John D. Curry, who would have guessed that a chance meeting with renowned inventor Charles Kettering in the mid-1950s would lead to your enrolling at Wilmington College?
A native of nearby Xenia, you possessed an interest in chemistry and, coincidentally, Wilmington College had a faculty member that Kettering described as “an impressive, young Ph.D., organic chemist named Philip Bayless.”
Dr. Bayless and other Wilmington College faculty served as mentors as you progressed through four years at WC. Upon graduating in 1960, you enrolled at Ohio State University on a Kettering Fellowship. There, you studied inorganic chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in 1964. Your dissertation involved “transition metal complexes derived from various imines and hydrazines of acetyl pyridines.”
You and your family then moved to England, where Oxford University awarded you a NATO Post Doctoral Fellowship. After a year at Oxford, you accepted a position at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. Over the next 35-plus years, you held a variety of assignments with P&G — from basic research to more applied product development — all utilizing your immense skills and knowledge of inorganic chemistry.
By the time you retired in 2001, you were recognized as the inventor of 18 patents and your research findings were published widely in the industry. You have been a member of the American Chemical Society for more than 50 years, in addition to being elected to a number of honorary scientific organizations.
Outside the laboratory, you have been involved with numerous community service interests in Oxford, Ohio, where you and your wife, Marilyn, reside. These include leadership positions with the Oxford Community Arts Center Board, Museum Association, the United Way, Kiwanis Club and the Oxford middle school’s Builders Club. You are an active member of the Presbyterian Church and have served on Oxford City Council and the governing boards for Recreation, Student-Community Relations and the Oxford Swimming and Diving Team.
In 2011, you were named “Citizen-of-the-Year” in Oxford.
John Curry, the Wilmington College Alumni Community is proud of your accomplishments as an internationally known research chemist and for your service to community. It is an honor to present you with the 2016 Alumni Citation for Professional Achievements.
Amy Eha Story, you came to Wilmington College in the mid-1980s and quickly became involved on campus in such leadership development positions as editor of The Wilmingtonian yearbook, vice president of Student Government Association and a resident assistant in Friends Hall. You also were designated a Leadership Scholar and selected to Green Key Honor Society.
You graduated magna cum laude in 1990 with a major in psychology. You later went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, from Thomas More College.
For 25 years, you have been serving children and families in southwestern Ohio with Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services. As section chief in the Intake area, you managed 13 supervisors and played key roles in developing the vision and integrated programs for the organization whose services impact Cincinnati and much of its metropolitan areas. After four years, you were promoted to the Quality Assurance Program in which, among other things, you worked to improve casework quality and customer service.
In 2006, you became section chief for Children’s Services Support, and, while indirectly supervising more than 100 staff members, you oversaw procurement and management of 20 contracted children’s services providers and vendors valued at more than $7 million. Three years later, you took over as section chief of the Child Care and Adult Protective Services area. There, you developed strategic initiatives and actively ensured eligibility determination of $93 million annually to more than 1,000 certified childcare homes and centers. Beginning in 2012, Transportation Services was added to your responsibilities.
With that rich variety of experience in numerous areas, you received the prestigious award as “Hamilton County Employee-of-the-Year for Leadership.” Earlier this year, you were promoted to the executive level as chief information technology officer, a position in which you are utilizing your extraordinarily diverse background of 25 years with Hamilton County Family and Job Services.
You have further served your profession as an active leader on Ohio’s Child Care Advisory Council. Outside of social work, you have volunteered with your children’s sports as a coach and treasurer with the Soccer Association in New Richmond. There, you and your husband, Leland, are rearing two children: Aubree, age 15 and 12-year-old Aiden.
Amy Story, the Wilmington College Alumni Community is proud of your professional accomplishments and commitment to serving your community’s children and families. It is an honor to present you with the 2016 Alumni Citation for Professional Achievements.