Texas Almanac, 1947-1948 Page: 41
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FIRST CITIZEN OF TEXAS.
interest in a number of philanthropic and
charitable movements. He had long been
a guiding head of the Richmond Freeman
Memorial Clinic for Children. He was
the driving force in the creation of the
Texas Children's Hospital in Dallas, which
opened its doors in 1940. He served con-
tinuously from 1908 as president of the
Family Welfare Bureau, pioneer social
service agency of Dallas. He served as
chairman of the board of trustees of the
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dal-
las for more than thirty-five years. His
interest in fraternal societies centered
chiefly in the Masonic order, in which he
was a Shriner, a Knight Templar, a mem-
ber of the Red Cross of Constantine and a
thirty-third-degree honorary member of
the Scottish Rite.
His interest in history also waxed rather
than waned as his life drew to a close.
Dealey subscribed to the old dictum that
no people can face the future confidently
if they do not have a just pride in their
past. He believed that regional and local
history was more important than the
history of ancient peoples and distant
places. He was an ardent supporter of the
Texas State Historical Association, which
elected him a fellow and life member. His
most direct contribution in this field,
however, was his creation almost single-
handed of the Dallas Historical Society in
1922. He guided the develo men of i ;
institution to its pres ent at.
instrumental in the 'nr t n of its
museum and educational center in the
Hall of Stae in , ir Park. lie served as
its life president as well as founder. The
Philosophical Society of Texas also gained
and held his loyalty. He served as presi-
dent of this group in 1937-1938.
There are many phases of the life and
influence of G. B. Dealey which belong in
a more extensive sketch than this. His
relations with his family and with that
larger family of News employees were
striking illustrations of his temperament
and character. He had his crotchets, as
does even the noblest man. He was the
first to admit his own weaknesses, which
he usually did with a smile. He had an
inextinguishable sense of humor, which
he frequently turned upon himself.
The quiet humor and self-effacement of
the man were brought out best in his
reception of the honors and awards which
crowded the final years of his life. He
took these tributes of esteem in the same
measured, poised stride with which he
faced both personal tragedies and tri-
umphs. A gentleman of "the old school,"
he was the soul of courtesy and consid-
eration toward all, irrespective of rank or
station in life. Of slightly more than
medium height and build, he carried
himself with friendly and unpretentious
dignity. The high color of his English-born
complexion contrasted sharply in later
years with his well-groomed shock of
white hair. He was punctilious in dress as
in speech. The oil portrait made of him
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