Louise E. Addicott Joshi was the recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Medal from Indiana University South Bend. Accepting the award from Chancellor Terry L. Allison was her husband, Yatish Joshi.
The medal recognizes contributions that have helped advance the university and its mission. Recipients demonstrate outstanding support of IU South Bend and serve as exceptional advocates. Past winners included Kurt Simon, Franklin Schurz Jr., Art Decio, Barbara Warner and Robert Deputy.
The award was presented Nov. 19.
Mr. Joshi emotionally spoke of his wife’s love of the arts, community and family.
The ceremony also included performances by the Euclid String Quartet, and by two voice students Tamra Garrett and Julius Miller III. Jessica McCormack, assistant professor of voice, also sang. Geoffrey Duce, assistant professor of music, piano, accompanied the singers.
Mrs. Joshi’s love of music and her vision has created strong ties to Indiana University. Through the Georgina Joshi Foundation, established by Louise in 2007, many students at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington and IU South Bend have received scholarships, fellowships and other support and have participated in master classes to further their music education.
In addition to scholarships, IU South Bend students, faculty and community residents will soon enjoy the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall. The 224-seat hall formerly known as Recital Hall, is being remodeled and will open in 2014. The venue will used for chamber music, soloists, and small ensembles. It will also include state-of-the-art recording equipment for students and faculty.
Originally from England, she moved as a teenager with her family to Canton, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Akron with degrees in philosophy and French. There, she met her husband, Yatish, who was also a student at Akron.
The moved to South Bend in 1979, Louise and Yatish together raised three children, Georgina, Tenzing and Avatar, and started and operated their business, GTA Containers, Inc.
Her interests were varied and included fine art, languages, literature, philosophy and music. She enjoyed spending time with music students and supporting local performing groups like the pianists from the Toradze Studio at IU South Bend, the South Bend Chamber Singers and the Fischoff Chamber Music Association. She organized numerous fundraising events for Fischoff, and housed performers during the annual competitions.
Joan Mansfield, Yatish Joshi, Avatar Joshi and Chancellor Terry L. Allison