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Judy Roth Garel ‘51


Columbus School for Girls is proud to announce that Judy Roth Garel '51 has been selected as the 2017 Alumna of the Year. Garel, a Bexley resident, is a co-founder of the Women's Fund of Central Ohio, a 2001 recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, and a 2012 United Way of Central Ohio Capital Women of Distinction Honoree.

Early in her career, Garel worked at Battelle and then at the Ohio Humanities Council. But, it wasn't long before she embraced her greatest passion: reading and literature. Garel has devoted her time and advocacy to the cause as a past co-chair of the founding committee of the statewide Ohio Public Library Information Network, past president of the Ohio Library Trustees Association, and a past trustee of the Bexley Public Library. She also dedicated years of service on the boards of the Thurber House, Columbus Symphony, Planned Parenthood, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The CSG Alumna of the Year Award celebrates a CSG graduate who represents the highest principles of CSG, and through that display, has made outstanding contributions in her area of endeavor. As a leader throughout the central Ohio community, Garel consistently meets and often exceeds those standards.

"Judy Roth Garel is a prime example of what it means when we tell our girls that their voices are powerful enough to inspire change," said Head of School Jennifer Ciccarelli. "The work she has inspired through the Women's Fund and many other efforts is making a tangible difference in the lives of girls and women all over central Ohio. We are excited to honor her with this award."

Garel attended CSG from 8th grade to 12th grade, before graduating in 1951, and she has a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College. She will formally accept the award before students, family, friends and fellow alumnae at an Upper School assembly on April 28, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. in the School's Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater. All alumnae are welcome to attend.