Judy Martin retired December 31, 2002, after 29 years leading Drury's alumni and development program. A Drury alumna herself, Judy is well-known to many Drury graduates through our alumni and development programs. In all her years at Drury, Judy has been a deeply committed and conscientious advocate for Drury with a tremendous sense of caring for this institution and its alumni.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to work closely with Judy for more than 19 years. We have made foundation, corporation and donor calls together, and I have observed first-hand the remarkable qualities that have made Judy so effective.
Judy has always been a high-energy individual who works hard and believes passionately in Drury's cause. She genuinely likes people and has both an intuitive and studied understanding of them. Keenly intelligent, Judy is a savvy strategist in planning approaches for the gifts that support the educational programs and services we offer students. Another remarkable trait of Judy is her perpetual optimism and perseverance, which no momentary setback has ever diminished or deterred. She is knowledgeable and well versed in the technical aspects of fund-raising and accordingly, has been widely recognized by her peers as one of the real pros in her field.
These special qualities have come together for Drury's benefit in more than $100 million her office has raised during her career for new buildings, programs, the annual operating budget and the endowment. Drury's growth and development have been underwritten in significant measure by Judy's leadership, commitment and effectiveness as our chief development officer.
In making her career at Drury, Judy Martin has truly distinguished herself and won the respect and affection of her colleagues, our trustees and alumni. And the cheerful prospect is that although Judy has retired, she continues to serve Drury in an "of counsel" capacity, maintaining ties with some older alumni and donors and assisting me and her successor as vice president, D. K. Hirner, with our development work (see Meet the New Boss: D.K. Hirner). Judy and her husband, Bob Thompson '53, are doing some traveling and plan to live in Springfield, where Judy will continue to be one of Drury's most enthusiastic supporters.