex-Students’ Association, the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from Southern Methodist University, the Superintendent’s Award from the Dallas Independent School District and the Downtown Renaissance Award from Neiman Marcus. He was also installed in the Dallas Business Hall of Fame and the UT Austin McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Steinhart, a native of Houston, attended UT Austin and the University of Houston. She is a certified medical technologist and has been an active volunteer at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the National Council of Jewish Women. She served on the board of the Dallas Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and the Dallas Holocaust Museum and presently serves on the advisory committee of two funds of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.
The Steinharts, who have been married since 1965, have three sons and five grandchildren.