An American cardinal, the mayor of Baltimore, NASA’s second in command, one of the nation’s leading choral conductors and a religion analyst for a major TV network are among 11 Catholic University alumni and a former professor to be recognized with achievement awards at a banquet later this month.
Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J.
Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., will receive The Catholic University of America Alumni Association’s highest honor, the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, during festivities beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Catholic University also will honor 10 distinguished alumni who have been chosen to receive the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in fields representing the university’s strengths. (See below for complete list.)
CUA men’s basketball coach Michael T. Lonergan, of Bowie, Md., will receive the Young Alumni Merit Award for guiding the team to victory at the 2001 NCAA Division III tournament finals, the university’s first national championship in a team sport.
Cardinal Dulles is a world-renowned Catholic theologian who taught at Catholic University from 1974 to 1988. He currently is a professor at Fordham University in New York.
Former recipients of the Gibbons Medal include President John F. Kennedy, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and actress Helen Hayes. Created in 1947, the medal is given to individuals who may or may not be alumni, but have served the United States, the Catholic Church or Catholic University with great distinction.
To follow is a list of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients:
· Brig. Gen. William T. Bester, of Springfield, Va., chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, for
his work in nursing.
· The Rev. Walter J. Burghardt, of Washington, D.C., senior research fellow at the
Woodstock Theological Center, for his work in pastoral service.
· Dr. Anthony P. DeSpirito, of Ocean Township, N.J., director of the Child Evaluation
Center at Jersey Shore Medical Center, for his work in medical arts.
· Monsignor Thomas J. McSweeney, of Great Falls, Va., religion analyst for NBC and
MSNBC, for his work in public information.
· Daniel R. Mulville, of Vienna, Va., associate deputy administrator of NASA, for his work
in architecture, engineering and invention.
· Mayor Martin O’Malley, of Baltimore, Md., for his work in government and politics.
· Robert Shafer, of Clifton, Va., music director for the Washington Chorus, for his work in
creative and performing arts.
· Judge Charles A. Shaw, of St. Louis, Mo., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Missouri, for his work in law and the courts.
· Jessie Tellis-Nayak, of India, founder of the Women’s Institute for New Awakening
based in Bangalore, India, for her work in social service.
· Monsignor John F. Wippel, of Silver Spring, Md., one of the world’s leading scholars in the
philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, for his work in research and scholarship.
The awards banquet is one of the highlights of the Oct. 26 to 28 Homecoming Weekend at Catholic University. In addition to the banquet, weekend events include a Hall of Fame induction ceremony for former CUA athletes and a reunion for the classes of 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996.
A homecoming Mass is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Alumni Awards reception will begin at the hotel at 7 p.m., followed by the banquet and awards presentation at 8 p.m.
Revised: March 27, 2001
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