University News Service
Howard Payne University has received a $100,000 grant from The Meadows Foundation of Dallas to support the renovation of the historic Coca-Cola complex, now located on the HPU campus, into the new Art Program Facility.
University officials said Thursday that in recognition of the foundation’s generosity, the lecture hall in the renovated facility will be named for the late Dr. J Waddy Bullion, a 1936 graduate of Howard Payne.
“This generous gift from The Meadows Foundation moves us significantly closer to our goal of transforming the historic Coca-Cola building into the new Art Program Facility,” said Dr. Lanny Hall, university president. “This also provides HPU the opportunity to honor the memory of one of our most distinguished and successful graduates, Dr. J Waddy Bullion, by naming the art lecture hall for him. We are most grateful to The Meadows Foundation for their generous support.”
Bullion was a prominent lawyer in the Dallas community for nearly 60 years. An internationally recognized specialist in oil and gas taxation and regulation, he represented many major petroleum companies and most of the independent producers in the Southwest.
For 30 years, he was one of the principal tax attorneys for President Lyndon B. Johnson. A lifelong Baptist and a committed Christian, Bullion served on an advisory council for Southwestern Theological Seminary and also served many years as a member of the HPU Board of Trustees and the HPU Douglas MacArthur Board of Directors.
In 1948, Bullion helped Algur and Virginia Meadows create The Meadows Foundation, and worked as a trustee and director for the foundation until his death in January 2004.
The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established to benefit the people of Texas. The foundation’s mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.
Algur Meadows built General American Oil Company of Texas into one of the nation’s most successful independent oil and gas production companies. Believing that his own life was greatly enriched by giving, Meadows generously shared his wealth with many charitable causes benefiting the people of the state that had been so kind to him.
Wishing to share the joy of giving with their extended family, both living and yet unborn, Algur and Virginia Meadows established The Meadows Foundation so that their philanthropy would continue in perpetuity, under the guidance and direction of family members and trusted advisors.
Since its inception, the foundation’s assets have grown to a current value in excess of $950 million, and it has disbursed over $600 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to over 2,900 Texas institutions and agencies. Foundation grants support work in the fields of art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services.
The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country. It has received numerous awards for both its philanthropy and its management. It was the first recipient of the Texas Medal of the Arts for sustained support of arts and culture in Texas, and was named Outstanding Foundation of the year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.