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Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010

College of Arts and Sciences names first Dean's Order of Merit recipients

Dec. 3, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences recently presented the inaugural Dean's Order of Merit awards to alumni Kathryn R. "Kay" Booth, Mark Leonard, David Morley and Martha A. "Marty" Tardy. The award was created to recognize individuals who have championed the College in distinct and significant ways.

David Zaret, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented the inaugural awards. "Philanthropic support and service from people like you enables the College of Arts and Sciences to enhance the educational experience for our students, engage our alumni with the successes of the college, and help forge a stronger future," he told the honorees.

Kay Booth

Kay Booth

Booth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts 1972. She worked in Indiana before moving to Manhattan, where she got a foot in the door at a brokerage firm and eventually rose to become a director of global equity research at one of the nation's largest domestic securities firms.

Today, Booth is a fervent supporter of Indiana University, returning several times a year to work with the IU Foundation as a trustee and to serve on the Dean's Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, she received IU's highest alumni award, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. She says, "Studying fine arts in particular was very beneficial in helping me in the business world. What students get out of a fine arts or a liberal arts major is an open mind and creativity, and in a way you have a more intuitive and analytical advantage."

Leonard received his bachelor's degree in astrophysics in 1977 and a master's in geological sciences in 1980. He retired from Shell Oil in 2007 after more than 28 years of operational experience in domestic and international oil and gas, most recently as vice president for international exploration and production.

Dean's Order of Merit

Pictured, from left, are Mark Leonard, Marty Tardy and David Morley.

He is a supporter of both the departments of Astronomy and Geology at IU, and has been a member of the Geology Department's Advisory Board since 2001. He is a lead donor and volunteer in helping to spearhead the campaign to raise $3 million for IU's Judson Mead Geologic Field Station.

Morley received his bachelor's in biology in 1978. He has worked for such corporate giants as Ford Motor Company, G. D. Searle & Company and Monsanto Company where he rose to become responsible for the company's North and South America operations, and a corporate senior vice president.

Morley serves on the Board of Directors for Parents As Teachers and is chairman of the Board of Directors for the Wyman Center, an educational and social services organization in St. Louis. He is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Advisory Board. He and his wife, Cheryl, have endowed an internship in the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) which supports students working for a non-profit organization.

Tardy received her bachelor's in sociology in 1956. Going back three generations, the extended Tardy family has some 14 members who have graduated from IU and another who is a freshman. Tardy's activities have centered on family and volunteer work. She has served on various volunteer boards both in the Chicago area and in Naples, Fla.

She credits the College of Arts and Sciences with providing her the skills she has needed in her volunteer work. She has been a participant in the IU Foundation's biennial Women's Colloquium and has served as the Colloquium's co-chair. Tardy served on the College Alumni Board, including a stint as president, and is currently a member of the College's Dean's Advisory Board.