Alumni Wall of Fame Honorees
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2012

2012 Alumnus of the Year - Richard G. Hoefling '71
2012  Mr. Michael E. Snyder, '62
2012  Dr. Joseph C. Whitt, '69
2012  Dr. Thomas E. Nolan, '73


2010

2010  Mr. John F. Gettemans '34
2010  Mr. Eugune C. Santos, BA Prep and JC '49
2010  Jeanne-Margared McNally, RSM '56 SHC
2010  Mr. Maximo Alvarez '69
2010  Dr. Robert M. Gallagher '72

2009

2009  Antonio M. Palomo, SR. '50 BAC Prep School
2009  Robert W. (Bob) Kelly '70
2009  Rev. J. Houston Matthews III '74
2009  Mrs. F. Jo Singleton '77 SHC

2008

2008 Mr. Ralph Ray, Jr. ’39 Abbey Prep
2008 Mr. Howard A. “Humpy” Wheeler ’56 Abbey Prep
2008 Sr. Pauline M. Clifford, RSM  ’57 SHJC
2008 Mr. James J. Kelley II ‘69
2008 Dr. James M. Andriole ’80
2008 Dr. Josef F. Schmid ‘88

2007

2007 Bishop Joseph L. Federal ’27
2007 Dr. George E. Stuart ’52
2007 Brigadier General James M. Mead, USMC Ret. ’57
2007 Dr. Stephen B. Delaney ’60
2007 Dr. Sharon L. Folk ’68
2007 Mr. John L. Featherstone ’68

2006

2006 Dr. James Leland Quinn, III ’55
2006 Mr. James G. Babb ’59
2006 Mr. William J. Dockery ’65
2006 Mr. Joseph P. Lacher ’67
2006 Mr. Phillip N. Maisano ‘68
2006 Mr. Richard J. Salem, Esq. ’69
2006 Mr. Charles A. Pol ’78
2006 Dr. Johnnie M. Lowry ’81
2006 Mr. Walid Maalouf ’83 SHC

2005

2005 Abbot Walter Coggin, O.S.B. ’36
2005 Mrs. Bridget Estelle School Beck ’49 SHA
2005 Dr. Robert A. Preston ’53
2005 Sr. Mary Thomas Burke, RSM ’58
2005 Dr. James Patrick O’Leary ’63
2005 Mr. George F. Horner, III ’66
2005 Captain Louis E. Antosek ’68
2005 Dr. Kevin J. Soden ’68
2005 Kevin J. O’Connor ’69
2005 Mr. Robert W. Dineen ’71
2005 Mrs. Regina P. Moody ’73 SHC
2005 Mr. James L. Gates ’79
2005 Mr. Luis G. Lobo ’83
2005 Congressman Patrick T. McHenry ’99

 

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 Mr. Michael E. Snyder, '62

 

Mike Snyder is a Belmont Abbey College alumnus, receiving his BA in Business Administration in 1962.Mike is the 1998 Belmont Abbey College Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Snyder is the retired Vice President of Research and Development of the former E.J. Snyder & Company incorporated, a family owned textile knit goods dyeing and finishing company located in Albemarle, NC. At its peak E.J Snyder & Company employed over 400 people.  He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1968.  Mike’s philanthropic work is extensive. He established the Michael E Snyder Family Scholarship at Belmont Abbey College in 1983.  Snyder is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Belmont Abbey College, originally joining the Board in 1995.  He is a former board chair of Uwharrie Capital Corporation, a multi-Bank Holding Company and former Board Chair of The Bank of Stanly. The Snyder family helped establish the Stanly County Association of Retarded Citizens of which Mike is past President and was a board member for nearly 50 years. Mike remains active in the community life and affairs in Stanly County; he is a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church and is a Board member of the Stanly County Community Foundation and The Stanly Regional Hospital Foundation.

