Alumni Awards

After graduation, SLU alumni 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 12 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.

Alumni are welcome to nominate their fellow SLU graduates for the awards. The National Alumni Board, Development Division, leadership and faculty from 12 schools and colleges across the University select the winners. Recipients are honored at an annual award ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

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Alumni Merit Award Recipients

2018

Darryl Jones, St. Louis, Missouri
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1977

Patrick Dreiling, Kansas City, Missouri
Center for Advanced Dental Education, Class of 1970

Keith Willis, Sr., St. Louis, Missouri
School for Professional Studies, Class of 2002

Jason Sengheiser, St. Louis, Missouri
School of Law, Class of 2003

Miguel Paniagua, St. Louis, Missouri
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Class of 1992

Fr. Robert Flannery, Carbondale, Illinois
School of Education, Class of 1979

Jose Lopez, Centennial, Colorado
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Class of 1969

Sheila Haas, Wautoma, Wisconsin
School of Nursing, Class of 1968

Valerie Davisson, Boston, Massachusetts
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Class of 1987

Vasilikitsa Antonopoulos, Chicago, Illinois
Doisy College of Health Sciences, Class of 2002

Bruce Wolfe, Portland, Oregon
School of Medicine, Class of 1967

Rudolph Roeslein, St. Louis, Missouri
Institute of Technology, Class of 1971

2017

alumni merit 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
Richard A. Chaifetz 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
Richard A. Chaifetz 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

 

Pioneer Award

As the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River, Saint Louis University was founded and operated to educate pioneers who helped shape the history of our region and nation. In honor of that pioneering spirit that forged the foundation of SLU, the Pioneer Award is an annual recognition of a graduate who is hardworking, innovative, driven and committed to Jesuit ideals and whose actions, accomplishments and pioneering spirit have helped pave the way for others. The recipient of this award is honored at an annual award ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Pioneer Award Recipients ​

2018
Dr. Lubna H. Somjee, Poughkeepsie, New York
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1993

Principal of Lubna Somjee, Ph.D., since 2005, Dr. Somjee is a psychologist and executive coach passionate about change, growth and the power of collective strength. As an executive coach, she works to maximize professional or leadership growth for those at varying stages of their career or business. She also works with organizations by helping to create robust, vibrant teams and organizations. Dr. Somjee is a licensed psychologist and provides psychotherapy. Additionally, she has a subspecialty in health psychology working with people managing chronic medical issues.

Dr. Somjee speaks to audiences regarding the workplace, leadership, psychology and integrative health. She has been featured in various media outlets, including NPR, FastCompany and the Poughkeepsie Journal, where she had a column for 13 years. She volunteers with various organizations to promote leadership and workplace development, diversity and inclusion, integrative health, and healthcare legislation and reform. She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota, and two postdoctoral fellowships from Yale School of Medicine.
2017

Dr. AndersonDr. Stanley L. Anderson, Kansas City, Missouri
Collegeof Arts and Sciences, Class of 1991
College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Class of 1996
School of Medicine, Class of 2001

One of the Kansas City region’s only African-American male OB-GYN physicians, Dr. Anderson was one of his area’s first da Vinci robotic surgeons. In 2014, he simultaneously chaired the OB-GYN department at HCA Research Medical Center and served patients in two other offices. Dr. Anderson also was a preceptor instructor of future doctors for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. In an effort to encourage other low-income students majoring in a health science field to attend college, Dr. Anderson began the Drs. Stanley and Tiffany Anderson Scholarship Fund located at the Topeka Community Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. He passed away in August 2017 after battling cancer.

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)

 

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. 

To nominate an individual for the award, send the award application and corresponding materials to LaVerne Robinson at robinslp@slu.edu. Nominees need not be a SLU graduate, however, the award is not given posthumously.

Distinguished Black Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Mildred R. Anderson (A&S ’69)
Dr. Edwin Bailey (E&PS ’88)
Judy Bentley (BSN ’75)
Freeman Bosley, Jr. (A&S ’76, LAW ’79)
Major William Brown (LAW ’98)
Dr. Frederick Cason (Med ’78)
Dr. John Doggett (E&PS ’69 & ’71)*
The Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards (A&S ’78, LAW ’81)
Dr. Flint Flower (E&PS ’97)
Queen Dunlap Fowler (E&PS ’65 & ’74)
Johnny Furr, Jr. (A&S ’78)
Darryl T. Jones (A&S ’77)
Jessie J. Knight, Jr. (A&S ’72)
Angela Lewis (A&S ’04, Ed ’06)
Michael McMillan (A&S ’96)
Joseph Palm (A&S ’95, Grad PH ’01)
Donnell Reid (Cook ’64, Grad Cook ’74)
Father Paul Reinert (A&S ’33, Grad ’34)*
Angela Roffle (SW ’99)
Dr. Karla Scott (A&S ‘81)
Pauline V. Smith (Cook ’77)*
Carol Weir (Grad SW ’72)
John Wright (E&PS ’62, ’68, & ’78)
Dr. Katie Harper Wright (Ed ’79)

*deceased

 

Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame

Fleur di Lis logoInclusion 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. Inductees are selected by a committee comprising the dean, alumni and staff.

2017 Inductees

Fleur di Lis 2017 honorees

The Honorable Terry I. Adelman* ('70)
Honorable Susan E. Block ('75)
Kevin C. Curran ('78)
Jesse A. Goldner, John D. Valentine Professor of Law Emeritus
Roger L. Goldman, Callis Family Professor of Law Emeritus
Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards ('81)
Anita C. Esslinger ('78)
Bernard A. Reinert ('62)
Honorable Karen E. Schreier ('81)
Mary Anne Sedey ('75)
Reuben A. Shelton ('81)
Honorable Lisa S. Van Amburg ('75)

*deceased

 Order of the Fleur de Lis Members

2016

The Honorable Henry Autrey ('77)
Clyde S. Cahill ('51)
The Honorable Michael B. Calvin ('75)
Dennis C. Donnelly ('66)
Susan A. "Tonie" FitzGibbon ('84)
David J. Hensler ('67)
F. William Human, Jr. ('50)
The Honorable Mary Kathryn Hoff ('78)
Joseph L. Leritz ('52)
Henry F. Luepke ('60)
Marian V. "Bo" Mehan ('82)
Robert F. Scoular ('64)
The Honorable Joseph J. Simeone (Professor Emeritus)
John G. Simon ('86)
Arlene Zarembka ('74)

2015

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 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)