Al Leighton '62 and Kathy Fox '75 were honored by Marian University at its 2023 gala with the
university's 2023 Dillion Family Distinguished Alumni Award.
Separately, Leighton and Fox were students
and long-time supporters of Marian University. Together, they are an
Leighton graduated from Marian College in 1962 and worked for a CPA
firm in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to Indianapolis to work for Marian Inc.
While at Marian Inc., he served in several leadership roles, including
secretary, treasurer, and CFO. Fox graduated in 1975 from Marian College with an
accounting degree. After several years in the workforce, she earned her
teaching license and master's degree and taught accounting, keyboarding, and
Leighton was married for 51 years before his
first wife passed away in 2020. He and Fox met at the St. Joseph Chapel ribbon
cutting in 2021 and married in July 2022 – at the St. Joseph Chapel where they
Leighton has supported numerous scholarships
and other campus efforts, including co-chairing the annual alumi fund drive. He
has been a Board of Trustees member since 2004, and in 2013, the Marian School of
Nursing was renamed the Leighton School of Nursing in honor of his generosity.
He has also volunteered his time and leadership to well-known local and
national not-for-profits. Fox accompanies him through all of this work while
also volunteering for Teachers' Treasures.
The 2023 Marian University Gala raised over
$2.5 million for the university's student scholarships, as nearly 2,000 alums,
students, faculty and staff, and community leaders attended.