Janet MacMahon Carll ‘48 - Community Volunteer

A quiet leader possessing calm persistence, generosity of spirit and prodigious energy, Janet MacMahon Carll has modeled a life of service. From being an early member of the Cleveland Modern Dance Association, serving as its President from 1969-71, during a time when she “was instrumental in leading the organization through some financial and organizational challenges,” to her years volunteering with Valley Save-A-Pet and the Lander Circle Kiwanis, Janet exemplifies a tireless commitment to volunteerism. The natural world figures prominently in Janet’s own world and work. Through Youth Outdoors she often gave children ages 8-18 their first experience in outdoor camping, taking them riding and teaching them to fish. And at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which helps those with Autism, Down Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, neurological and emotional challenges through the equine therapy, Janet started as a lesson volunteer in the ring with students and horses, became an instructor and eventually became lead volunteer, where she “helped train new volunteers, mentored those in need and oversaw all aspects of lesson flow and safety.”
As noted in her letter of nomination, “Janet Carll’s indefatigable path has touched many with her encouragement, advocacy, support and help to the young, old, disadvantaged, mute, vulnerable and alone, as well as her love of learning and advocacy for the environment and animal life.” Another supporter notes her “talent in organization, problem solving and creatively looking at the big picture.”

A graduate of Denison University, Janet maintained her own business as a dog groomer for over 40 years, raised two daughters with her late husband, and has trekked the world from Nepal to Iceland, from Tanzania to Turkey. Passionate about volunteering because it is the right thing to do, Janet MacMahon Carll ’48 has bettered the world for so many others and is the second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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