The 2015 Anson Jones Recipient is the Honorable Preston “Pete” Geren. Mr. Geren received the award at the annual Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation Banquet held on June 6, 2015 at the Fort Worth Masonic Temple. Over 300 guests were treated to the exceptional remarks Mr. Geren addressed to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients.
Mr. Geren is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, a foundation that provides grants to educational, health, human service, and cultural nonprofit organizations in Texas. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served in the Department of Defense (2001-09) as: Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Under Secretary of the Army, and Secretary of the Army. Mr. Geren served four terms as a United States Congressman, 12th District of Texas (1989-97).
The Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation is honored by the acceptance of this award by Mr. Geren.
The Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc. created its Anson Jones Award to honor community leaders who have demonstrated great social awareness. The Foundation chose Anson Jones because of his extensive record of community leadership and service. Anson Jones was a doctor, congressman, and the last president of the Republic of Texas. A judge advocate and surgeon in the Army of the Republic of Texas. He served the Republic as a Representative, Senator, Minister to the United States, President Pro Tem of the Senate, Secretary of State and President of the Republic of Texas.
Previous recipients of the Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation’s Anson Jones Award include Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley, former State Senator Robert Glasgow, businessmen Ed Bass and H. Ross Perot, and many other outstanding community leaders.