Turman Service Award Recipients

Kathy Gillespie Tomajko 79G


A 1979 graduate of Laney Graduate School (School of Librarianship), Tomajko serves as the Associate Dean of Libraries & Aerospace Engineering Librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tomajko has served Emory since 2003 in leadership roles for the Board of Governors, which later became what is now known as the Emory Alumni Board (EAB). In addition to her service on the EAB’s Annual Giving Committee, from 2007-2009 she also served as an officer on the EAB Executive Committee, a role she found very rewarding and fulfilling. Tomajko also chaired the Office of Annual Giving Board from 2005 to 2007, and played active roles on many giving and campaign committees. Since 2007, she has been active in the Emory Alumni Board Presidents’ Club and served as the alumni representative to the Emory University Senate from 2011-2013. In the community, Tomajko proudly represented Emory as an appointee to the University Board of Visitors.

Professionally, Tomajko is “proud of my entire career at Georgia Tech, but particularly my recent leadership as Associate Dean of Libraries,” she says. She joined the university in 1979 after working in the government documents department of Bowling State University Libraries in Ohio. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Reference and User Services Association, the Special Libraries Association, and others.

At Georgia Tech, Tomajko supervises three departments and works closely with Georgia Tech’s associate deans and other Library and campus leadership. Tomajko is also the aerospace engineering librarian, including outreach and support of research, instruction, and collection development. Her work in library science has been published, and she was the principal investigator on a statewide Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant that created the GALILEO Knowledge Repository (now known as the Georgia Knowledge Repository) – an open access digital scholarship repository for Georgia college and university libraries. She will retire from her position at Georgia Tech in 2015.

Committed to improving literacy and bettering her community, Tomajko has earned numerous awards for her service, including the Louise Martin Klaucke Award of the Junior League of DeKalb County (JLD) “that recognizes a JLD sustainer member who demonstrates unselfish service to her community through civic, professional and volunteer service” and the Frances Kaiser Award “that recognizes a Georgia Tech Library faculty member for significant professional achievement in library and information science.” She serves and has served in many volunteer capacities including the Junior League of DeKalb County, Mary Gay House Endowment Fund Board, DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, Grady Hospital Board of Visitors, International Women’s House, Leadership DeKalb, Atlanta Organizing Committee for the Centennial Olympic Games, and the Library Foundation of the DeKalb County Public Libraries.

On a personal note, Tomajko has been married to her husband, Ron, for 45 years. The couple lives in Decatur. Following her retirement this year, they hope to increase their involvement in service to community, pursue educational opportunities like Emory’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, travel and have more time with family and friends.

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Turman Recipients

Kathy Gillespie Tomajko 79G

Chilton Davis Varner 76L

John W. Spiegel 65MBA

Virginia Bales Harris 71C 77PH

Walker Ray 62C 65M 68MR

Tommy Owens 59Ox 61C 65D 

Sally Lehr 65N 76MN 

Philip Syng Reese 66C 76MBA 76L

William L. Norton Jr. 42Ox 48C 50L

Renelda Mack 83C

Kenneth Murrah 55C 58L

Lihong DAngelo 89PhD
J. Davidson Porter 85C

The Reverend Samuel M. Clark Jr. 54C
Eleanor Ridley 73L

Beverly Allen 68C
Tom Brodnax 65Ox 68C

Gloria Bowden 74C
Paul McLarty 63C 66L

John Inman Jr. 42C 45M
Ina Thompson 61Ox 63C

Paul Anderson, Sr. 38C 40L
Juliana M. Winters 77L

Marvin Hardy III 61Ox 63C 66L
Pam Pryor 69C 70G