Alumnus of the Year
The distinguished Alumnus of the Year honoree is acknowledged at the annual Alumni Senior luncheon, a tradition that began in 1987.
This award is presented to an alumnus who sets and achieves exemplary standards for himself personally as well as his chosen fields. To be nominated for the award, an alumnus must meet the following criteria: His outstanding loyalty and support of U of D Jesuit serves as an example to all members of the U of D Jesuit Community. He has distinguished himself through outstanding achievement in his chosen field or profession. He uses his talents and skills for those in need, consistent with the theme "Men for Others." He serves as a positive role model for U of D Jesuit students through consistent application of high moral and ethical standards. Nominations for the award should be sent to the Alumni Office for consideration. Contact Jack Donnelly '99, Director of Alumni Relations, at 313-927-2304 for more information.
2019 Alumnus of the Year - Tom Capo '69
Tom Capo '69 was honored as Alumnus of the Year for 2019 at the 32nd Annual Alumni Senior Luncheon on April 17, 2019.
Tom Capo ’69 – Alumnus of the Year – Remarks at the Alumni Senior Luncheon on April 17, 2019
I am proud to be a member of the finest alumni in the world and I am honored to be here today. This room is filled with many alumni equally deserving of this honor. U of D Jesuit alumni are always passionate and generous in support of this great institution and its students.
So, I am accepting this award on behalf of all the alumni.
Quite frankly, I was surprised to be recognized for this award. As a student with a 2.8 GPA and a record number of Saturday Jugs, graduating from U of D Jesuit was a surprise! But you know the Jesuits… They never give up on anybody. And for that I will always be grateful.
U of D Jesuit certainly made a huge difference in my life. The Jesuit Experience prepared me to take on the challenges of life and be successful in many endeavors. Through interaction with the faculty and the other students, I learned to adapt to change, be open to ideas, think critically, and act confidently.
You too are fortunate to have had one of the finest educations in the world. The study, critical thinking, and communication skills you learned will give you a huge advantage in college. You will find, as I did, that you are more prepared for the rigors of university study than most incoming freshmen.
And the value of your education will take you well beyond the diploma.
The U of D Jesuit experience gave you the opportunity to discover a lot of things about yourself. Through your interaction with students from all ethnicities and backgrounds, you have been exposed to great diversity of thought and perspective.
Dedicated faculty and staff have instilled in you a sense of curiosity and a passion for learning.
Honed by spiritual teachings, example, involvement, and reflection, you have developed Confidence and Strong Character. You have learned Humility and Empathy. You know what it is to have a Sense of Duty. You know the importance of Inclusion and treating all people with Dignity. You know the value of Loyalty and Respect for others. Any you leave here with a Strong Moral Compass.
It will take you a lifetime to fully appreciate the value of these gifts.
And now you are prepared to go forward and take on life’s opportunities and challenges.
Opportunities for you will be many. Talent is scare. Take advantage. Jump in the deep end. You are better swimmers than you know. Don’t be a spectator. Make mistakes. I certainly made my fair share. We know how to fix them. And that’s how we continue to learn.
The Challenges you face are great. Income Inequality. Existential Stress. General Malaise. Fake news. What is true? Divisive politics. Just to name a few.
Nobody is better prepared than you to take on these opportunities and challenges. You have all the tools. We are counting on you to do a better job than we have done.
And above all… Respect others and treat all people fairly. Always cherish Family, Faith, and Friends. And, of course, never lose your Sense of Humor.
It is now my pleasure to welcome you, the Class of 2019, into the ranks of the finest Alumni in the world.
Listed alphabetically below are the individuals who have been recognized with the honor of
Alumnus of the Year.
|Mike Alioto '66||Monsignor Hickey '11||Michael Parks '61|
|Eric Ayers '80||Butch Hollowell '77||Ed Parks '57|
|Tim Babcock '60||Mario Iacobelli '56||Tom Payne '47|
|Arthur Barkey '41||David Jansen '73||Douglas Pearl '22|
|Charlie Batcheller '54||Frank Jerneycic '66||Jerome Petz '33|
|David Bayne '35||Jeff Jorissen '63||Val Pieronek '35|
|Bill Blackwell '73||Larry Joseph '66||Dick Pieronek '44|
|Ray BonAnno '58||Tom Kavanagh '34||Cass Pieronek '40|
|Walter Booker '80||Howard Keating '38||Mitch Pieronek '42|
|Otis Brawley '77||Terry Keating '56||Michael Porter '71|
|Michael Brennan '38||Dan Kelly '53||Bernie Powell '30|
|Lawrence Britt '29||Bill Kovacic '70||George Reno '40|
|Dave Buchanan '57||Dick Krajenke '40||John Rhea '83|
|Frank Canfield '54||Ed Kronk '64||Ron Rice '90|
|Tom Capo '69||John Kruse '44||Don Sarin '53|
|Malcolm Carron '35||John Langan '57||Paul Schafer '28|
|Mike Cavanagh '58||Elmore Leonard '43||Carl Schmidt '37|
|Con Chapman '51||Mike Leonatti '54||Richard Schroeter '33|
|Thomas Conlan '30||Raymond LeVeque '18||John Schwarz '39|
|Jim Conlan '33||Marshall Lochbiler '14||John Shepanek '54|
|Guy Consolmagno '70||Pat Longe '51||Ed Shumaker '31|
|William Cooney '31||Paul Louisell '67||Gene Simon '43|
|Tom Coyne '62||Art Loveley '31||Toby Small '59|
|Jack Curley '63||Hubert Maino '23||Clarke Smith '60|
|Jim Curran '62||Sal Malek '67||Steve Snider '65|
|Walter Czarnecki '61||Dan Malone '71||Joseph Starrs '26|
|Bob Delonis '70||John Malone '44||Celestin Steiner '16|
|John Desmond '63||Dave Marantette '26||Rudy Stonisch '48|
|Terry Desmond '59||Larry Marantette '67||Bob Storen '58|
|Moe DesRosiers '55||Bill McBrearty '19||Bill Swain '40|
|Dan Devine '52||Jack McCabe '38||Father Sweeney '30|
|Tim Dinan '83||Brian McCabe '44||Jerry Tannian '53|
|Jim Dingeman '34||Jim McDonald '57||Rick Tarnas '68|
|Dave Doherty '54||Pat McKeever '57||Mike Tenbusch '87|
|Larry DuMouchelle'52||Dick Measelle '56||Paul Teranes '54|
|Tom Eckert '66||Edward Miotke '16||Jim Thompson '55|
|Charles Fellrath '25||Jim Montie '64||Mike Timmis '57|
|Robert Finley '22||Frank Moran '36||Ron Torina '65|
|Alfred Fisher, Jr ‘38||George Morris '34||Andrew Valenti '44|
|Norman Fredericks '31||Chuck Muer '55||Dan Varner '87|
|Edmund Gallagher '33||Jerry Mularoni '47||Larry Wisne '66|
|John Gregg '74||Joseph Mulligan '61||Vern Witkowski '37|
|Francis Hally '31||James O'Hara '43||Robert Witt '43|
|Edward Harrigan '22||Tom O'Keefe '64||Mel Woodbeck '29|
|Arthur Hayes '22||Bill Oldani '30||Michael Workings '77|