2012
 

Dr. Joseph C. Whitt, '69


Craig Whitt graduated in 1969 from Belmont Abbey College with a BS in Chemistry.  He earned a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.  He graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 1978 and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry and the International College of Dentists.  After 30 years of service in the United States Navy as both a Line Officer in nuclear submarines and as an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist in the Navy Dental Corps, he is currently the Rinehart professor and Chair, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine , School of Dentistry, university of Missouri Kansas City and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine.  He maintains an active practice in diagnostic surgical and clinical oral pathology, is the recipient of numerous professional and military awards, and is the author of numerous scientific peer-reviewed papers.    

2012

Dr. Thomas E. Nolan, '73


Thomas Nolan graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1973 from Belmont Abbey College with a BS in Premedical Chemistry.  He received his MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1977 and his MBA from the University of New Orleans in 1998.  Dr. Nolan is Professor and Department Head Emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the LSH Health Science Center-New Orleans.  He was Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer for the LSU Health Care Network.  Prior to LSU, he was an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia.  He served as the President of the Medical Staff, Hospital Center Director for Women's and Newborns Services at Charity Hospital from 1996-2005 and was the Hospital Center Director for Surgical Services from 2006-2011.  He was the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2002-2001, the President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons from 2008-2009 and the President of the Orleans Parish Medical Society from 2010-2011.  Dr. Nolan, originally from Norfolk, VA, completed his residencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Internal Medicine at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.  During his active duty career he received Navy Achievement and Commendation medals.  He retired from the Naval Reserves as a Captain in 1997.  He was the Editor-in Chief of 'The Female Patient' and contributed to over 150 publications and gave hundreds of lectures at the local, state and national levels.

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 Mr. John F. Gettemans '34


John F. Gettemans came to Belmont Abbey after arriving in the United States from his native Brussels, Belgium.  His primary language was French with little English fluency.  He graduated in 1934 with a degree in pre-medical studies, having actively participated in theatre, choir, football, baseball and other extra-curricular activities.  He attended Johns Hopkins and shaped a career as a research biochemist with the Rockefeller Research Institute, Princeton, NJ. He engaged in research at Woods Hole, Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory (for the Manhattan Project), Armour Research Foundation and Ethicon, Inc.  Notable in his career is his position as Dr. John Howard Northrop’s assistant during his work on protein enzyme research for which Northrop received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Gettemans developed many patents ranging from pre-filled sutures to modified ‘catgut’ for tennis rackets.  He chaired the American Society for Quality Control, earning the Joe Lisy Award for outstanding service.  In addition to serving on the Board of Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc., Gettemans received the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Phillip B. Hoffman award for outstanding achievement in research and development.  John Gettemans devoted his life and his skills to improving the lives of others; he accomplished much because he saw a need and wanted to help.

2010
 

Mr. Eugene C. Santos  BA Prep School & JC '49


Gene entered Belmont Abbey Preparatory School as a 14 year old boy, continuing in the Junior College and graduating in 1949. He credits his scholastic accomplishment to the guiding love and extraordinary efforts of the monks. After four years in the Navy, he enrolled in The Citadel Military College and graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  He worked as a field engineer for RCA Corporation, focusing on the Atlas Missile Program and later on the Inertial Guidance Missile System. His next position took him back to his beloved Charleston, SC as an electrical engineer in the Design Engineering division for the Charleston Naval Shipyard.  While working in this position, he also bought or invested in other companies.  Gene’s energy, exuberance and love for the Abbey resulted in many years of organizing and supporting alumni activities; in 1997, he was presented with the Brother Gregory Corcoran Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. The expression of gratefulness in Gene’s life is demonstrated by numerous charitable activities and one of special importance to him, his weekly vigil for Perpetual Adoration at Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston stemming, as he says, “from the monks and his school years at Belmont Abbey.”

