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Award Recipients


Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented by Wheeling Jesuit University to graduates who exemplify the Jesuit ideals of extraordinary competence and personal compassion in their chosen field: ideals for which alumni of Wheeling Jesuit University have long been known. It is now presented each year during Alumni Weekend.

  Distinguished Alumni Field
1981 George R. Blake '67 Public Communications
  Mary Kate Wittig Davitt, MD '65 Medicine
  John B. Yasinsky, Ph.D. '61 Industry
 
1982 Charles Cuono, MD, Ph.D. '65 Medicine
  Elaine Runner Dungan, CPA '73 Public Accounting
 
1983 Stephen E. Haid, Ph.D. '63 Education
  Derrick Latos, MD '68 Medicine
  Judith Noonan O'Brien '65 Law
 
1984 William E. Cornforth '72 Education
  Dennis W. Keogh '61 (posthumously) Public Service
  Sr. Marguerite O'Brien, CSJ '66 Religious Life
  Louis A. Volpe '70 Education
 
1985 John S. Gasiorowski '64 Education
  Rev. Margaret B.C. Phillimore '74 Religious Life
  Edward J. Shahady, MD '61 Medicine
 
1986 Anthony T. Basil, Ph.D. '60 Education
  Kenneth S. Ramsey, Ph.D. '64 Health
  Michael A. Santer, Jr., MD '61 Medicine
 
1987 Victoria A. Casey, Ph.D. '76 Clinical Psychology
  Hon. James T. Smith, Jr. '64 Law, Public Service
 
1988 William P. Bresnahan, Esq. '64 Law
 
1989 Stephen E. Hannig '73 Business
  Sr. Joanne Gonter, VHM '59 Education, Religious Life
 
1990 Adam S. Monks, CPA '64 Public Accounting
 
1991 Andrea DiPiero Santer '62 Education, Religious Life
 
1992 Rev. Robert V. Arkle, Jr. '62 Education, Religious Life
  Rev. John DiBacco, Jr. '62 Education, Religious Life
 
1993 Rev. Joseph M. Doyle '60 Education, Religious Life
  John Egan McAteer '61 Public Service
 
1994 Kathleen M. Hawk, Ph.D. '72 Public Service
  Jane F. Exner '80 Medicine, Public Service
  Jack F. Noonan, Ph.D. '63 Education
 
1995 J. Davitt McAteer, Esq. '66 Public Service, Government
  Daniel L. Haller, Esq. '61 Public Service, Law
  Cynthia Carr Rank '65 Public Service
 
1996 M. Joan McDermott, Ph.D. '70 Criminal Justice
 
1997 Lawrence E. Bandi '86 Business, Public Service
 
1998 Christopher J. Searl '87 Education
 
1999 Don M. Benson, MD '61 Medicine, Public Service
  Rosemary Vincentin Benson '62 Artist
  Robert E. Barker '67 Government, Public Service
 
2000 C.T. O'Donnell II '74 Social Service
  Mary Gerkin McKinley '77 Nurse
 
2001 Phillip Rusciolelli '66 Public Service, Military
  Barbara Davies Rusciolelli '66 Public Service, Military
  Lawrence R. Meagher '65 Health Care
  Suzanne E. Polen '59 Social Justice
 
2002 John A. Glaser, Ph.D. '66 Scientific Research
  Donald R. Mercer, Ph.D. '60 Scientific Research
 
2003 L. Thomas Marchlen, Esq. '67 Leadership, Business
  Timothy W. Daly '67 Leadership, Business
  Sisters of St. Joseph  
 
2004 No award given  
 
2005 Peter E. Daley Esq. '66 (posthumously) Family Life
  Alexandra Stanish Daley '67 Family Life
  Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill '69 Education
 
2006 John "Rick" Berthold '59 Education
  Michael L. Monahan, Esq. '82 Law
 
2007 Mark F. Geary, Esq. '62 Law
  J'Ann Schoomaker Allen '67 Social Justice
  James D. Allen, Jr. '67 Social Justice
  George "Ged" Young, Jr. '72 Communications
 
2008 Brian E. McCagh '68 Health Care
 
2009 Mark Gresham '84 Publishing
  Sr. Karen A. Bland, OSB '94 Religious Life
 
2010 Michael V Murphy '70 (posthumously) Architecture
  Marybeth Murray Emmerth '85 Education
 
2011 Vera Barton-Caro '82 Nursing
 
2012 Kevin Kerrane '62 Education
  Patrick "PJ" Reindel '02 Social Service
 
2013 Charlie Lloyd, Ph.D. '63 Education
  Dr. John Maris '83 Medicine
  Erin McDonald '03 Social Service
 
2014 Robert Ritz '84 Medicine, Administrative
  Paul Abernathy '01 Social Services
 
2015 Timothy Williams '71 (posthumously) Law, Social Service
  Elizabeth (Beth) Bender '85 Education
 
2016 Micahel Zuscik, Ph.D. '87 Education
  Sr. Kathleen Durkin '71 Education, Religious Life


Clifford M. Lewis S.J. Award

The Rev. Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. Award is the highest honor presented by the Alumni Association. It honors extraordinary service, contribution and dedication to Wheeling Jesuit University in the spirit of Father Lewis, a true "person for others." It is presented each year during Alumni Weekend.

