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Jack Lowe, Jr.

Methodist Health System Foundation has named Jack Lowe, Jr., businessman, philanthropist and community leader, as the 2015 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient.  The award will be presented at a dinner on Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom. Event co-chairs include Harold MacDowell, CEO of TDIndustries, J. Robert “Bob” Ferguson and Louis B. “Ben” Houston. Lowe has worked with Ferguson and Houston for 50 years at TDIndustries.


Methodist Health System Foundation President and CEO April Box Chamberlain said, “Jack’s servant leadership has helped resolve many complex business and community issues, including support for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), Momentous Institute and others. We look forward to honoring his many achievements, which have had an incredible impact in our community. Plus, as with past Folsom events, we will have a few surprises in store for those who attend to help us honor Jack!”


Lowe is an innovative business leader who served as CEO of TDIndustries from 1980 until his retirement in 2004. Even in retirement, Lowe remains an active Board Chair. Under Lowe’s leadership, TDIndustries developed into one of America’s premier mechanical construction and facility service companies.


Lowe was a DISD trustee from 2002 to 2011, and served as president from 2005 to 2008.

He is a Salesmanship Club of Dallas member and past president and serves on the boards of Momentous Institute (formerly Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers) and NACD North Texas. He also serves on the corporate boards of KDC, Drew Industries and, until its sale in May 2014, Zale Corporation. He is a member of the Dallas Citizens Council. From 1962 to 1964 during a pivotal time in space exploration, he served in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, now called the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Of note is that he worked with the first group of astronauts including John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. Lowe graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rice University.


Michelle Kinder, executive director of Momentous Institute, said, “Jack is unlike any other community hero I know. He is often the smartest person in the room but never acts like it. He goes toward the most complex issue with levity and hope and can generate conversation and consensus where most would throw their hands up. He’s a personal hero for many and a fantastic choice for this honor.“


In 2014, Methodist Health System provided more than $136 million in unreimbursed charity care—an amount that continues to grow with the community needs. The Folsom event has raised more than $12.6 million over the past 10 years to benefit Methodist Health System’s programs and services.


Past Folsom Leadership Award recipients include Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008), the late Norman Brinker (2009), Pat and Emmitt Smith (2010), Trevor Rees-Jones (2011), Mike Boone (2012), Rev. Mark Craig (2013) and Bobby B. Lyle (2014).


For those interested in supporting the Robert S. Folsom Award, the Leadership Circle underwriting begins at $10,000. That level of sponsorship includes invitations to an exclusive patron party. For more information, please contact Methodist Health System Foundation Vice President Angela Nash at 214.947.4596 or More information is available at


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