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Iris Maloney Receives the Amethyst Award

Iris Maloney of Exton, PA, is the Amethyst Award recipient for 2005. The Amethyst Award is presented at the annual Homecoming ceremony to an alumna/us in recognition of her/his outstanding contribution to or achievement in a church, community, or professional activity. In 1979, Iris earned her BA degree in English, graduating magna cum laude, from the College of LifeLong Learning at Immaculata University.
Iris spent twenty years, prior to her retirement in 1996, as vice president and chief financial officer of the Newcomen Society of the United States, a publicly-supported, tax-exempt, educational foundation begun in 1923 specifically for "the study and recognition of achievement in American business and the society it serves." For seven years, Iris volunteered at Community Volunteers in Medicine and has been a member of the Great Valley Chapter of the Paoli Hospital Auxiliary for over eight years. Iris serves on the Election Board for Uwchlan Township, PA.
Her dedication to Immaculata University is unsurpassed. Iris was a member of the Immaculata University Board of Trustees for several years and she is presently a member of the Alumnae/i Board of Governors, the Alumni Fundraising Committee, and the Art Show Committee. In addition to these activities, she also volunteers at Homecoming and the bi-annual Alumnae/i Telethon.
Finding herself a single parent after her husband´s death, Iris raised one son, James Scott, who is an attorney and resides with his family in Colorado. Crediting Immaculata University in her acceptance speech, Iris commented that after her husband was killed in a plane crash, she decided to move back East to he near her brother and his family. She moved very close to Immaculata University and fell in love with the campus. She was able to attend Immaculata on the GI Bill. "I found wonderful nuns, lay teachers, and friends. It saved my whole life."
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.