1971 Rev. Clifford M. Lewis, S.J.  
 
1972 Carmen J. Gonot '59 Martha Buckley Shields '64
 
1973 J. Davitt McAteer, Esq. '66 James E. Friday '61
  Jane Straub Friday '61 James D. Allen '67
  Judythe A. Schoonmaker Allen '67 Henry G. Jepson
 
1974 Rev. Edward Gannon, S.J.  
 
1975 John T. Wack, Ph.D. Bernard E. Glenn '59
  Alice McNulty  
 
1976 Thomas F. Carrigan '59  
 
1977 G. Martin Lively '62  
 
1978 Anthony T. Basil, Ph.D. '60 John S. Gasiorowski '64
 
1979 Rev. Stephen Laut, S.J., S.J. Rev. Joseph B. Hanzley
  Most Rev. Joseph H. Hodges  Jeanne Kammer Neff '64
  Edward W. Younkins, CPA, Ph.D. '70  
 
1980 Jeff O. McGeary, Esq. '64  
 
1981 Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J.  
 
1982 Rev. James A. O'Brien, S.J.  
 
1983 Sandra V. Gentile  
 
1984 John S. Bodkin '69  
 
1985 Vincent R. Gallagher '70  
 
1986 John B. Yasinsky, Ph.D. '61  
 
1987 Paul A. Orr, Ph.D.  
 
1988 Daniel L. Haller, Esq. '61  
 
1989 Forrest H. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.  
 
1990 Eileen R. Carpino  
 
1991 Thomas F. Carrigan '59 (posthumously)  
 
1992 Thomas G. Wack, Ph.D.  
 
1993 Sally Hunter Allen '60 Dr. Katherine L. McCready
  Rev. Joseph P. Sanders, S.J.  
 
1994 Carson W. Bryan '59 James L. Weaver '59
  Mary McGuire Moore '66  
 
1995 Sr. Joanne Gonter, V.H.M. '59 J. Timothy Philipps '62
 
1996 Orlando J. Sacco '66  
 
1997 Thomas M. Pie' '77 Timothy F. Cogan, Esq. '69
 
1998 Paul I. Currie '77 Philadelphia Alumni Chapter
 
1999 Louis A. Volpe '70  
 
2000 Rev. Thomas S. Acker, S.J. Donald Hofreiter, MD
  Philip C. Kirby  
 
2001 Carolyn G. Dalzell Rev. Walter Buckius, S.J.
  Rev. Joseph A. Burke, S.J.  
 
2002 Ellis F. Hall III Eulalia Front Virostek '79
  William J. Barker '62  
 
2003 Rev. Joseph Hayden S.J. Vicky L. DiPiero '65 (posthumously)
 
2004 Thomas A. Kelleher '63 Mary Ellen Rice
  Nancy Ellen Rice O'Leary '68 Judy Huang Martin '83
 
2005 Wheeling College Co-Founders Judith Houlihan Geary '63
 
2006 Margaret Roscoe Cooke '95  
 
2007 James Birge, PhD Alumni Volunteers in honor of Rev. Joseph Hacala, S.J.
 
2008 Gerald "Jay" DeFruscio '87 Terrence M. Lewis, Esq. '93
  James Regan Allen E. Wojcik '63
  Carol Adamiak Yarnall '63  
 
2009 James P. Welsh, Jr. '00  
 
2010 Maria Tasz Day '75 Tanya C. Smigocki '93
 
2011 Ed Shahady, M.D. '60  
 
2012 Jerry Schroer '86  
 
2013 Dr. Gregory Merrick  
 
2015 James T. Smith '64  
 
2016 Leo Flanagan '61  


James O'Brien, S.J. Alumni Award

The James O'Brien, S.J. Alumni Award (Formerly GOLD Award - Graduates of the Last Decade) recognizes recent (up to 15 years) alumni who manifest a growing competence in their chosen field, and whose personal life reflects WJU's mission of "educating men and women for life, leadership, and service to others." It is presented each year during Alumni Weekend.