2010

Jeanne-Margaret McNally, RSM '56 SHC


Jeanne-Margaret McNally, RSM entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1949 and graduated from Sacred Heart Junior College in 1956. She is a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing and earned a BSN and MS from Catholic University. She was Director of Nursing Education at Mercy School of Nursing 1963 to 1970. In 1969 she received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Catholic University and then worked for the American Nurses’ Association for 2 years. From 1973-1980 she served as Associate Vice President, General Administration, The University of North Carolina. From 1969 she served in leadership in the sisters of Mercy, and as President of the Sisters of Mercy, North Carolina 1980-1988. She received her JCL from the School of Canon Law, Catholic University in 1990 and serves as Defender of the Bond and Collegiate Judge in the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Charlotte. While in Miami she was a Professor of Bioethics at Barry University. In addition she has lectured in several Universities, published articles and continues as a canonical and psychological consultant. With three distinct careers in healthcare, education and the law, each one unfolded to even greater areas of service; Sr. Jeanne-Margaret’s influence has been most significant to the people served.

2010

Maximo Alvarez '69


At the age of 13, Maximo Alvarez was one of 14,000 children to leave Cuba as part of Operation “Pedro Pan.”  These unaccompanied children came to attend school in the US.   Helped by the Catholic Welfare Bureau, he finished high school and attended the Abbey for two years. Transferring to Florida State University, he received his BA and his MBA. Soon after graduation, Maximo began his career in the oil business. In 1987 Max purchased four underperforming gas stations and established his own company, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc.  Growing from barely 200,000 gallons a month to over 450 million gallons a year, in a little over twenty years, Sunshine owns over 120 locations and  supplies another 250 branded retail facilities, the largest branded independent supplier in Florida. Maximo is devoted to strengthening his corporate and philanthropic communities. Involved in the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, he was Chairman of the Board in 2000 and inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2005. He has also received awards for his work in Hope for Vision, the Transplant Foundation, and Pedro Pan Group.  Maximo has also been a driving force behind The Centro Hispano Catolico, a day care center for over 300 under- privileged children. 

2010

Dr. Robert M. Gallagher '72 

 
Bob Gallagher earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Business at Belmont Abbey in 1972, his J.D. at Samford University, and his LL.M in Tax Law at Georgetown University.  Most of his focus in business and community service is related to enhancing individuals' understanding of and love for the teachings of the Catholic Church through the creation of new channels of distribution for Catholic products.  As CEO of Good Will Publishers, Dr. Gallagher has overseen its growth into one of the largest publisher-distributors of religious and value-oriented books in the country.  He was a co-founder of Trinity Road, an internet marketing firm and a co-founder and CEO of St. Benedict Press, which has become one of the major Catholic Publishers of Bibles and Catholic Classics in the US.  Dr. Gallagher is a Co-Founder of Seton Media House, a non-profit corporation distributing free catechetical material to Catholic children and their parents.  Dr. Gallagher received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Belmont Abbey College in 1995 and in 2000 he was honored as Alumnus of the Year.  He has served as a Trustee of the College, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Knights of Malta, and on the boards of church, community, cultural and children’s organizations. 

2010

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Antonio M. Palomo, Abbey Prep ’50


Antonio “Tony” Palomo received his early education in Guam schools before entering Belmont Abbey College Preparatory School, graduating in 1950. In 1954 he earned a BS degree in journalism from Marquette University, Wisconsin. Palomo worked as a journalist and assistant managing editor of the Guam Daily News from 1943 to 1963.  He served three terms as senator in the Guam legislature and then worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior for twelve years. Additionally, he was the presiding officer of the First Constitutional Convention of Guam in 1969 and 1970. A noted historian, his publications tell of the courage of the people of Guam during their World War II occupation. Palomo is a former instructor of the History of Guam at both the University and Community College. As museum director of the Guam Museum from 1995 to June 2007, he brought the fledgling museum to mature status and through his popular radio programs he has been influential in educating the public about their culture, traditions, and identity.  He is a respected, elder statesman whose life has been devoted to preserving the history and healthy self-image of the people of Guam.

