Lindy Boggs Received Catholic University Honor
Corinne "Lindy" Clairborne Boggs, Father David O'Connell, C.M., and John Looney
The Catholic University of America Alumni Association presented its Cardinal Gibbons Medal to Corinne "Lindy" Claiborne Boggs, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and former member of Congress from Louisiana during Homecoming Weekend festivities.
Created in 1947, the medal is named in honor of Cardinal James Gibbons, the university's first chancellor, and archbishop of Baltimore and is the highest award presented by the association. The medal is given to individuals, not necessarily alumni, for service to the nation, the Catholic Church or to Catholic University, located in Washington, D.C. The honor was conferred during the university's Alumni Achievement Awards Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington.
Boggs was elected to Congress following the death of her husband, Rep. Hale Boggs, in an airplane accident in 1972. The first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana, she served nine terms - from 1973 to 1990 - as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She spearheaded legislation on issues ranging from civil rights to credit access and government pay equity for women.
The Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology at Tulane University, opened in 1988, was named in her honor. In 1996 the Conference of Southern Women in Public Service created the Lindy Boggs Award "to honor the woman from the south who has demonstrated the ideals of patriotism, courage, integrity and leadership through public service that has characterized the life of Lindy Boggs."
Former recipients of the award include Sen. John F. Kennedy, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Nancy Reagan, Helen Hayes, Antonin Scalia, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and J. Edgar Hoover.
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