Bill Gutow was born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, to Texas transplants — his father was born in New Jersey and his mother in Toronto. Bill attended Hillcrest High School and then the University of Texas followed by Southern Methodist University Law School, and graduated law school in 1965. He met his wife, Barbara, while she was working as a teacher. Bill was on the board of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and has served Dallas’s Jewish community alongside his wife as a strong advocate of education.
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Billy, it was surprising and gratifying to watch your historical video. I went to Highland Park Junior High and met you. I remember you because you asked me to a dance and I believe my father said no. That was my first experience with prejudice and seeing parents as having different views than I held. At that time, my family was Christian.
I enjoyed your candid discussion about the interplay of life and faith. Glad to have met you happy and hale through the video.