Alumni & Parent Programs

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 Valley.

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 societies.

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 outreach.

Updated 2000