Remembering George Schrader (1931-2020)

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra mourns the loss of its friend, long-time board member and advocate George Schrader. Schrader died on December 31, 2020, in his home. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, their two stepchildren and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother in Kansas. Our thoughts are with the family in this difficult time.

George Schrader’s commitment to the building of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – from securing the land through construction – and his decades-long support of the Dallas Symphony as a member of the building committee are his legacies.

Schrader served as Dallas City Manager from 1972-1981. In that role he brought many major Dallas buildings and sites to fruition including DFW International Airport, Reunion Arena and Dallas City Hall. It was in the construction of City Hall that Schrader first worked with I.M. Pei.  

Schrader was instrumental in the creation of the Dallas Arts District and locating the site for the Meyerson Symphony Center. His work with the City of Dallas helped moved the Meyerson forward despite many obstacles. In 1984, the Dallas Symphony Association hired Schrader as project manager for the Meyerson where he acted as a liaison between the City and the DSA and the architect and contractors. He was critical in moving the project from the planning stages through the completion of the hall and to its opening in September 1989.

Schrader continued to serve the DSO as a member of the Board of Governors, Advisory Board and on the Meyerson’s building committee. His enduring support stewarded the Meyerson through two bond elections, and his wisdom guided the administration in decisions related to the building.

“George Schrader leaves an incredible legacy at the DSO and with the Meyerson,” said Debi Pena, Vice President of Community Relations, Facilities and Human Resources. “He was a passionate crusader for the Meyerson. Dallas would not have this incredible building without his service. I will miss his counsel and his experience. George was a mentor and a friend.” Schrader’s remembrance in the Dallas Morning News may be accessed here.