2009

Robert W. Kelly ’70


Robert W. (Bob) Kelly is a 1970 graduate with a degree in Political Science. He holds an Masters in Education from North Adams State and a law degree from Western New England College School of Law.  He is a member of the Massachusetts and Virginia Bar. Throughout his career, Bob Kelly has committed himself to improving our nation’s security, whether through private, military, legal or government sectors. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of CenTauri Solutions, LLC and served as Vice President and General Counsel for ManTech-Gray Hawk Systems Inc. Leading up to his work in the private sector, Kelly helped advance the nation’s counter-drug efforts as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Drug Enforcement) and as Deputy Chairman of the US Border Interdiction Committee. In addition, he served on the White House staff as General Counsel, Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President. Mr. Kelly was in the U.S. Coast Guard for ten years as both a lawyer and in operational and special assignments; after an additional 13 years in the Coast Guard Reserve, he retired with the rank of Captain.  His military decorations include two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal. He is also the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service.  

2009

Rev. James Houston Matthews III, ’74


After a semester at a regional university, Houston Matthews enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1967 and fought in Viet Nam where he lost his left leg above the knee and his right eye.  He received two purple hearts, one Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Citation and various other campaign ribbons.  He returned home to his native Gastonia, NC and entered Belmont Abbey College, graduating in 1974 with a BA in Sociology.  He earned a Masters of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in New York and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1978.  For 31 years, Houston served as a parish priest in three states where he was a member of the governing committees.  His entire life has been devoted to enabling and inspiring the wounded and less privileged, whether through promoting mission efforts in Haiti and in Peru, through national accessibility movements or through finding ways for communities to heal themselves.  Houston has been the recipient of a number of awards for his contribution to crisis assistance, residential and interfaith services, and race relations.  In addition, he counsels veterans from Viet Nam and recent wars and has used his experiences to guide his life as a priest, counselor and healer.  

2009

Mrs. F. Jo Singleton ’77 SHC


An accomplished administrator and community leader, Jo Singleton earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Sacred Heart College in 1977 and a Master’s degree in Community Education from Appalachian State University in 1987.  As Director of Admissions at Sacred Heart College, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Adult Degree Program. In addition to dedicated work in several executive positions at Belmont Abbey College, her focus throughout her career has been on directing her administrative skills to help the underserved, whether adult students in need of further education to improve their lives, members of regional non-profits who need training in order to make their organizations self-sufficient or enlarging of the donor base at Holy Angels, Inc. to provide services to a larger population of children and adults with mental retardation and physical disabilities.  Always on the cutting edge of community need, she foresaw the impact of population growth in the Greater Charlotte region some fifteen years before local areas felt the immediacy of the threat to the environment, and as administrator for the Belmont Peninsula Project Plan, was a guiding force in creating policies which have protected natural environments, neighborhoods and water use.  Mrs. Singleton worked with the Robert Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to extend Servant Leadership training to local and regional non-profits and corporations. “Servant leadership” aptly describes the impressive career of Jo Singleton. 

2009

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Ralph Ray Jr., ’39 Abbey Prep School

 

 

 

 Ralph Ray Jr. - 1939 BAC Prep School


Born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1920, Ralph Ray Jr. graduated from Belmont Abbey Prep in 1939.  He pursued studies in art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and at the Grand Central Art School in New York City. He quickly established himself as  a distinguished artist of portraits and landscapes and as a nationally known illustrator of such magazines as Reader’s Digest and Field & Stream.  Ray brought a blend of rusticism and sophistication to his watercolors of birds and natural habitats.  His bird illustrations are reminiscent of the works of Audubon, Catesby, and Fuertes. In addition, his illustrations for more than 50 heritage books for youth carry underlying values of  idealism, rural life and domesticity. His illustrations for children’s books earned him a place in Illustrators of Children’s Books 1946-1956, and a selection of his prepublication sketches is held in the “Ralph Ray, Jr. Collection” in the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota. Other collections of his work are held at libraries in the Carolinas. With impressive achievements in art at a young age, Ralph Ray died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 32, leaving behind an extensive and varied collection of work.

