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A Lifetime of Gifts

by Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi ’05

Through the Annual Fund, Hobart and William Smith students are supported every year by the generosity of donors who believe students’ futures are worth the investment. Since graduating from the Colleges, alumnus Grady Jensen ’44, P’83, L.H.D. ’04 and alumna Katharyn “Kay” Schofield Martens ’46, P’72, have made giving to the Annual Fund a priority. They are respectively, Hobart and William Smith’s longest consecutive donors.

Grady Jensen ’44, P’83, L.H.D. ’04

“In the spring of 1940, Elon Howard Eaton, Jr., son of HWS Professor of Biology Elon Howard Eaton and a teacher at the private country day school I attended in Pittsburgh, Pa., took Vic Maitland ’44, Ted Morrison ’44 and me to Hobart for fall weekend. We had a wonderful time and I knew right then that Hobart was where I’d attend college. Those years were some of the happiest of my life, and it’s been my pleasure to give back to the Colleges all that they’ve given me.”
—Grady Jensen ’44, P’83, L.H.D. ’04

At Hobart, Jensen earned his first-year numerals in football, played lacrosse, served as literary editor of the yearbook, and was a member of Kappa Sigma. After graduation, he became a pilot in the U.S. Navy, and subsequently earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.

During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Jensen worked for Chase Manhattan, American Express, The Harwood Companies, New York University and Columbia University, retiring in 1996 as executive director of senior personnel employment. Since then, Jensen has given back to his alma mater through his work as Alumni Trustee, vice president and president of the Hobart Club of New York, six-time Reunion Coordinator, member of the Hobart Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, and class correspondent. In 2009, after 29 years of patient and persistent following, he acquired, refurbished and donated artifacts from the S.S.HOBART VICTORY, a World War II Victory ship, now on permanent display in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. He was awarded an Alumni Citation for loyalty and service to his alma mater in both 1984 and 1994.

Katharyn “Kay” Schofield Martens ’46, P ’72

“William Smith College gave me a superior quality of educational and life experience. There, we were taught to do things right, or not do them at all. William Smith is worth anything that I can give physically and mentally because I believe in my alma mater. I am proud of my alma mater.”
—Katharyn “Kay” Schofield Martens ’46, P ’72

At William Smith, Martens majored in psychology and was a member of numerous clubs and organizations, including Schola Cantorum, Campus Community Chest, Altar Guild, The Herald, The Little Theater and Student Council. She graduated in three years under an accelerated WWII program and became an active member of her communities. Martens served on the Danbury, Conn., and Englewood, N.J. hospital auxiliaries, as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and Community Chest, as the Education Chair, vice-president and secretary of the American Association of University Women, and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Wilson School in Mountain Lakes, N.J. An active member of her church, Martens served as a fundraiser for the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, N.J. and as a member of the vestry at Manakin Episcopal in Midlothian, Va.

Martens has given back to her alma mater as an Alumna Trustee, president and coordinator of the William Smith Club of Central New Jersey, three-time Reunion Coordinator, National Chair of the William Smith Capital Funds Campaign, president and treasurer of the Alumnae Association, Founder’s Day Speaker and organizer of William Smith alumnae chapters throughout the country. She was awarded a Board of Trustees Citation in 1959, the William Smith Alumnae Award in 1960, the Sesquicentennial Award in 1972 and the prestigious Elizabeth Herendeen Odell Award in 2001 for her dedication and commitment to her alma mater.

 

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