Mary B. Thomas '28 Commitment to Otterbein Award
The Mary B. Thomas Award for Commitment to Otterbein was established in 2011 by President Emerita Kathy A. Krendl and the University’s Board of Trustees to recognize the remarkable commitment of Otterbein investors to the University.
The award’s namesake, Mary Burnham Thomas ’28 (1907-1999), is fondly remembered and appreciated for her enduring loyalty and service to Otterbein University. Mary was a donor to the institution ever since the Development Board was formed in 1948. A member of the President’s Club, she participated in many capital campaigns. She honored the institution with a $6.3 million estate gift. During her tenure as a member of the Otterbein Board of Trustees from 1960 to 1979, she served as secretary of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Recipients of the Mary B. Thomas ’28 Commitment to Otterbein Award are recognized for their philanthropic leadership, service, and commitment to advance Otterbein’s mission as a Model Community. Their contributions — offered through significant contributions and/or time and talent (longtime or extraordinary advisory or other volunteer leadership) — provide transformative and lasting change that positively impacts the University and its students, faculty, and staff.
2021: Alan Goff ’75 and Coral Harris
The Westerville Otterbein Women’s Club
Presented in September 2021 at Homecoming
2020: James and Kathleen Rutherford P’99
Presented in August 2020, by Michael McGreevey after cancellation of awards program due to COVID.
2019: Annie Upper Ames ’86
April 13, 2019, at Alumni Awards Gala
2018: Thomas C. ’63 and Sarah K. Morrison
April 21, 2018 at Alumni Awards Gala
2017: Wendell Foote ’60
Dr. Thomas R. ’51 and Jean Hostetler ’54 Bromeley
April 2017 at Alumni Awards Gala (presented later in person by Michael McGreevey)
2015: John ’68 and Susie King
October 2014 at Nationwide
2014: Bill and Helen LeMay ’48 & ’47
April 2014 at Alumni weekend
2013: No award given
2012: Vernon L. Pack ’50
October 2011 at Hilton Polaris, Donor Recognition Dinner
2011: Vida S. Clements Foundation
Ernest ‘38 and Neva Fritsche
Edwin and Marilou Roush ’47 & ‘45
October 2010 Northpoint Donor Recognition Dinner