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May 21, 2001

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Catholic University Honors Trustee with Its First Shahan Medal

The Catholic University of America conferred its first Bishop Thomas J. Shahan Award for Service on T. Murray Toomey, Esq. The medallion was presented at commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Mr. Toomey is a prominent member of the Washington, D.C., legal community.  A native of the Washington area, his law offices are in Bethesda, Md., and he resides in Chevy Chase, Md.  He has served as a member of the boards of directors of numerous organizations, banks and other institutions. 

Mr. Toomey, a member of CUA's Board of Trustees, is a 1949 graduate of Catholic University’s law school and attended CUA and Duke University as an undergraduate.  “He has been one of Catholic University’s most loyal sons and ardent promoters,” read the citation accompanying his medal.  “His generosity and wise counsel have helped shape the university's direction in recent years.” Catholic University “acknowledges the service of this loyal alumnus and friend by bestowing upon him the inaugural Bishop Thomas J. Shahan Award for Service,” it said. 

The medal is named in honor of CUA’s fourth rector, Bishop Shahan, who was acquainted with Mr. Toomey’s father, also a Catholic University alumnus. The prelate was a frequent guest in Mr. Toomey’s parental home. Mr. Toomey was both named after the bishop and was baptized by him.

The award was created by the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president, in fall 2000 to pay tribute to an individual who has furthered the aims and goals of The Catholic University of America through outstanding service to the university, the Church or the nation.





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