2008

Howard A. "Humpy" Wheeler Jr. - 1956 BAC Prep School


Considered one of sport’s greatest promoters, Humpy Wheeler Jr. is known throughout the world for legendary promotional feats during his 50-year career in motor sports, where he implemented more innovations than anyone in history. For 33 years, he ran Charlotte Motor Speedway (now known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway), made it the number one track in racing and took the company he co-founded, Speedway Motorsports, public as the first racing firm on the New York Stock Exchange. He is current chair of the Wheeler Company, a motor sports consultant group. All this has earned him entry into nine Halls of Fame, including the prestigious International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Humpy’s ties to the Abbey run deep. His father, Humpy Wheeler Sr., was athletic director for 38 years. Humpy Jr. attended Prep School here. He played football at the University of South Carolina and was also inducted into the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame.  Humpy has won the Grace Award and the Sport at the Service of the Spirit Award at the Abbey for his outstanding service. He began the unique and successful Motorsports Management academic program in 2003 and has twice served on the Board of Trustees. Humpy and his wife, Pat, have a deep love for the Abbey and the Benedictine Order and two of their children graduated from the Abbey.

2008
 

Sr. Pauline M. Clifford, RSM, ’57 SHJC


In all of her far-reaching commitments, Sr. Pauline Clifford has had an impact on the lives of others through her faith, hope and compassion.  As a leader, she is sought for her clarity, ingenuity, determination, passion and her understanding of the roots of community.  From her joyous role as the first lay parish administrator in Reidsville, N.C. to her varied functions as a member of the Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy, she has taught school, served in many positions of responsibility at Sacred Heart College, ministered as a counseling coordinator at the diocesan level, and served on many boards of directors. She has provided leadership as Regional Community President of the Sisters of Mercy from 1988 to 1996 and as Vice President from 2004 to 2008.  In 1992, Sr. Pauline received the prestigious Vatican award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Coming from Ireland to North Carolina as a child, Sr. Pauline graduated from Sacred Heart Junior College, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University (Chicago) and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She is the recipient of Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Belmont Abbey College and Sacred Heart College.   

2008  

James J. Kelley II, ’69


During his 34-year career, James J. Kelley has been named one of the Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C. and has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of the country’s “Leading Lawyers for Business.” Senior Partner at the global law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Washington, D.C., Jim is one of the leading labor and employment lawyers in the United States.  He represents large and small clients, with a particular concentration in the defense industry, aerospace, oil and gas exploration, manufacturing, nuclear power generation, insurance and colleges and universities. His advice is often sought, whether as an advisor to a presidential commission on Employee Assistance Programs or as a lecturer in law programs in the Washington, D.C. area. A life-long resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Jim graduated from the Abbey in 1969 with a degree in Political Science.  His studies at the Law School of Washington and Lee University were interrupted by service in the US Army; after military service, he returned to Washington & Lee and received his law degree in 1974.  Jim Kelley credits many of his career and labor-management accomplishments to the principles of discipline, fairness and balance instilled by the Benedictine intellectual tradition at the Abbey.

2008


Dr. James M. Andriole, ’80


Dr. Jim Andriole is a compassionate, motivational physician who effectively combines administrative business roles with a passion for volunteering and a dedication to assist. He graduated magna cum laude from Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Biology.  In 1984 he received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Andriole is CEO of Disability Consultants USA, a medical review service. He is a leader in various aspects of medicine on the national, state, and local levels: appointed to the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, elected board member on the Federation of State Medical Boards, past medical director of Lock Haven University. Dr. Andriole was awarded the Presidential Achievement Award Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. During a camping trip, he sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury while saving the life of another individual. Jim’s injury resulted in his becoming a paraplegic. Despite this injury, he pilots his own aircraft with hand controls, flies extensively in the US and the Caribbean, and provides medical care to impoverished villages and orphanages in Costa Rica and Guatemala. He has made a motivational transatlantic flight in a single engine aircraft to bring awareness to spinal cord injured people in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sicily, Sardinia, and Mallorca. At the National Sports Center for the Disabled, he instructs snow skiing to the disabled in Colorado.

