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February 06, 2013

Dallas Taps Charity 'Grande Dame' to Plan JFK Anniversary

The Dallas Morning News profiles Ruth Altshuler, the 88-year-old doyenne of the city's philanthropic community, who will head up planning of this year's events marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The prolific fundraiser and board member—who was on the grand jury that indicted Jack Ruby for killing Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in November 1963—was persuaded by Mayor Mike Rawlings to take up the sensitive job.

"This event is extremely important in the life of Dallas," Rawlings said. "I wanted someone who had a lot of experience leading important projects, somebody who knew Dallas and knew what Dallas was all about, and someone great at dealing with the human quality of something like this."