Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Mary Child Smoot '81, P'12, has turned a devastating family loss in to a lifelong passion for volunteerism and service to others. Her story begins in the early 1980s when AIDs and its transmission were not well understood. Smoot's brother, Kevin Child '89, was a hemophiliac who was infected with AIDs through a tainted blood transfusion. He passed away due to complications of AIDS just days short of his Bucknell graduation.
Both before Kevin's death and after, Smoot was active with the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), holding various positions on their board or committees for more than 20 years, beginning in 1987. From chairing fundraisers, to recruiting manpower (including classmate Brenda Earl DePaola '81) to managing the responsibilities as treasurer of the organization, when the NHF called, Smoot was there. She and her family also endowed a scholarship in her brother's name which is granted annually to a deserving student with hemophilia. Smoot and the NHF board were instrumental in pushing the Centers for Disease Control to address the issue of safety in the United States' blood supply, all while working to raise the profile of hemophilia, a relatively rare disease. Smoot is a past recipient of the NHF's Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.
A member of Delta, Delta, Delta sorority during her undergraduate years served as treasurer her senior year, Smoot also was a member of Bucknell's Women's Club soccer team and worked in the cafeteria all four years . She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and over the years has been a consistent Bucknell supporter, as a class committee member and capital giving volunteer, Career Development Center mentor, and 20th Reunion organizer. Bucknell's legacy continues to run deep in Smoot's family. Her parents and aunt graduated from Bucknell and now one of her four children attends the University.
Smoot has been an active community volunteer in many areas and has received a number of awards in recognition for her work with the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, local schools, the Somerset, NJ and Greenwich CT Ys, and as a youth soccer coach and scout leader. More than that, while living in Greenwich, CT, Smoot worked tirelessly as a board member for Kids in Crisis, the Greenwich AIDs Alliance and Fairfield County AIDS Walk, chairing it the first year it was held in 1994. The Greenwich Y honored her with the Bravo Award for her distinguished career and commitment to the community. She also is a member of Heartworks, a group of local women who do random acts of kindness for people in their community.
In her professional life, Smoot is currently the chief financial officer of Sky Blue Soccer, Inc., a member of the Women's Professional Soccer League. Previously she worked as a consultant, accountant/auditor for a variety of corporations from KPMG to Greenwich Federal Savings and Loan to Citigroup Asset Management and Thomson Scientific.
Smoot resides in Bernardsville, NJ with her husband Doug '82. They have four children, Justin, Kristin, Kylie and Lindsay '12.