Alumni Honored

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

The Alumni Association presented its highest honor, the William V. McKenney Award, to Joseph B. Dowd, MD, '49, at the annual Alumni Awards of Excellence ceremony on May 9 in Robsham Theater.

The association also presented the Young Alumni Achievement Award and its Awards of Excellence in several fields.

Dowd, who has served as chairman of the Department of Urology at Lahey Clinic and as president of the Alumni Association, received the McKenney Award in recognition of his distinguished medical career and his efforts as an alumni volunteer and fund raiser.

The McKenney Award citation salutes Dowd as a "Catholic gentleman" who has espoused "many noble causes within the Church, especially the rights of the unborn." The citation also notes Dowd's efforts to bring medical assistance to the poor as a member of the Alumni Association's inaugural service mission to Jamaica, and his role as founder of the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Jean M. Graham, '90, president of the Young Alumni Club of Greater Boston in 1993-94. She guided the club's involvement in community service initiatives such as Second Helping and Project Cleansweep.

Darryl Ford-Williams, '79, head of a minority recruiting firm for major market television stations, received the Alumni Award of Excellence in the Arts and Humanities in recognition of her professional success.

The award for Excellence in Commerce was presented to Sheila A. Mahony, a 1963 Newton College of the Sacred Heart graduate. Mahony is the senior vice president of communications and public affairs for Cablevision Systems Corp., and is responsible for the company's press operations, legislative and regulatory affairs, and its contractual relationships with more than 700 local governments in 19 states.

Buffalo State College Distinguished Teaching Professor Marvin J. LaHood, '54, received the Education award. LaHood developed the school's Afro-American Studies Program, and has earned both the State University of New York chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the rank of distinguished teaching professor.

Robert C. Cefalo, MD, '55, assistant dean of graduate medical education at the University of North Carolina, received the award in the Health Profession category. Cefalo has studied and written about bioethical issues.

The Excellence in Religion award winner was Sr. Frances C. Butler, GA&S '71, principal of Boston's Mother Caroline Academy. At Sr. Butler's suggestion, BC alumni volunteers have helped organize weekend museum trips and other activities for the academy's pupils.

Carl J. O'Hara, MD, '74, chief of surgical pathology and hematopathology at Boston Medical Center's Mallory Institute, was presented with the award for Excellence in Science. O'Hara co-authored a landmark 1989 textbook on AIDS and HIV.

The Excellence in Law award recipient was Michael J. Connolly '81, an assistant US attorney in New Hampshire. Connolly prosecuted the Justice Department's largest commercial bribery case and was presented with the highest honor bestowed on a Justice Department prosecutor.

The award for Public Science was presented to James A. Hardeman, GSSW '73, a social worker at Polaroid Corp. He helped craft the company's innovative guidelines for recognizing signs of domestic abuse among its employees. Hardeman is a member of the Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence and is working with the White House to plan an upcoming summit in Boston on preventing family violence.

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