2013 Alumni Awards of Excellence
Alumni Awards of Excellence have a long and respected history at Boston College. The Alumni Association is proud to recognize several alumni annually for their varied contributions to the University, to their profession, and to society.
This year's awards include:
Meg McGrory Kelleher '81, recipient of the John J. Griffin, Sr., '35 H'72, Alumni Association Award
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About this Award: Named after John J. Griffin, Sr., '35, H'72, who was one of the University's most dedicated contributors, this award recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in Alumni Association programming, which is a cornerstone of the University's advancement efforts. The award is presented to the outstanding volunteer whose meritorious service on behalf of Boston College contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition at the grassroots level of the alumni organization.
Robert D. LeBlanc '71, recipient of the John P. Curley '13 Award
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About this Award: The Curley Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletic Department. Named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley '13, the senior football manager for the 1912 Boston College Eagles and Graduate Manager of Athletics from 1929 to 1957 who is widely acknowledged as having brought Boston College Athletics into the modern era, this award fittingly recognizes his lifetime commitment to Boston College and the Athletic Department.
Patrick F. Cadigan '57, P'91, recipient of the William V. McKenney Award
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About this Award: The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, this award was created in 1936 in honor of its first recipient, William V. McKenney of the Class of 1915. The award recognizes a Boston College graduate whose outstanding service to a chosen profession, community, or cause reflects honor on the University.
Susan Martinelli Seha '76, P'04, recipient of the James F. Cleary '50, H'93, Masters
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About this Award: Jim Cleary '50, H'93, was founder of the Fides and President's Circle annual giving societies. He was co-chair of the University's first truly ambitious capital campaign, which began in 1988 and well exceeded its goal. Jim was also the creator of our highly successful Pops on the Heights program. His ideas and energy propelled Boston College's development program to a new level of achievement. Accordingly, this special award is presented to University Advancement volunteers who have distinguished themselves as masters by providing ideas, energy, and leadership that elevate fundraising initiatives at Boston College to new levels of excellence.
Kimberly A. O'Neil '97, recipient of the Philip J. Callan, Sr. '25 Young Alumni Award
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About this award: A benevolent donor and a remarkable volunteer who inspired countless alumni to become engaged in the life of this University, Philip J. Callan, Sr. '25 devoted himself not only to volunteer service, but also to the enlistment of others so that the base of Boston College volunteers could grow. In 1977, in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to this University, Phil Callan was posthumously awarded the William V. McKenney Award for bestowing honor and glory on his alma mater. The Callan young Alumni Award is presented to the graduate whose early volunteer career has established a reputation for exceptional leadership, dedication, and perseverance on behalf of Boston College Advancement and the tradition of Phil Callan, founder of the Annual Fund Telethon.
Georgette L. Asfoura '12, co-recipient of the James F. Stanton '42 Senior Class Gift Award
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Thomas E. Cornwell '12, co-recipient of the James F. Stanton '42 Senior Class Gift Award
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About this award: A dedicated volunteer, James F. Stanton '42, worked with the students of Boston College in the 1960s to establish the first Senior Class Gift program, with the goal of inspiring life long giving to Boston College. IN recognition of his efforts, Jim earned the William V. McKenney Award as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1963, and he received the Presidential Bicentennial Award “Râle Medal" in 1976. The Stanton Award is presented to a past member of the Senior Class Gift Committee in recognition of outstanding colunteer service and leadership. The award honors a graduate whose work on the committee exemplifies the many efforts of James F. Stanton '42 on behalf of Boston College.