Alumna of the Year
The Alumna of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding alumna of Maryvale. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who knows the nominee — alumna, family or friend. A committee comprised of the Director of Advancement, Director of Reunion and Gift Planning and the executive committee of the Alumnae Association will determine the recipient of the award. All nominees must demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Service to Maryvale is the top criterion.
- No alumna may be considered for selection until 10 years after graduation.
- The nominee must have been or still be involved with the school as an advocate, benefactor, including but not limited to, the Alumnae Association, the Board of Trustees, annual giving, endowments, capital campaigns or as a faculty or staff member or coach.
- The recipient must be a well respected member of her community as a professional or volunteer.
- The committee must give consideration for the recipient’s future involvement and/or development in the school’s long-range plans.
Please send your Alumna of the Year nominations to:
Libby Bagli Nagle '72
Director of Reunion and Gift Planning
Maryvale Preparatory School
11300 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093
Alumna of the Year 2017: Catherine (Katie) Cochran Peddy '62
Alumna of the Year, Katie Cochran Peddy '62, smiles for the camera with her husband Tom in front of Maryvale's historic Castle.
One day this past summer, a member of the Advancement Staff peeked out a Castle window and noticed someone pulling weeds in the Grotto. As the employee looked a little more closely, she realized that this was neither a contractor nor a member of Maryvale’s maintenance team.
It was Katie Cochran Peddy, Maryvale alumna and trustee, outfitted in a Smith and Hawken gardening apron. The Grotto had caught Katie’s eye one afternoon as she was leaving the school following a fundraising meeting.
Determined to beautify the sacred area and go the extra mile for Maryvale, she spent weeks weeding, planting, watering and giving the Grotto the T-L-C that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur had shown her as a student.
Even as a freshman in 1958, Katie embraced Maryvale, jumping into school life from the start with her hallmark energy and enthusiasm – exceeding expectations and achieving excellence.
She served as president of the Glee Club and made her mark as a talented athlete, playing lacrosse and field hockey. One of her classmates remembers Katie – always a team player – flying down the field as a left wing on the field hockey team, passing to Carol Bohager Schreiber to score the goal.
Other classmates, some of whom are here today, describe Katie as quick-thinking and ambitious, having contributed much to their class activities.
It was during her years at Maryvale that Katie met the man who would eventually become her husband, Tom Peddy. Following college in New York (Tom at Cornell and Katie at the State University of New York), they moved back to Baltimore to join the family business, the Green Spring Inn.
During the next chapter of their life, God blessed Katie and Tom with two sons. Katie took great pride in raising her boys, while serving as an active community volunteer and working with her husband as he developed Green Spring Station into the incredible retail and office center that it is today.
In 1985, Katie founded Foxleigh Creative Resources, Inc., an interior design firm, which she managed for 10 years. At the same time, she purchased Richfield Farm, a 30-acre property in the Phoenix area of Baltimore County. She and Tom bred, showed and sold high-end, registered llamas until the early 2000s. Katie’s farm has grown to 100 acres, where she boards horses and owns Highland cattle.
Today, Katie says that her husband, her family and Maryvale are the most important things in her life.
Through the years, Katie has stayed involved with Maryvale in a number of ways. She presently serves on the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Development Committee, where she brings that same hallmark energy and enthusiasm – exceeding expectations and achieving excellence – that set her apart as a student.
Board Chair John Novotny says: “It has been a joy to serve on the Maryvale Board of Trustees with Katie Peddy for the past several years. Her love of Maryvale and dedication to this school are an example for all alumnae. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”
Ellen Pierce, chair of the Development Committee remarks: "I have not come across anyone more deserving than Katie in being recognized as the Alumna of the Year. It has been an honor to work with her, gather her insight, feed off her energy and call her a friend. Congrats Katie – you deserve this honor!"
Katie’s true essence is most poignantly shared by her husband, Tom.
“Katie has been my life-long partner and best friend for 52 years. We share our endeavors together and take pleasure in helping the other out. She has been instrumental in my successes, and I hope I have helped in hers.
Katie was always high energy. If you needed something done, she would see that it was done in a proper fashion. She has always made the most of whatever life put before her, but her true essence is in her heart. Katie is kind beyond words. When her parents retired, she insisted they move to our farm. And for the next 20+ years, she cared for them in a loving fashion. When my cousin was dying of breast cancer, Katie did not bat an eye, and brought her to our house where she spent her last three months in an atmosphere of great love and caring among friends and family.
Katie continues to tackle jobs with her “game on” abandon, but it is what’s in her heart that speaks to her “essence.”
That “game on” abandon has spilled into Katie’s tireless work in promoting Maryvale. She has been successful in raising significant funds for the school. She keeps her classmates connected and informed, meeting several for lunch every month. She throws herself into every project – whether personally restoring the Grotto or helping to write a major gift proposal.
Katie is celebrated for the many contributions she has made to the Maryvale community. Katie has indeed given so much of her time, talent and treasure to our school. She is a great advocate and a wonderful friend to all of us.