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Ad Laudem Dei

The Ad Laudem Dei award recognizes alumnae/i of achievement and is presented to individuals whose business or professional lives are of national significance and illustrate that service is not only an activity, but also an approach to the responsibilities of the work.  

Awards are presented for extraordinary achievement in one of three areas:

  • Economics, Business, and Government
  • Medicine and Science
  • Arts, Humanities, Religion, and Education

The 2013 Ad Laudem Dei presentation ceremony was held on October 24, 2013.  This year, two alumnae were honored at the ceremony: 

  • Sylvia Christakos, Ph.D., Class of 1967
  • Kathleen Butler, Class of 1974

Previous Ad Laudem Dei recipients include:

  • Mary Frances Barrett, Class of 1970—for her contribution to managed care, respite care, and bariatrics.
  • Eileen Daly Chusid, Ph.D., Class of 1962—for her pioneering research on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
  • Virginia LiVolsi, M.D., Class of 1965—for her work in the field of pathology, particularly thyroid and cervical cancer.
  • Mary C. Segers, Ph.D., Class of 1961—for excellence in teaching and distinguished scholarship in political science.  
  • Gail Vance Civille, Class of 1965—for her invaluable leadership, as a scientist, business woman, educator and author, in the field of sensory evaluation.  
  • Judge Judith Hard, Class of 1979—for distinguished service to the citizens of the State of New York and achievement in the study and practice of law.
  • Mary Wat Trucksess, Ph.D., Class of 1961—for distinguished work in her field of science, namely mycotoxin analysis.
  • Thomas P. Doyle, Esq., Class of 1982—for his dedicated service to law enforcement and government agencies.
  • Zenobia V. Fox, Ph.D., Class of 1961—for her invaluable work in religious studies.
  • Elizabeth Jane Rock, Ph.D., Class of 1946 —for her dedication to science and education.  
  • Matthew Arduino, D.P.H., Class of 1979—for his distinguished scholarship and expertise in microbiology and epidemiology.  
  • Joan M. Squires, Class of 1973—for her dedicated work in the insurance industry and her selfless volunteerism.
  • Joan E. Donovan, Class of 1948—for her shrewd and ceaseless work in financial management.
  • Margaret A. Dames, Ed.D., Class of 1965—for her committment to educational excellence and the Catholic faith.
  • Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, M.D., Class of 1961—for her successful contributions in the field of Endocrinology.
  • Honorable Miriam Naveira de Rodon, Class of 1956—for her dedicated service in the discipline of Law.
  • Sophia Yan Liu, Ph.D., Class of 1969—for her successful career as a scientist, yielding multiple patents and contributing to the development of safer plastics
  • Nancy Harding, Ph.D., Class of 1969—for her distinguished career in biochemistry, including four patents that help to make everyday products safer and more sustainable.