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Mary Herlihy Gearan Honored by Geneva

Mary Herlihy Gearan will be presented with the Citizen of the Year Award by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce next month. An article in the March 25 issue of the Finger Lakes Times calls her “a true ambassador for Hobart and William Smith Colleges and their students. She has personally assisted in securing many students’ internships, volunteer opportunities and employment within the Finger Lakes area.”

Gearan says she is honored and humbled to be selected for the award. “The Geneva and Hobart and William Smith communities welcomed my family and me here 10 years ago in many kind ways. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to give back to this wonderful community in any way I can.”

Following the completion of her law degree, Gearan worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C. She was also a fundraiser, national delegate liaison and California Field Desk Officer on the Michael S. Dukakis presidential campaign. She served as a vice president at the Wexler Group, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked until 1992.

In 2008, the International Student Association at Hobart and William Smith created and awarded the first annual Mary Herlihy Gearan Award for Outstanding Contributions to the International Community. The award honors the longstanding commitment of Gearan to the development of the international community on campus. In creating the award, the Association noted that Gearan is, “…an adamant advocate for international students and has actively participated in promoting policies beneficial to the recruitment and retention of students from abroad.”

The complete article follows.


The Finger Lakes Times
Mary Gearan to receive Citizen of Year Award
Jim Miller • March 25, 2010

GENEVA – Since moving here more than 10 years ago, Mary Herlihy Gearan has given time to organizations from the public library to the Boys and Girls Clubs and Happiness House.

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce believes her actions and passion inspire others. And it will recognize that April 29 when it presents her with its Citizen of the Year Award.

Gearan, wife of Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan, has also given time to the school district, Our Lady of Peace, the Third Annual Festival of Nations and Day of Service and the Women’s Conference.

“She is a true ambassador for Hobart and William Smith Colleges and their students,” the Chamber said in a press release “She has personally assisted in securing many students’ internships, volunteer opportunities and employment within the Finger Lakes area.”

Gearan said she was honored and humbled to be chosen for the award, and grateful to the Chamber.
“The Geneva and Hobart and William Smith communities welcomed my family and me here 10 years ago in many kind ways” she said. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to give back to this wonderful community in any way I can.”

She credited her parents and her husband for instilling in her the idea that people must help their communities.

“You have to give back, and you have to do everything you can to make your community better every day,” she said.

Before coming to Geneva, Gearan earned a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College in Boston and a law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Among other jobs, she worked for Democratic Reps. Robert F. Drinian and Joseph Moakley and served as a vice president at the Wexler Group, a government relations firm.

She will be honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner at Belhurst. Tickets are available from the Chamber at 789-1776.