Lifetime Volunteer to Attend 70th High School Reunion and Receive Hockaday Medal Award

DALLAS, April 18, 2019 – Most people make it to one high school reunion and quickly lose touch with the schools, students and educators who impacted them during such a vital time in their lives. However, Mary Ann Hyde, a resident of Presbyterian Village North (a premier senior living community), recently attended her 70th high school reunion for The Hockaday School on April 26. Not only did she reunite with girls from her class of 1949, she was the recipient of the school’s lifetime achievement award – The Hockaday Medal Award. This award honors former students of the school who have shown excellence in their chosen fields of endeavor and have demonstrated their loyalty and support of Hockaday. The recipient is chosen because she exemplifies the Hockaday Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship and Athletics. She serves as a role model to the students and alumnae of Hockaday, as well as to all women as they strive to achieve their goals. This award is the highest honor the Alumnae Association can bestow upon an alumna and only one is given each year.

“I feel honored and humbled to receive the Hockaday Medal Award,” said Hyde. “I am privileged beyond measure and cannot express enough how grateful I am for this recognition. The luncheon was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with my fellow ‘Hockadaisies.’ There were two women from my first-grade class present. I have always valued the friendships I made and education I received at Hockaday, and I feel that the school truly prepares young girls to meet their future with skills and confidence. I can say without a doubt that Hockaday continues to play a vital role in the development of young women. It certainly influenced my life in a myriad of ways and will have a positive impact on Hockadaisies for generations to come. Hockaday inspired me to become involved in numerous charities after I graduated from the Hockaday Junior College in 1951.”

Upon graduating, Hyde met and married the love of her life, Edward R. Hyde, and spent a majority of her lifetime giving back. Shortly after they married, she and Ed moved to Venezuela with Sun Oil Company. In Caracas, she became active in the Children’s Service League chairing her very first fundraising event with the president’s wife who was an honorary chair.  Later, in Philadelphia, she served on the Boards of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Deacon, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, trustee for Phoenix House for abused children, and Chamounix Mansion youth hostel. When she returned to Dallas 25 years later, she served as President of the Hockaday Alumnae Association and trustee of The Hockaday School.  Mrs. Hyde has served on numerous boards in Dallas and is currently serving on the SMU Executive Board of the Meadows School of the Arts and Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation Board.

“There are many ways of giving back in making the world a better place by serving people and organizations that exist to improve lives,” said Hyde.

“We are so proud of Mary Ann and thankful for her contributions to the Dallas community,” said Bryan Cooper, executive director of Presbyterian Village North. “This award is bestowed upon admirable women who are involved in their communities with the goal of making a positive impact on people’s lives. She is certainly deserving of this prestigious award, and we are thrilled to celebrate with her.”

The Hockaday Medal was presented to Mrs. Hyde at the Alumnae Day luncheon Friday, April 26th on The Hockaday campus with more than 600 alumnae in attendance and this coinciding with her 70th class reunion. The award was established in 1977, and the Alumnae Association has chosen one recipient every year since its inception. Approximately 120 girls graduate from the school each year. The committee felt that Hyde was without a doubt the worthiest candidate for 2019 and could not imagine giving it to anyone else. It is the purpose of The Hockaday School to foster a community of concern and friendship and to instill in every girl a love of learning, as well as an understanding of herself and the ethical principles which guide her life.

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Presbyterian Village North, a Presbyterian Communities and Services community, is a faith-based nonprofit continuing care retirement community for active adults aged 62 or older offering independent living, assisted living, short-stay rehab services, skilled nursing and certified memory care. Nestled among 66 acres of wildflower gardens and putting greens in North Dallas, independent living residents may choose from executive homes, patio homes or garden apartments. Assisted living residents enjoy private apartments, and private suites are offered for licensed nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, memory care and hospice care. Amenities include an 1,800-square-foot wellness center, computer center, billiards room, salon, meeting rooms, woodshop, library, business center, sewing center, pottery and craft center, full-time chaplain with weekly worship services and a 250-seat performing arts center. In 2011, Presbyterian Village North opened the nation’s most innovative therapy pool, the HydroWorx 3500, with an underwater treadmill, gait monitoring and massage jets, as part of its comprehensive wellness program. The retirement community was named one of the Nation’s best for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by U.S. News & World Report and Medicare, which ranks it 5 stars. For more information, please visit



Presbyterian Communities and Services, located in Dallas, is a faith-based nonprofit organization comprised of a U.S. News & World Report-recognized continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Presbyterian Village North, the leading hospice services of Faith Presbyterian Hospice, and its newest addition, the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The organization strives to empower individuals to live their lives to the fullest, and does this by providing a standard for excellence, premier training, quality services and compassionate care. Since its formation in 2008, Presbyterian Communities and Services has joined a CCRC and hospice organization to fulfill the mission of enriching the lives of those served by extending exceptional care and services in a faith-based culture. For additional information, please visit