Dallas businessman and philanthropist Donald Zale recently received an honorary doctorate from Texas A&M University, which he attended for three years before returning to Dallas to be near his ailing mother. He later graduated from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Zale
has been a longtime supporter of higher education, principally through his
chairmanship of the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
, the charitable organization founded by his
parents that emphasizes education. He
family funded various programs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
, including the establishment of minority scholarships. Mr. Zale also helped conceive and fund the Zale Lipshy University Hospital at UT Southwestern and chaired its board for a number of years. At Texas A&M, he established the Center for Retailing Studies, which is now supported by more than 60 companies. Mr. Zale
worked for the Zale Corp.
, founded by his
father, for 35 years, rising to chairman and chief executive. After the company was sold in 1986, he started Capitol Entertainment, one of Blockbuster's largest franchises, and NewCourse Capital, an investment firm.