Violet S. Doan

1999 Harry Hayman Award Recipient


"For continuous and long term leadership and innovation in financial and administrative management, and consistent excellence in support of the society's goals"


Violet S. Doan was born in Toronto, Canada, where she lived until her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in her early teenage years.  After graduating from high school in 1970, she attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and earned a bachelor's in business administration in 1974 and a teaching credential in 1975.  She student-taught undergraduate accounting at Clemson University before returning to Cleveland to work for Ernst & Young, then Hahn, Loeser, a large corporate law firm.  Following the trend in Cleveland among young people who returned "home" after college, Vi decided to explore life outside of Cleveland and left to pursue graduate studies in Los Angeles.  In the nearly 10 years that she lived in Los Angeles, Vi worked for the international Seeley-Colliers Company, a commercial and industrial real state brokerage and asset management firm founded in 1906.  She served as administrative manager for 5 years for Seeley's 7-office regional designation.  Vi worked on two large multi-year team projects: site selection study and eventual relocation of the then Lockheed Corporation headquarters out of California and on new headquarters space for Mattel Corporation.

April 1999 will mark Vi's 12 year anniversary with the IEEE Computer Society.  During the decade of service she has worked in virtually every program area in the organization.  Starting as assistant to the executive director in 1987, she was promoted to director of board and administrative services in 1989 and to director of finance and administration, chief financial officer, in 1993.  Today Vi is the Director of Membership and oversees all membership and circulation marketing, customer services and has management responsibility for the Asia/Pacific office.

Vi received Certificates of Appreciation in 1987 and in 1989 for consistent high quality administrative support to Computer Society presidents and for excellence in staff support of the society's Board of Governors and officers, respectively.  Harry Hayman, former executive secretary of the Computer Society and namesake of this prestigious award, was long retired from the Computer Society when Vi arrived, but she had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to Dr. and Mrs. Hayman in their many visits between Boca Raton and Washington.

Vi Doan lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband John who is a vice president-regional director for MassMutual's Real State Investment Division.