Alumni Awards

After graduation, SLU grads head out into the world to make a difference — in their fields, in their communities and in the lives of others. The University is pleased to honor their achievements with a variety of awards.

Alumni Merit Awards

An Alumni Merit Award is bestowed upon a distinguished graduate from 11 of SLU’s schools, colleges and centers in recognition of his or her outstanding achievement, dedication to a chosen profession and commitment to the mission of the University.

The following schools are eligible for the Alumni Merit Awards:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Cook School of Business
  • School of Education
  • Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
  • Doisy College of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School for Professional Studies
  • College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Institute of Technology
  • Center for Advanced Dental Education
  • School of Medicine

Alumni are welcome to nominate their fellow SLU graduates for the awards. The National Alumni Board, Development Division, leadership and faculty from 10 schools and colleges across the University select the winners. Recipients are honored at an annual award ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Alumni Merit Award Recipients

2017

Thomas Downey, Chicago, Illinois
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1986

William Sly, St. Louis, Missouri
School of Medicine, Class of 1957

Thomas Hillmeyer, Chesterfield, Missouri
John Cook School of Business, Class of 1964

Margaret Vandeven, Jefferson City, Missouri
School of Education, Class of 2014 

Linda Heitman, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
School of Nursing, Class of 1987 and 2001

Michael Riley, Belleville, Illinois
Doisy College of Health Sciences, Class of 1975

J. Breezer Rickey, Chicago, Illinois
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Class of 1992

Patrick Lee, Key Largo, Florida
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Class of 1959

J. Barry McCormick, Tucson, Arizona
Institute of Technology, Class of 1962 and 1967

Frank Friedlein Jr., St. Charles, Missouri
School for Professional Studies, Class of 1976

2016

John P. Coyne
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1959

Aron E. Dellinger
Center for Advanced Dental Education, Class of 1999

Mark R. Bell, ’67
John Cook School of Business, Class of 1967

Lara A. Lennaman
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, Class of 2003

Anne G. Perry
 School of Nursing, Class of 1976

Joseph F. Steurer, ’59
Institute of Technology, Class of 1959

Susan A. Klepper
Doisy College of Health Sciences, Class of 1966

Larry C. Chang
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Class of 1989

William J. Dowling
School for Professional Studies, Class of 1983

Mary A. Bruemmer
School of Education, Class of 1960

Peter J. Dempsey
School of Medicine, Class of 1966

BAA Distinguished Service Award

The Black Alumni Association’s annual award honors those who make outstanding contributions to the African-American community through religious, cultural, civic, professional and/or educational efforts and accomplishments. Nominees need not be a SLU graduate, however, the award is not given posthumously.

To nominate an individual for the award, send the award application and corresponding materials to LaVerne Robinson at robinslp@slu.edu.

Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame

Inclusion in the School of Law’s Order of the Fleur de Lis is granted to alumni who bring honor to the school through their professional success, significant contributions to the community and demonstrated Jesuit spirit.

Honorees are inducted into the hall of fame in an annual ceremony.

Alumni are welcome to nominate fellow graduates for induction to the order, however, nominations for the 2016 awards have closed. Inductees are selected by a committee comprising the dean, alumni and staff.

2015 Order of the Fleur de Lis Inductees

  • John (Jack) M. Bray (’62)
  • Honorable Kathianne Knaup Crane (’71)
  • Irvin (’54) and Maggie Dagen*
  • Doreen D. Dodson (’74)
  • John E. (Jack) Dunsford* (’56)
  • Vincent C. Immel*
  • Sandra H. Johnson
  • Honorable Theodore McMillian* (’49)
  • Michael D. O'Keefe (’61)
  • Peter W. Salsich Jr. (’65)
  • Eileen H. Searls
  • John C. Shepherd* (’51)
  • Honorable Paul J. Simon (’60)
  • Jon A. Theobald (’70)

*deceased

School of Medicine Pioneer Award

Established in 2002, the Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Pioneer Award periodically recognizes graduates who have made outstanding contributions to or a significant impact on their profession or community, setting a path for others to follow.

Past Pioneer Award recipients

  • 2011: Patricia L. Monteleone, M.D. (’61)
  • 2007: Harry Revels III, M.D. (’56)
  • 2002: Mary Nawrocki McGinnis, M.D. (’52) 

School of Medicine Alumni Association Community Service Award

Established in 2011, this award recognizes and honors service demonstrated by School of Medicine graduates.

Past recipients

  • 2015: Herman J. Echsner, M.D. (’52)
  • 2013: Howard M. Place, M.D. (’83)
  • 2011: William M. Fogarty, Jr., M.D. (’60)

School of Medicine Early Achievement Award

Established in 2015, this award is presented to an alumna/alumnus who graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine within the last 20 years and who has demonstrated excellence in medical practice or research, service to the community and/or commitment to Saint Louis University.

Past recipients

  • 2015: Edward C. Chen, M.D. (’05)