Nov. 23, 2009
Photos: above, Karla and Amy Stout; below, Bridget, Brad and Dominique Deery
UI names Mom and Dad of the Year
Karla Stout of Washington, Iowa and Brad Deery of Burlington, Iowa were recently named University of Iowa's Mom and Dad of the Year.
Stout and Deery were honored at halftime of the Saturday, Nov. 7 Hawkeye football game against Northwestern.
Stout was nominated by her daughter, Amy Stout, a senior majoring in finance and economics. She is department administrator in the UI School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was instrumental in the successful relocation of the arts campus after the 2008 floods, physically moving boxes as well as spearheading the logistics of opening the new Studio Arts facility. In addition to being a certified master gardener, she has volunteered with the Preemie Project, crocheting items for premature babies born at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
She also set aside her personal ambitions last fall and took leave from work to care for Amy, who was seriously injured in a car accident.
"She has shown dedication to her family by the huge changes she accepted in her own life during my accident (recovery)," Amy said in nominating her mother for the honor. "She is eager to give whatever she can to someone in need, even if it affects what she wants or is able to do."
Deery was nominated by his daughter, Dominique Deery, a senior majoring in management and organizations and minoring in Spanish. He operates eight car dealerships throughout Iowa, employing more than 400 people. Eleven years ago, he lost his wife to cancer and raised three daughters on his own. While caring for his wife during her sickness, he managed to grow his business and contribute to his community. He has donated vehicles to the UI Athletics Department, established a scholarship to support student leaders who promote equal rights, sponsored Burlington Steamboat Days, and organized relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 flooding in Iowa, among other things. He also participates in RAGBRAI.
"He continues to be true to himself: optimistic, problem-solving and generous. He pushes me to do new things everyday," Dominique wrote in her nomination.
Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors, selects the Mom of the Year honoree. Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for upper-level students, selects the Dad of the Year honoree. The Parents Association also supports the awards program.
All students can nominate their parents for the annual awards, which have been a UI tradition for more than 50 years. The application includes a list of the parent's occupational achievements, community activities, volunteer work, and personal accomplishments and honors. In addition, students write essays describing their parents personal characteristics, what they've done for the students or others, and why their parents should represent all Iowa parents.
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