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Myra Leigh Tobin, a native of Harned, received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky in home economics in 1962, a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Ohio State and a master’s in business administration from New York University. Her education gave her the foundation to be a trailblazer in the business world and a generous philanthropist.

Tobin briefly worked for U.S. Rep. William Natcher and in the Kentucky Department of Commerce before moving to New York. She had previously spent time there as part of General Electric’s marketing management program. She began working at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and then moved to the New Yorkbased international insurance firm Marsh and McLennan Companies, where she rose through the ranks to become senior vice president and then managing director, a position she held from 1982 until retiring in 1998. She was the first woman with a master’s in business administration hired by Marsh and McLennan, the first woman managing director of the firm and the first chair of the firm’s Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Committee.

She was recognized as Insurance Woman of the Year by the Association of Professional Insurance Women in 1984, the recipient of the Helen Garvin Outstanding Achievement Award of the National Association of Insurance Women and the Timothy J. Mahoney Lifetime Sales Leadership Award. She was a member of the board of the National Association of Insurance Brokers for three years. She is a former president of the Financial Women’s Association of New York and the International Alliance, a network of executive and professional women.

Tobin has been a leader in professional and community organizations in New York and remained connected to her Kentucky roots through her farm in Breckinridge County. Tobin’s support of UK HealthCare enabled a new chapel, the Myra Leigh Tobin Chapel, to be constructed in the new UK hospital. She has served as president of the UK Alumni Association and served for six years on the UK board of trustees.

She served as president of the Kentuckians of New York, was a founding member of the board of the New York Women’s Foundation and served on the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City where she helped raise more than $2 million for a restoration project by serving as the fundraising chair.

Tobin was inducted into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2000.