Art Professor Honored by Rotary Club with International Service Award

WASHINGTON, PA (Dec. 7, 2012)—An accomplished artist and educator, Pat Maloney is a recognized international humanitarian as well.

A professor of art at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) and member of the College’s faculty since 1977, Maloney is the 2012 recipient of the Rotary Club of Washington’s Andrew G. Uram International Service Award.

Maloney is a Fulbright scholar, teaching art without books in Ghana under her scholarship. Upon her return, the Rotary Club of Washington and Brother’s Brother Foundation provided her more than 1 million books, which were delivered to the Rotary Club of Ghana for distribution to schools, missions and libraries. In 2005, Maloney represented the Washington Club on a three-week District 7330 trip to India to dispense polio vaccines. While there, she documented the plaster casting process of making prosthetics for polio victims, and upon her return, was instrumental in raising funds to improve the process of making prosthetics for children and adults in India. She also has made several humanitarian trips to hurricane-ravaged areas of Haiti.

“It is an honor to be recognized with this award from an organization I hold so close to my heart,” Maloney said. “Rotary is an amazing organization. Its motto, ‘Service Above Self,’ are words I think about as I live my life. Thank you, Rotary.”

The Andrew G. Uram International Service Award was created in 2004 to recognize a local individual who has provided humanitarian relief abroad or worked to promote world understanding and peace. In 2008, the award was renamed in honor of Uram, both a past president of the Rotary Club of Washington and former district governor of 7330. He was the leading force behind the Washington Club’s first major international service project to ship books to Ghana through the Brother’s Brother Foundation.