2008

Dr. Josef F. Schmid, ’88


While still in college, Josef Schmid did a summer internship at NASA, an assignment that would change the course of his life.  After graduating with honors from Belmont Abbey with a BS in Biology, he entered Bowman Gray School of Medicine where he received his MD in 1992 on an Air Force scholarship.  After residency training in Family Medicine he completed tours as a family physician in Japan and Germany.  Subsequent training included a Master of Public Health and residency training in Aerospace Medicine.  Dr. Schmid currently holds the rank of Colonel in the USAF Reserve and is assigned as a NASA flight surgeon at the Johnson Space Center.  As a NASA flight surgeon he is responsible for the medical care of NASA astronauts, pilots, family members, and retired astronauts.  He staffs the Shuttle Surgeon console in Mission Control during missions, and has flown many KC-135 flights as a medical officer monitoring reduced gravity environments.  His most recent assignment was crew surgeon for the STS-120 Atlantis which visited the International Space Station in September 2007.  Interests include refining surgeon-guided remote robotics, engaging in center of gravity studies for upcoming lunar missions, and carrying his love of science to school children through robotics demonstrations.

2008

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Bishop Joseph L. Federal ’27


Called by God at a young age, Bishop Joseph Federal became the first native North Carolinian to be elevated to the American hierarchy when he was named bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah. Born in Greensboro, NC, Bishop Federal graduated from Belmont Abbey Prep School in 1927. Following graduation, he continued his studies in Europe where he was ordained in Rome in 1934. Returning to North Carolina, he moved from an assistant pastor of a parish in Greenville to being pastor of a rural church in Swannanoa. In 1938, he became rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh and it was during his thirteen years there that he was elevated to monsignor. In 1951, at only 42 years of age, Bishop Federal was named Auxiliary Bishop of Salt Lake City, and in 1960 he was named Bishop. In this role, he participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council. In addition, he created the Diocesan Development Drive which continues to be the financial engine powering Catholic endeavors in the state of Utah. Bishop Federal retired in 1980 and eventually moved to St. Joseph Villa, the retirement community he had created. In 1998 he was recognized as the longest serving bishop in the United States. He died at St. Joseph Villa on August 31, 2000 at the age of ninety.

2007

Dr. George Edwin Stuart ’52


A real life Indiana Jones with more than 50 years of fieldwork, George Edwin Stuart dedicated his career to the scientific study of historical people and cultures. A native of North Carolina, Stuart graduated from Belmont Abbey Prep School in 1952. He went on to earn a BS in geology from the University of South Carolina in 1956, a master’s in anthropology from George Washington University in 1970 and a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina in 1975. During his nearly 40 year career with the National Geographic Society, Stuart served as staff archaeologist, Vice President for Research and Exploration, Chairman of the Committee for Research and Exploration and Senior Assistant Editor for Archaeology at the National Geographic magazine. In 1984 he founded the Center for Maya Research, a not-for-profit organization that helps to promote research related to the archaeology, iconography, and epigraphy of the ancient Maya. Stuart has lectured extensively on Mesoamerican archaeology, hieroglyphics, art history and North American archaeology. His writings, both academic and popular, include seven books and 39 articles. In Addition, Stuart curated national museum exhibitions and built the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center. The center includes a reference library of more than 13,000 books and manuscripts with a photographic archive on American archaeology, with emphasis on Mesoamerica and the Maya.

2007

Brigadier General James M. Mead, USMC Ret. ’57


Throughout his distinguished 31 year career as a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Brigadier General James M. Mead dedicated his life to the service of his county and his fellow man. Born and raised in Boston, MA, General Mead earned a degree in English from Belmont Abbey in 1957. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, completed flight training and was designated a naval aviator. General Mead commanded a variety of aviation squadrons and completed two combat tours in Vietnam, flying F-8s and O-2s. He also served as the liaison officer with the U.S. Air Force. In December 1973, General Mead earned a Master’s of Business Administration in Production Management from the University of North Carolina. That same year, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. In 1982 he commanded the Marine Amphibious Unit, the U.S. contingent of the Multinational Force that assisted in the Lebanese peace keeping efforts. His final assignment brought him back to Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he served as the Base Commanding General until his retirement in June 1988. General Mead has been honored with a number of awards and distinctions including numerous campaign and service ribbons and medals, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

