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Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award

The Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award is presented annually to an individual or group of individuals who has contributed significantly to advancing the care of patients with communication disorders.

Geraldine "Tincy" Miller

2013 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award
Geralidine "Tincy" Miller was re-elected in 2012 as the District 12 Representative on the State Board of Education after serving from 1984-2010. She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as Chair of the Board from 2003-2007. Throughout her tenure, Tincy distinguished herself as a passionate advocate for children with dyslexia. Her experience as a reading specialist in the Laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital allowed her to see firsthand what a difference appropriate instruction can make for children with dyslexia. Tincy helped pass the first dyslexia law in Texas and the nation for public schools.

Tincy has also been one of our community’s most avid champions of the arts as reflected in her service as President of The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera and as founder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball.

She was one of the first members of TACA and has worked with the organization in almost every capacity. Additionally, Tincy has chaired numerous major fundraising events and campaigns for The Dallas Opera, The Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas Historical Society and Baylor Health Care System.

Tincy is a licensed real estate broker and serves as vice chairman of her family’s company, Henry S. Miller Companies of Dallas. She and her late husband, Vance, have four children and eight grandchildren.

Ruth and Ken Altshuler


Ruth and Ken Altshuler
2012 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award

Dr. Kenneth Altshuler was a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University when he was recruited to Dallas in 1977 to chair UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. During his tenure, Dr. Altshuler took a small, fledgling department and built it into one of national stature, growing it from five full-time faculty members to over 100, recruiting outstanding researchers, and raising funds for ten named Chairs, two Research Centers and several Professorships. Currently, he is the Stanton Sharp Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Altshuler also served as President of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and as President of the American Association of Department Chairs of Psychiatry. While he has written over 150 papers and books in genetics, geriatrics, and sleep—to name a few, his greatest contribution has been his work with the deaf.

When he served at Columbia, his group pioneered research in the development of psychiatric services for persons with early profound deafness. The models he developed were incorporated into the service-delivery system of New York, and were copied in England, Denmark, Israel, Yugoslavia and Texas. Though he has received many awards, the one closest to his heart is the Honorary Doctorate of Science degree awarded for these achievements from Gallaudet, the College for the Deaf in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Ruth Altshuler, a philanthropist, chairperson, board member, trustee and volunteer, has contributed a lifetime of service to countless organizations, councils, boards and, most importantly, to people in need. Mrs. Altshuler was the first woman to chair Southern Methodist University’s Board of Trustees. She received the prestigious Linz Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Junior League of Dallas and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Junior League International. Mrs. Altshuler is in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, and she is one of only three people in the nation to be a Lifetime Member of the Salvation Army National Advisory Board. Mrs. Altshuler also received United Way of America’s Alexis de Tocqueville Award. She is Vice Chairman of the Laura Bush Institute for Women, and President George W. Bush appointed her to the Library of Congress Trust. Finally, Mrs. Altshuler was honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Smithsonian Institution’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ruth’s indelible character, high integrity, and compassionate heart shine as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the people of Dallas, Texas and beyond.

Distinguished and honorable citizens in their own right, Ruth and Ken Altshuler, together, are a philanthropic force who have given of themselves to the betterment of society.