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Ray Nasher's Commitment To Excellence

By Bill Zeeble, KERA reporter

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Dallas, TX – Bill Zeeble: Nasher friend and author Robert Wilson, who wrote The Epitome of Desire, about Ray Nasher and the family here, says Nasher's high standards grew from his New England upbringing, and schooling at Boston Latin, the nation's oldest school.

Robert Wilson, author, Nasher friend: If you went there, there were no easy courses. 306 You had to perform, you had to do your homework. The only way through was with hard work.

Zeeble: Nasher once said after that, everything was easy. He built a successful construction and development business in Dallas that put up homes, office buildings, and North Park Center. More than 40 years later, the state's biggest & most successful mall is still revered for its elegant design and the art inside - from Nasher's collection. He'd have it no other way.

Ray Nasher: Because if you keep it yourself, you have it for your family, your friends, yourself. It's rather a selfish consideration.

Zeeble: Nasher wanted the public to see his world-class collection the way he'd seen art as a child in Boston, where his parents took him to different museums every weekend. He also had that in mind with his Sculpture Center downtown. But he wanted more, & visitor Lynn Cook understood.

LYNN COOK Feels like a sanctuary. Really does. With all the traffic outside. And everyone rushing around. It's a place to slowdown and take your time observing the art.

Zeeble: Services honoring the memory of Raymond Nasher are scheduled tomorrow morning at 10, at Temple Emanuel Synagogue. For KERA 90.1 I'm Bill Zeeble