Boston College to Honor Alumni Achievers

Boston College to Honor Alumni Achievers

Louis V. Sorgi '45, a volunteer in Alumni Association activities for nearly 60 years and director of BC's Institute for Learning in Retirement, has been named winner of the 2002 William V. McKenney Award as the University's outstanding alumnus.


Jesuit Institute Director Rev. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ '71, will be among the recipients of Alumni Achievement Awards next Friday.
Sorgi will receive the McKenney Award - the University's highest alumni honor - at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony in Robsham Theater on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

As head of the ILR since 1997, Sorgi helps oversee a program that offers non-credit academic courses in 18 subjects to more than 300 retired BC alumni and friends of the University.

"Lou Sorgi is the epitome of the Ignatian values that Boston College seeks to instill in its students," said Alumni Association Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan '82 of this year's McKenney Award recipient. "He is, in every sense of the phrase, 'a man for others.'"

In addition to a successful career in the pharmaceutical business, Sorgi has been involved with numerous alumni and development activities at Boston College, including serving as president and alumni correspondent for the Class of 1945 for more than 30 years. He was chairman of his class' Golden Jubilee reunion and achieved 100 percent participation in the anniversary gift, raising over $500,000 from the 120 living members of his graduating class.

Sorgi received the University Development Office's Philip J. Callan Award in 1996 for his contributions to the annual telethon campaigns. He is a decade chairman for the President's Circle gift society and is a founding member of the board of directors of the Boston College Club.

Lisa C. (Navratil) Navracruz '94, MD, chief resident in family medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, will receive the Young Alumni Award of Excellence at the Sept. 26 ceremony in recognition of her accomplishments in the medical and social services fields.

As an undergraduate student, Navracruz coordinated the Liturgy Arts/Music Ministry Group and was a tutor at Boston's Nativity Preparatory School. Following a year of teaching at Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, she entered Stanford Medical School where she spent three years directing the Arbor Free Clinic for homeless and low-income patients.

In addition to Sorgi and Navracruz, eight Boston College alumni will be honored for their excellence in various professions, including arts and humanities, commerce, education, health, law, public service, religion and science:

Rev. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ '71 (Arts and Humanities) - A noted music scholar, he is a founding member and current chairman of the Boston College Music Department. He also is director of the University's Jesuit Institute.
Joseph W. McCarthy '58 (Commerce) - McCarthy is the retired CEO of Accor Corp., the largest company-owned operator of economy lodging in the United States

Carolyn Hunter Denham MEd '67, PhD'71 (Education) - Denham is president of Pacific Oaks College and Children's School, an upper division and graduate institution emphasizing early childhood education.

Gerald B. Healy, MD '63 (Health)- Otolaryngologist-in-chief and former surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital in Boston, he also is a professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Robert J. Callahan '52 (Law) - Callahan recently retired as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Lt. Col. Gary A. Correia '79 (Public Service) - A decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot and flight instructor, he now works as a commercial airline pilot.

Patricia A. Winkler Browne NC '60 (Religion) - She is a volunteer and national board director for the Christ Child Society, an organization that helps meet the needs of newborn, needy and specially-challenged children.

Rev. Timothy E. Toohig, SJ '51 (Science)- Awarded posthumously to the long-time member of the Boston College Physics Department who died in 2001 while working for the US Department of Energy in California.

This year's ceremony will also include a special tribute to Msgr. Thomas Wells '66, who died in June of 2000.

-Reid Oslin

 

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