2007

Dr. Stephen B. Delaney ’60


Award winning television journalist and veteran NBC News correspondent, Steve Delaney crossed the globe to cover hard-hitting news stories for the American public. Raised in Charlotte, NC, Delaney graduated from Belmont Abbey Prep School in 1956 and earned a degree in English from Belmont Abbey College in 1960. With a talent for writing and reporting, he worked his way up the ladder of television journalism beginning with WCGC in Belmont. Delaney then spent 6 years with WSOC-TV in Charlotte before joining NBC News where he worked for 21 years. His career highlights at NBC News include presidential candidate coverage and white house correspondent from 1964 through 1984, four years as resident correspondent in the Middle East and his work covering the State Department during the Iran hostage crisis. In addition, Delaney served as president of the Foreign Press Association in 1976. After retiring from NBC he served as a host and correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor's cable newscast and for Monitor Radio. In 1997, Delaney joined Vermont Public Radio as host of the popular Midday Report. His honors include a Doctor of Humane Letters from Belmont Abbey College, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio Documentary, the Public Radio News Directors’ Award, and first and second place for the Best Local Newscast in the United States.

2007

Dr. Sharon L. Folk 1968


A woman of integrity, strength and a commitment to excellence, Sharon L. Folk has achieved success in business and in life. Born in Bellefontaine, OH, Folk graduated from Sacred Heart Junior College in 1965 and earned a dual degree in Business Administration and Economics from Belmont Abbey College in 1968. After graduation, she moved to Tennessee to work for National Business Forms, Inc., a family owned and operated company that produced custom made business forms. After just five years, Folk became president and CEO. Under her leadership, the company tripled in size, diversified in changing markets and engaged clients like Bulova, Time-Life, Westinghouse, U.S. Steel, Otis Elevator and Howard Johnson. An entrepreneur by nature, Folk established SF Enterprises, Inc., a land development and trade company in 1987. That same year, she purchased a parcel of land and began construction on an 18 hole semi-private golf course. The Andrew Johnson Golf Club opened in 1989 and has remained a one-facility, solely owned company. In addition, Folk continues to give of her time, talents and treasures to countless boards, civic organizations and charities, including five terms on the college’s Board of Trustees. She holds numerous awards and distinctions as well as a Doctor of Humane Letters from Sacred Heart College. 

2007

John L. Featherstone 1968


A pioneer in the field of geothermal energy, John L. Featherstone is recognized for his efforts in the development of geothermal power generation. Raised in North Carolina, Featherstone earned a BS in chemistry from Belmont Abbey in 1968 and an MS in chemistry from West Virginia University in 1972. Following graduate school, he began working as a chemist and test engineer for the U.S. government in Wrightsville Beach, NC. From there, Featherstone continued a successful career path with Magma Power where he invented the Crystallizer/Reactor Clarifier (CRC) which became the blueprint design for six future power plants. In 1980, he helped design, engineer, construct and activate the 10-megawatt San Diego Gas and Electric Geothermal Loop Experimental Facility. That facility used the mineral control systems that he had developed earlier, plus new innovations still in use today at many geothermal power plants. Throughout the eighties and nineties Featherstone worked for Unocal and CalEnergy. In those positions, he was instrumental in the development and operation of new power plants including a 165 megawatt plant in Indonesia and three facilities in Leyte, Philippines that totaled 600 megawatts. In 2005, his career achievements earned him the Geothermal Pioneer Award from the Geothermal Resource Council. Featherstone has published countless technical papers and registered more than 40 US and foreign patents. 

2007

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 Dr. James Leland Quinn, III ’55


A distinguished pioneer and investigator in the field of nuclear medicine, James Leland Quinn (1933-1980) helped change the thrust and direction of medical science in the twentieth century. A native of Pittsburg, PA, Quinn studied chemistry at Belmont Abbey College, earning his degree in 1955. Upon graduation, he entered Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1959 with a doctoral degree.  Following a successful residency at Bowman Gray, Dr. Quinn became the director of nuclear medicine and assistant director of therapeutic radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 1967 he became chairman of the Nuclear Science Committee and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University (IL). During the commencement exercises at Belmont Abbey College in 1973, Dr. Quinn received an honorary doctorate for his impressive achievements in nuclear science. His long career in the field of radiology, and the subspecialty of nuclear medicine, brought him many honors and awards. He was a consultant in nuclear medicine and radiology to the World Health Organization and a consultant to various governmental agencies and research organizations. He published numerous professional articles, was founder and editor of the Yearbook of Nuclear Medicine, and was a trustee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

