Kathy Valyi ’73

17 April 2023
Kathy Valyi '73

The impact of Katherine Valyi ’73 on Carleton—and beyond—is broad and profound. A history major with a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Valyi served as chair of the leadership giving subcommittee of the Alumni Annual Fund Board as the college prepared to launch its Every Carl for Carleton campaign in 2016. The Annual Fund was a central pillar of the campaign, and Valyi worked closely with staff members to create and launch the Three Oaks Society, which set the stage for record levels of leadership giving. She is also a leader within her own class, helping organize 1973’s “Conversations on Race” virtual program and co-chairing her 50th reunion gift committee. 

Beyond Carleton and post-career, Valyi dedicates her time to the community volunteer program she created for immigrant young adults, tutoring, mentoring and securing resources to enable them to pursue higher education. She is active in her Episcopal parish and is a Serving Sister of the Order of St. John, a global charity funding an eye hospital serving Palestinians in Jerusalem. 

Living in the Bronx, New York, Valyi remains connected to Carleton as a member of the Joseph Lee Heywood Society and of her 50th Reunion leadership, and as a parent to Clara Nulty, Class of 2014 and Clara’s husband Ian Heinzman, Class of 2013.