2000 – Honolulu, Hawaii & Longboat Key, Florida
So significant are Carolyn Berry’s accomplishments that good friend Jim Nabors always laughs and says, “Sure you are!”, when she describes herself as “a simple little girl from West Virginia”. Carolyn maintains, however, that is exactly how she feels. Together with her husband, George, Carolyn built a life based on the principle of “giving back”. Grateful for scholarships received in the past, they founded a large scholarship program at West Virginia University. They established a Chair of Engineering and the Pete Wood Fellowship, and are about to name the second Chair of Engineering. At the University of Hawaii, Carolyn has established a scholarship program for the men’s basketball team, named for her father and husband. Most recently, she sponsored the Miss Hawaii Scholarship to the University of Hawaii, for Miss America winner, Angela Baraquio. After George’s death, Carolyn became the only female member of the board of Corcom, President and CEO of Process Electronics Corporation, and the surviving partner of other enterprises such as Omicrom Capital Corporation. Carolyn is on the board of the Honolulu Symphony and serves as corporate secretary. She holds offices on its Board of Governors, Finance and Executive Boards, as well as Secretary of the Symphony’s Foundation. George and Carolyn have been honored to have Conductor Samuel Wong’s Chair named “The Dr. and Mrs. George B. Berry Chair”. Additionally, she is on the board of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. “I feel that I have been in training for this job all my life,” Mrs. Berry says, as she has been president or an officer of all sorts of women’s organizations over the years. Designing homes, painting, reading and travel are her other loves. She has four children and nine grandchildren. She hopes to be an inspiration to young women raising their children who still want to be an individual and contribute to society.