Foundation board chair Erle Nye receives prestigious Linz Award
Erle Nye, the chairman of Baylor Health Care System Foundation board, has received the 2011 Linz Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious recognitions a Dallasite can receive in honor of extraordinary civic service or humanitarian efforts.
“It is difficult to think of a more deserving individual who has accomplished or exhibited greater passion and commitment to causes benefiting the community,” said Foundation president Rowland K. Robinson. “Erle embodies the Linz Award concept of distinguished and selfless public service.”
In addition to his extensive experience in the corporate world – he was leader at TXU for more than 20 years and now serves as chairman emeritus - Erle has been involved in numerous community, state and national causes for several decades. He became chairman of the Foundation board in 2010.
“I’m highly flattered,” said Erle. “If you look at the list of people being honored, it’s the best of the very best. To be included on that list is an honor.”
Erle is the 83rd recipient of the award and joins previous recipients with strong Baylor connections, including Karl Hoblitzelle, J. Erik Jonsson, Juanita Craft, Carr P. Collins Sr., Thomas Dunning and Ronald Steinhart, and dozens of other civic-minded individuals who have served the Dallas community with great distinction.
"It is hard to know where to begin in describing Erle’s influence and impact on our community,” said Lindalyn Adams, Foundation senior officer and recipient of the 50th Linz Award in 1978. "He is so respected in Dallas, as a businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. I am also blessed to call him a friend.”
Erle was nominated for the honor by Joel Allison, president and chief executive officer of Baylor Health Care System. He will receive the award March 27 at a luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The Linz Award is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News and Zale Corporation. The Linz Award Luncheon is a community service project of the Junior League of Dallas sustaining members.