Spotlight on Eva Maddox
Eva and Lynn Maddox’s love story began 45 years ago at UC when Lynn accepted a position with Procter & Gamble and was told by a college friend that he should “look up” his hometown pal, Eva, who was a student at UC. The rest is, as they say, “history” - upon Lynn’s arrival at P&G, they dated every night for the first seven weeks and married three years later.
Eva and Lynn’s lives have been blessed in so many ways and they feel both a desire and an obligation to give back. While they were born into families with moderate incomes, they both were raised by parents who believed strongly in the importance of education. In addition to quality academic experiences, their parents believed in training about life values and principles - skills they learned at home and as undergraduates and continue very much in evidence today. A significant focus of their philanthropy is education related, including gifts to the University of Cincinnati.
Eva is grateful to UC DAAP for expanding her creative abilities and providing her with cooperative work experiences prior to graduation. UC paved the way for her design career and gave her the confidence to pursue leadership success. The DAAP experimental design process fostered her love for design and provided the skills to create a non-profit multidisciplinary design school in Chicago, Archeworks, where she served as Program Director for 15 years, while continuing to work full time. Eva also was an entrepreneur for 27 years until Eva Maddox Associates was acquired by Perkins+Will, a global architectural design firm . . . she now has been happily engaged in design for half a century and in 2010 was named a "Legend" in her field by Contract magazine.
Not only do Eva and Lynn make monetary gifts to UC, Eva gives of herself, too. She serves as a member of the UC Foundation Board of Directors, as Vice-Chair of the Foundation’s Marketing Committee and serves on the DAAP Advisory Committee. She also is an active member of the Chicagoans for Cincy! Executive Committee.
When UC’s capital campaign was initiated several years ago, the goal was to create an endowment large enough to help fund education at UC from its annual earnings, in order to make a great education widely available to underserved students and keep the costs reasonable for undergraduates. Without question, early funding from this campaign and UC’s commitment to be a #1 Urban Research Campus, have been key factors in UC’s surge in recognition and position over the last decade. Eva and Lynn consider these commitments on the part of alumni, faculty, administration and leadership so important that they make significant annual gifts. While they generously give to DAAP, establishing the Maddox Lecture Series, and providing lead gifts to the Koroscik Graduate Fellowship Endowment and the Jay Chatterjee Lecture Fund, they also are enthusiastic supporters of the law school's Ohio Innocence Project and have included the UC Foundation in their will. They strongly encourage all UC alumnae to do the same.
Thanks, Eva, for your love and dedication to UC and the Chicagoans for Cincy!