Judy Horst '62
Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award, 2000
Judy graduated from Butler University in 1962 with a B.S. in
marketing. She worked in the banking industry for several years
before joining Fairchild Semiconductor in the now-fabled Silicon
In the early 1970s, Judy left the corporate world and applied
her entrepreneurial skills in the not-for-profit sector, starting
and developing a Big Sister program first for the San Francisco Bay
Area, then for surrounding counties. When Judy left the program,
she left a caseload of more than 1,000 on-going matches throughout
the Bay Area.
Judy's contribution to Bay Area organizations during that time
and later included serving on the Boards of the Palo Alto Volunteer
Bureau and Mountain View Community Services. She was also a
recurring guest lecturer and panelist in small business management
seminars sponsored by Stanford University's Business School.
In the midst of all of this volunteer work, Judy started a
company called Group Fore, to initiate the first mini-tour for
women professional golfers. As a feeder system for young women
golfers hoping to earn their LPGA playing cards, the tour also
served as a fundraising catalyst for a number of non-profit groups.
Group Fore is no longer in the mini-tour business but it publishes
books, the last one The LPGA: The Unauthorized Version .
Group Fore is also preparing a golf information website that will
serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Judy also co-founded Bo-Tree Productions, whose annual product
list included more than 40 calendars and datebooks, many benefiting
non-profit organizations. The very first calendar Judy ever
developed was The Gavel which was a fundraiser for
Butler's student council, still published and valued by the Butler
student body. Judy also maintains Flying Panda Gifts, a catalog and
website selling gifts for pets and pet owners.
Currently, Judy is a communications and marketing consultant. In
her spare time, Judy still plays golf.
While at Butler, Judy served as president of the Alpha Chi Omega
sorority and president of the Women's Recreational Association. She
was also on the Association of Women's Students, the Student
Council, the Panhellenic Council, Mortar Board and other honor
Certainly Judy's professional and civic accomplishments make her
a deserving recipient of the Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement
Award, in the spirit of Mr. Duncan's exemplary achievements and