Nov. 2, 2004
CUA to Honor Former United States Drug Czar
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. drug war czar and retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey will receive The Catholic University of America Alumni Association’s highest honor, the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, during “An Evening of Celebration,” a dinner honoring CUA’s donors and Alumni Achievement Award recipients. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Nov. 12, at the university’s Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
From 1996 to 2001, McCaffrey oversaw a $19.2 billion annual budget as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In that capacity, he was the principal architect of the $2 billion National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, implemented the $143.5 million Drug-Free Communities Program and served as U.S. representative to the World Anti-Doping Agency of the International Olympic Committee.
Prior to his appointment, McCaffrey spent 30 years in the military and saw combat in Vietnam and during the Gulf War, earning three Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars. In 1996 he retired from the Army as the youngest and most-decorated four-star general ever.
McCaffrey currently runs a consulting firm that provides national security advice to businesses and government agencies, including the current Iraqi government. He is also the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at West Point and a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News.
Former recipients of the Gibbons Medal include President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and death penalty foe and best-selling author Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. 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.
Catholic University also will honor the following three distinguished alumni who have been chosen to receive the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields:
Two other alumni will be honored
Frederick Favo, B.Arch.E. 1955, a university trustee, will receive the Edward J. Pryzbyla Award for the Support of Athletics, given annually to one person who has faithfully supported CUA athletics. Favo, a former CUA track star, has been a longstanding member of the Hardwood Club (which raises money for the men’s basketball program) and contributed generously toward the construction of the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center.
Sean Tuohey will receive the Young Alumni Award for his work with Playing for Peace, a nonprofit organization he started in 2000 to bring inter-racial and inter-faith fellowship to two of the world’s most divided countries: Northern Ireland and South Africa. American, Irish and South African coaches conduct basketball clinics and tournaments in the two nations. Approximately 15,000 kids participate each year.
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