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DBU Honors Vester Hughes with Russell Perry Award
November 30, 2012 | by Kalie Lowrie
Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University honored Vester Hughes, respected Dallas attorney, as the recipient of the 2012 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award during the annual award dinner held on Monday, November 19, at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Established in 1988, the gala dinner continues to honor leaders whose lives are testimonies of achievements in free enterprise and service to the community. The event is named in memory of Dallas business leader and philanthropist Russell H. Perry, whose life of service impacted many lives. Over the past 24 years, the dinner has raised over $3.85 million in scholarship funds for nearly 1,650 DBU students. Dr. Jim Denison, president of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, served as the dinner chair and speaker. Dr. Bill Pinson, executive director emeritus of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, served as honorary chair.
Pictured (left to right) Dr. Jim Denison, dinner chair and president of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture; Vester Hughes, recipient and respected Dallas attorney; and Dr. Bill Pinson, honorary dinner chair and executive director emeritus of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Hughes is one of the most respected attorneys in Dallas and has been a partner in the Dallas law firm Hughes & Luce since 1973, and his firm merged with K&L Gates in 2008. He has been a great supporter of Dallas Baptist University, serving as a trustee from 1968 to 1977. Hughes was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1952 after receiving degrees with honors from Rice University and Harvard University. He has been a member of the academic honor fraternity Phi Beta Kappa since 1949 and has practiced law in Dallas since 1955. Hughes is a civic leader, having served on a number of community service organizations including the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children; and Goodwill Industries.