2003 Donald M. Benson, Jr., M.D, Ph.D. '92 Lydia Wanless D'Anna '91
  Neil M. D'Anna '90  
 
2004 V. Scott Gallagher '92 Terrence M. Lewis, Esq. '93
 
2007 Christopher T. Kreger '96 Alison (Fry) Kreger, DPT '98, '01, '04
 
2008 Theresa Bowman Phipps '01 Joseph J. Saverimuttu '06
 
2009 Jason T. Culley, DDS '99 Ryan J. Aaron, Esq. '99
 
2010 Mary E. Bowman, Esq. '97  
 
2011 Ian Wilson '04 Toni (Moran) Wilson '04
 
2012 Cherese (Meadows) Lee '97  
 
2013 Tony Mazza '06  
 
2014 Paul Klenowski '98, '00 Kelly Caddy '02
 
2015 Christina Richey, Ph.D. '04  
 
2016 Rachel Smydo '00  


Alumni Magis Award

Alumni Council sometimes receives names for consideration that seem to fit into a very specific category. These are individuals who act in the Ignatian spirit of MAGIS, of doing more and giving more to others and of themselves. Thus, Alumni Council created the Alumni Magis Award, to be given, when warranted, in light of an individual's hidden, faithful service to the University and its people. It is presented during Alumni Weekend.

2003 Mary Lou Archer Bernie L. McDermott
  Robert E. Ramsey (posthumously)  
 
2007 Michael A. Scannapieco, Esq. '77 (posthumously)  
 
2008 Thomas A. Kelleher '63  
 
2010 Thomas Burgoyne Kathy Oliver Burgoyne '62
 
2011 Mimie O'Hara Helm '84 V. Scott Gallagher '92


Hall of Honor

In 2009, Wheeling Jesuit University's Alumni Council created the "Hall of Honor" to provide alumni with a voice to recognize former classmates, faculty, staff, etc., for their contributions to their profession, society and the greater WJU community. While WJU has several awards, only those celebrating a reunion determine the selection of "Hall of Honor" inductees! Recipients to be announced during Alumni Weekend.

2009 Sr. Joanne M. Gonter, VHM '59  
 
2010 Rev. Joseph M. Doyle, SSJ '60 John J. Bodson '65
  Louis A. Volpe '70 Rev. Joseph P. Sanders, S.J.
  Paul J. Mulholland '80 Cynthia Kirk Mueller, M.D. '85
  Neil M. D'Anna '90 Dennis J. Maceiko (posthumously)
  Keith J. Bell '00 Miranda L. Hanson '05
 
2011 John Yasinsky '61 J. Davitt McAteer '66
  Sr. Kathleen Durkin, CSJ '71 Victoria Casey '76
  Michael Fortunato, M.D. '81 Stephen Marshall '86
  Katherine Torpey '91 Christopher T. Kreger '96
  William Mitchell '01 (posthumously) Pete Harlan '06
 
2012 Dr. Paul Orr James DiPiero '67
  James Farnan '72 Marilou (Gross) Doughty '77
  Michael Monahan '82 Mark Zittle '87
  Rev. Walter Buckius, S.J. Mary Bowman '97
  G. Brady Butler '02 Sara Brown '07
 
2013 Linda McAlarney Cunningham '63 Brian McCagh '68
  Robert Hutchings '73 Jesse Corning '78
  Rev. Anthony Cincinnati '83 Joseph Laker, Ph.D.
  Roseanna Dakan Keller '93 Peter Ehni, Ph.D.
  Remy Munasifi '03 Adrienne Greene Tharp '08
 
2014 William Coleman '59 Capt. J. James Lauer '64
  Eugene Julian '64 John (Jack) Bodkin '69
  Peter Flynn '74 Bridget Link Lampert '79
  Mimie O'Hare Helm '84 Christopher Frech '89
  Deborah Trunnell Wilkinson '94 Tonya Hunt Handley '99
  Andrew Fenton '04 Daniel Swan '09
 
2015 John Mensore '60 Don Mercer '60
  Cynthia (Carr) Rank '65 Rev. Ronald Anton, S.J. '70
  Rev. Jim O'Brien, S.J. John Lewis II '80
  Marie (Carney) Clatterback '85 Kristin (York) Fijewski '90
  Dr. Joseph Donzella '95 Kevin Werner, Jr. '00
  Steven Ellis '05 Blake Williams '10
 
2016 Dennis Keogh '61 (posthumously) Thomas Regan '66 (posthumously)
  William Day '71 Fred Salancy '76
  Linda Correll '81 Anthony Eisel '86
  Carolyn Dalzell (posthumously) Timothy Fenton '96
  Leslie Kohlmyer '01 Rev. Thomas Gallagher '06
  Samantha McGlumphy '11  


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