Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Barry, Deal Booth Elected Rice Trustees

Rice University alumnae Subha Viswanathan Barry and Suzanne Deal Booth have been elected to the Rice Board of Trustees.

“Subha’s experience with integrating diversity into one of the world’s leading financial companies, and Suzanne’s commitment to protecting visual and cultural heritage around the world will give our board special insight into issues that have become increasingly important as Rice extends its international reach and interaction,” board Chairman Jim Crownover ’65 said. “They are wonderful additions to our board.”

President David Leebron said Barry and Deal Booth have already benefited Rice in many ways. “Subha’s international expertise and network were a huge help when Sallie Keller-McNulty and I made our visit to India in 2007 to meet with educational, business and government leaders,” he said. “Suzanne’s active involvement with the Rice Art Committee has helped expose our students to all aspects of art, and she has also helped Rice build collaborations with Houston’s art community and museums through the Suzanne Deal Booth Collaborative Arts Fund. See Sky Space story.

“Both bring expertise and experience that will contribute richly to the objectives we’ve set in our Vision for the Second Century, extending our international reach and Houston outreach among them.”

BarryBarry earned a master of business and public management degree and a master of accounting degree from Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in 1985 before joining Merrill Lynch in 1989. There, she has served as a financial adviser and branch manager in the private client group and created the firm’s Multicultural and Diversified Business Development group, which helped establish Merrill Lynch as the pre-eminent wealth-management firm among diverse and multicultural markets. She then served as head of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., with responsibility for managing and integrating existing and new diversity efforts across the corporation worldwide. In 2005, she was appointed to her current role as managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Barry serves on the board and the Corporate Circle advisory committee of the National Council for Research on Women. She is a Corporate Council member of the White House Project and a Hidden Brain Drain Task Force member. She also serves on the advisory board for Voice, Hyperion’s imprint for women.

Barry’s awards include the Women’s Fund of New Jersey Award for Outstanding Achievement in Banking and Finance, and she has been inducted into the YWCA of the city of New York’s Academy of Woman Achievers. The National Organization for Women honored her as one of its 2008 Women of Power and Influence. A three-time cancer survivor, Barry supports and coaches newly diagnosed patients with coping strategies and work/life balance.

Barry serves on the Jones School’s Council of Overseers and has been extensively involved with Rice by attending alumni events in the New York area and Jones School events on campus. She and her husband, Jim ’84, are Rice Associates and established the James and Subha Barry Fellowship in Business to provide financial assistance to students at the Jones School. One of their children — Tara — is an undergraduate in Rice’s class of 2010.

Native Texan Deal Booth graduated cum laude from Rice in 1977 with a B.A. in art history. Through the work-study program at Rice and her later studies at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she received an M.A. degree in art history and a certificate in art conservation, Deal Booth benefited from the direct guidance of legendary Houston art collector and philanthropist Dominique de Menil.

Deal BoothInspired by de Menil, Deal Booth has made a career of preserving art and history. She has worked at such notable institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Menil Collection and, with a grant from the Smithsonian Institution, at the Museum of New Mexico. Her postgraduate fellowship, funded by the Kress Foundation, took her to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she restored important 20th-century paintings. She then moved to Los Angeles to work at the Getty Conservation Institute and, later, as a consultant at the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Deal Booth and her husband, David, created the Booth Heritage Foundation, which provides many cultural activities and community services, and founded the Friends of Heritage Preservation, a nonprofit organization that responds to critical preservation needs in the United States and abroad. They also established the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship for Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome. Deal Booth recently started a publishing company, Orsini Press, which published “Venus Rising” by her father, Harry William Deal.

She serves on boards for the Centre Pompidou Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Geffen Playhouse, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and the art committee for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

At Rice, in addition to co-chairing the Rice Art Committee, she serves on the Humanities Advisory Board and the Art History Advisory Committee. She has supported lecture series and museum collaborations and commissioned art pieces, such as the James Turrell public art installation that will be located by the Shepherd School of Music. She is a member of Rice Associates and the William Marsh Rice Society.