Ruth Carter Stevenson

Ruth Carter Stevenson is the 2010 recipient of the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award for her lifetime of service to the Fort Worth community, and for her tireless commitment to support the humanities.  Stevenson, daughter of Amon G. Carter, has been the critical force behind the development of the Amon G. Carter Museum and continues to serve as President of the Board of Trustees and as President of the Amon G. Carter Foundation.  Her list of local and national honors includes two honorary doctorates and numerous awards earned on behalf of her philanthropy efforts and commitment to community. She has served on a variety of  boards, including the National Gallery of Art in which she was the first female Trustee, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Texas at Austin, Board of Regents.

The Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award, established in 1999, is awarded to an individual who has pioneered new approaches to public service in the areas of business, law, sports, the arts or humanitarian causes. This award recognizes the difficulty in creating new avenues of service, while applauding the determination and trailblazing efforts of those who have successfully created programs. Previous award recipients include philanthropist, Nancy Lee Bass; second lady of the United States and author, Lynne Cheney; Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and diplomat, Anne Armstrong; and former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush.