Alumni Association to Present Awards Today

Alumni Association to Present Awards Today

Retired National Catholic Reporter publisher William L. McSweeney Jr., '53, will receive Boston College's highest alumni honor, the William V. McKenney Award, in a ceremony today at 5:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater.

The McKenney Award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to a graduate in recognition of lifetime achievement. McSweeney was chosen on the basis of "his lifelong passion for seeking justice through faith" and his "devotion as volunteer, friend and benefactor of his Alma Mater" according to the association.

Gretchen Heeg Dobson, '91, a member of the Lynch Graduate School of Education Class of 1995, will receive the Association's Young Alumni Award. She is the director of residence life at Wheelock College as well as a volunteer with the Massachusetts Special Olympics and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Dobson also serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and with the American Association of University Women.

Seven alumni will receive Alumni Awards of Excellence for their achievements in various professional fields.

This group of honorees includes: David R. Plante, '61, a writer and faculty member at Columbia University (Arts and Humanities); Thomas J. Martin, '61, founder and president of Cramer Productions Inc. (Commerce); Francis J. Smith, '59, GA&S '62, a master teacher and mentor at Wayland High School (Education); Cheryl D. Kane, GA&S '82, GSON '97, a nurse at Boston Health Care for the Homeless (Health Profession); and Law School Administrative Assistant Frederick M. Enman, SJ, JD '78, GA&S '87, an attorney, legal educator and crusader for affordable housing (Law).

Also honored will be: Thomas J. Aglio, '53, GSSW '55, secretary for social development and executive director of Catholic Social Services for the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla. (Public Service); Rev. August L. Thompson, GA&S '76, a community activist in the Diocese of Alexandria, La. (Religion); and Dennis P. Curran, '75, a pioneering research chemist and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh (Science).

-Reid Oslin

 

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