WASHINGTON, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At this year's John Carroll Weekend, the Georgetown University Alumni Association (GUAA) will present the John Carroll and Patrick Healy Awards, the highest honors bestowed to Georgetown alumni. Selected by GUAA's Board of Governors, award recipients are recognized for their service to Georgetown and their communities, their lifetime achievements and their dedication to advancing Georgetown's mission of distinguished service and leadership. Additionally, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia will present former United States Senator George J. Mitchell, Jr. (D-ME), with a special Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award for his exemplary public service in support of society and humanitarian causes.
"This year's distinguished John Carroll and Patrick Healy Award winners exemplify our ideals and passion for Georgetown, and their tireless service has strengthened our community," said Bill Reynolds, executive director, Georgetown University Alumni Association. "We are also deeply honored to recognize Georgetown alumnus, Senator Mitchell, one of the most influential politicians over the past few decades, who played a pivotal role in facilitating international peace agreements."
A 1961 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Senator Mitchell is a true American success story. He rose from working-class origins in Waterville, Maine, to serve the nation as senator, chair of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, special envoy for the Middle East and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom as one of the most respected peace negotiators in the world. Senator Mitchell stated: "I feel a great obligation to be helpful to a society from which I've received so much."
In addition to Senator Mitchell, honorees include:
- Anthony Arend of Washington, D.C., Maureen Rutter Brown of Jackson, Wyo., Mary Beth Connell of Bethesda, Md., Albert del Castillo, Sr., of Miami Lakes, Fla., Gail Gillis-Louis of Washington, D.C., and John Reagan of Dallas, Texas, will receive the John Carroll Award, conferred upon alumni whose achievements and record of service reflect the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and its founder, Archbishop John Carroll; and
- Dean Chester Gillis of Washington, D.C., will receive the Patrick Healy Award, named for the 29th president of the university and conferred upon an individual who is not an alumnus but whose community service and professional accomplishments represent those of Georgetown.
- Previous John Carroll and Patrick Healy Awardees have included Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista, and His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal.
Honorees will receive their award during the John Carroll Weekend from April 20-23, in Austin, Texas. A trademark celebration, this annual event has brought together the Hoya community since 1952. John Carroll Weekend Austin will be filled with social, cultural, and intellectual programming, and will culminate with the signature John Carroll awards banquet. Additional details about award criteria and recipients, as well as images and video, are available on GUAA's recently launched Facebook page or at http://alumni.georgetown.edu/.
About Georgetown University Alumni Association
Founded in 1881, the Georgetown University Alumni Association (GUAA) has grown to include more than 185,000 alumni from all 50 states and more than 160 countries. Its mission is to generate goodwill and support for the university and to foster a lifelong connection among alumni, the alma mater and the global Georgetown community. GUAA contributions are evident across campuses and schools. Alumni Association programs facilitate networking with fellow alumni and help establish social, service, and career opportunities around the world. For more information and to connect with GUAA, visit our website and find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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