IU honors seven loyal volunteers and supporters as 2014 Partners in Philanthropy

  • Oct. 17, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and the IU Foundation has honored seven individuals as 2014 Partners in Philanthropy. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President and CEO Daniel C. Smith presented the awards Oct. 16, recognizing exceptional volunteer leaders whose vital service and contributions help shape the future of the university at the highest levels.

"The annual Partners in Philanthropy recognition is symbolic of the enduring values and ideals upon which Indiana University has operated throughout its history, and the seven individuals honored this year represent the finest traditions of service to the university," McRobbie said. "Their longstanding generosity and commitment to the university, as well as to their communities, have contributed greatly to the university's mission and improved the lives of countless Hoosiers. We are enormously grateful for their ongoing support and proud to call them friends of Indiana University."

Honorees received one of three awards: Cornerstone Award, Keystone Award and Herman B Wells Visionary Award. Each year, nominations are solicited from all IU campuses. Recipients are selected by a committee composed of representatives from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU Bloomington and regional campuses.

"Philanthropy, according to the history of the word, means 'love of humanity,'" Smith said. "By sharing their personal time and expertise with others, these individuals have not only championed the causes in which they believe; they've also inspired others to do the same. Our Partners have shown us that, together, we can pave the road to a brighter future for all. We can make the impossible possible."

Cornerstone Award

Louise Eleanor Addicott, Joel Meier and Patricia Meier received the Cornerstone Award, which recognizes individuals whose partnership and volunteer involvement have been instrumental in the success of a single IU philanthropic initiative for a campus, program or school.

Born and raised in England, Addicott made her home in South Bend, Ind., with her husband, Yatish Joshi. Together, they started a successful business, GTA Containers Inc., and had three children, Georgina, Tenzing and Avatar. It was through Georgina and Avatar, both IU graduates, that the couple became friends of IU and supporters of music students in South Bend and Bloomington.

Establishing the Georgina Joshi Foundation in memory of her daughter, Addicott has endowed master classes at the Jacobs School of Music and IU South Bend. She has also awarded funding to several Jacobs School of Music graduate voice students, helping them transition into the professional world of music.

Ignited by Addicott's vision to give young musicians access to educational experiences and to support public music performances in South Bend, Yatish Joshi assumed a leadership role in the renovation of IU South Bend’s recital hall, transforming the building into a world-class venue for performances by chamber musicians, soloists and small ensembles. In September, the hall was named the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall. Throughout her life, Addicott supported numerous local performing groups such as the pianists from the Toradze Piano Studio at IU South Bend, the South Bend Chamber Singers and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. She organized fundraising events and opened her home to host performers during their annual competitions.

Addicott could often be heard saying, "It is not what you can do for yourself but what you can do for others; that's what counts."

View a video biography of Louise Eleanor Addicott.

In 1994, Joel Meier and Patricia “Patti” Meier moved from Montana to Bloomington for Joel Meier, a graduate of IU Bloomington, to chair the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies at IU. During the 16 years Joel Meier was chair, Patti Meier served as a docent at the IU Art Museum, helping the education program grow and thrive. Patti Meier's commitment was so exceptional that when she retired, the museum established the Patti and Joel Meier Docent Award, which is given each year to an outstanding docent.

Now retired, the Meiers have moved back to the West. Despite their distance, they return to Bloomington regularly to conduct workshops with IU students. Last fall, they made a presentation to School of Public Health-Bloomington students on how to begin a personal investment program, helping young people understand how they, too, can make a philanthropic impact. The Meiers have also endowed the art museum's educational programs and the Chair of Outdoor Leadership in the School of Public Health-Bloomington.

The Meiers hope to "say someday that we've given back more than we've received, as we have received a great deal."

View a video biography of Joel Meier and Patricia "Patti" Meier.

Keystone Award

The Keystone Award, which recognizes individuals who have shown exemplary volunteer leadership through multiple IU fundraising campaigns, was presented to Kathryn "Kay" Ryan Booth and John R MacLennan.

Booth credits her liberal arts education for making her uniquely successful in business. Booth’s longstanding involvement with IU began as a student, when she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and the IU Student Foundation. Today, Booth chairs the Women’s Philanthropy Council and serves on the IU Foundation Board of Directors. She is a longtime member of the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Advisory Board and served on the steering committee for IU Bloomington’s Matching the Promise campaign.

As a member of the Financial Women’s Association, Booth has been a strong advocate and role model for women of all ages. She has also been a driving force behind the launch of the Equities and Legal Women’s Network at Bear Sterns, where she once served as a senior managing director and director of global equity research. She believes people were put on Earth to make life better.

"If I can do that," she said, "I'll be a pretty happy human being on this planet."

View a video biography of Kay Ryan Booth.

John R MacLennan's engagement with IU began during his time as a student, when he was a member of the Student Athletic Board and the IU Student Foundation. Though a graduate of IU Bloomington, MacLennan has given nearly four decades of service to the regional campus IU Northwest, including his instrumental role in the creation of the IU Northwest alumni association.

He and his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" MacLennan, were integral in creating the annual IU Northwest Scholarship Gala fundraising event, and they have worked on the gala since its 1986 inception. In 2002, MacLennan helped establish the Chancellor's Society. He has raised funds for the Chancellor's Scholarship for the Arts, honoring students from underrepresented populations who are working toward a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts or theater. In addition, he has served on the Well House Society Advisory Board.

"Philanthropy to me means an opportunity to return a favor," MacLennan said, but he is quick to dismiss accolades, paraphrasing Chinese philosopher Lao-Tsu: "A leader is best when people rarely know he exists … when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'we did it together.'"

View a video biography of John R MacLennan.

Herman B Wells Visionary Award

V. William "Bill" Hunt and Nancy Bergen Hunt received the Herman B Wells Visionary Award, which recognizes those whose lifetime volunteer commitment to IU reveals a deep understanding of the power of philanthropy to shape the future of the institution and a determination to see that future realized.

The Hunts have been involved with the university for several generations. Bill Hunt's father, Virgil Hunt, served as the first director of IU's Kokomo campus from 1945 to 1956, then moved to IUPUI to become dean and, in 1966, the first registrar of the IU Medical Center.

The Hunts have continued to build on Virgil’s legacy by funding Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt Hall at IU Kokomo. This science facility plays an integral role in supporting the work of both students and faculty. In fact, the work of biologists in Hunt Hall has led the National Wildlife Federation to recognize IU Kokomo as one of the top 21 schools in the nation for supporting faculty environmental research.

Over the years, Bill Hunt has served on numerous boards and committees, volunteering his skills and expertise to organizations both within IU and the greater community. As a student, he was a camp counselor, a rider in the Little 500 bicycle race and a member of the IU Student Foundation. He has been the driving force behind many gifts to IU Kokomo. His leadership was also integral to the success of the IU Maurer School of Law's Matching the Promise campaign, which raised the funding critical to making the school a national and international presence. 

Nancy Hunt has also been dedicated to IU. As a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Council and a dedicated member of the IU Art Museum Board of Advisors, she has demonstrated her passion for improving lives through higher education at IU.

"When I married Bill," she said, "I married IU, too." 

View a video biography of V. William "Bill" Hunt and Nancy Bergen Hunt.

About the Indiana University Foundation

Founded in 1936, the IU Foundation maximizes private support for IU by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2014, IU received $341.3 million in voluntary support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

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From left, Yatish Joshi, Joel and Patti Meier, Kay Booth, John MacLennan and Nancy and Bill Hunt | Photo by Indiana University

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