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April 04, 2016

A Legacy of Philanthropy and Volunteer Service in Greater Cincinnati

Year after year the Greater Cincinnati community demonstrates itself as one of the most generous throughout the United States, not only in dollars donated, but also in the amount of time our citizens give to volunteering. We at United Way of Greater Cincinnati feel it is of utmost importance to recognize these people who are advancing the common good in our community on a daily basis.

Recently, Tom & Mary Ellen Cody were honored as the recipients of the 2015-16 Tocqueville Society Award—given to recognize the recipients’ philanthropy and legacy of volunteer service to the Greater Cincinnati community.


Mary Ellen is currently a board member of Every Child Succeeds, the Carnegie Center and Central Clinic Foundation. Formerly, she served on the boards of St. Ursula Academy, Dress for Success Cincinnati (where she also served as president), 4C for Children and the development board of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. She was named Enquirer Woman of the Year in 2006.

Tom is retired from Macy’s where he served as vice chair. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is also a member of the board of trustees at Xavier University. He formerly served on the boards of The Athenaeum of Ohio—Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati Arts and Technology, CTS Corporation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Ohio National Financial Services and Ohio National Life Insurance Company. He was named a Great Living Cincinnatian in 2012.


Tom also chaired the boards of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, co-chaired Cincinnati CAN and chaired the 2007 United Way campaign. He is also a past board member of Cincinnati Art Museum, the Medical Center Fund and the Hebrew Union College Ethics Center.

Mary Ellen and Tom have four children and 11 grandchildren. They live in Covington, Kentucky.