2006

James G. Babb ’59


His Emmy Award for lifetime achievement was only one of the recognitions James G. Babb received as testimony to his contributions to American broadcast television.  A native of North Carolina, he graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a degree in business in 1959.  Promptly afterwards, Mr. Babb began applying his talents and interests within the communications industry.  He filled a variety of management positions, culminating in his appointment as president of Jefferson-Pilot Corporation in 1988.  In 1991, he became chairman and president of Outlet Communications, Inc., headquartered in Providence, RI.  Subsequently, Mr. Babb returned to Charlotte as the executive vice president for television and cable at Bahakel Communications.  During his career, Mr. Babb held numerous key positions in the industry including president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, chairman of the Television Board, and the CBS Television Network Affiliates Advisory Board.  In addition to his career achievements, Mr. Babb contributed to the local community as a trustee for the Arts and Sciences Council of Charlotte and the YMCA of Central Carolinas.  He also contributed his time and talents as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and the Board of Trustees at Belmont Abbey College.

2006

William J. Dockery ’65


A natural leader, William J. Dockery dedicated himself to the pursuit of justice and the fulfillment of excellence through athletics. Coming to the Abbey from Brooklyn, NY, he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was selected for honorable mention all District 26 NAIA. He graduated in 1965 with a degree in English. In 1968 he completed his law degree from the University of North Carolina, and in 1972 he established his private practice in New York City, concentrating on commercial litigation and disciplinary proceedings of commodities and securities clients. Continuing his commitment to athletics, Mr. Dockery served as president of the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City in 1998. In 2002, he was elected President of the Heisman Trophy Trust, responsible for preserving the integrity of the award and its trophy as well as its revenues that serve and advance amateur athletics and athletes in the United States. He is also privileged to announce the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy on national television. His other philanthropic work included serving on the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Free Dispute Resolution Program and in fundraising for Belsky House, a residential facility for developmentally disabled and handicapped adults in Brooklyn.

2006

Joseph P. Lacher ’67


A leader in a time of transformation in the communication industry, Joseph P. Lacher directed the largest telecommunications provider in the state of Florida, BellSouth. Raised in Bradenton, Florida, he received a BA from Belmont Abbey in 1967, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ) in 1972 and an MBS (Sloan Fellow) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1984. Upon graduating from the Abbey, Mr. Lacher joined Southern Bell as a management assistant in Charlotte, NC and from there he was transferred to AT&T Corporate Headquarters in New York. Following his return to Southern Bell, Mr. Lacher held positions of increasing responsibility in Atlanta and Florida. In 1984 he was appointed secretary/assistant treasurer of Southern Bell and in 1988 he was named vice president of Southern Bell’s North Carolina operations.  In 1991 Mr. Lacher was appointed State President for Florida Operations of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. There, he was responsible for a 3.5 billion dollar profit center with approximately 5 million customers. Mr. Lacher was active in the Miami Business Forum, Florida Council of 100, and Chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his work as an Abbey Trustee, his philanthropic efforts included serving on the board for Community Partnership for the Homeless and Our Kids, Inc.

2006

Phillip N. Maisano ’69


Gifted with a talent for leadership and an acute insight into fiscal management, Phillip N. Maisano achieved outstanding success in the financial world. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Maisano earned a degree in economics from Belmont Abbey College in 1969. Building upon his leadership skills, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard where he held the rank of First Lieutenant from 1970-1978. His career was marked by regular promotions and enlistment in varied outlets for his expertise.  These positions included executive appointments with such major firms as the Equitable, Manhattan National Corporation and Mutual of New York. In 1988, Mr. Maisano became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EACM Advisors, LLC, a Mellon Financial Company in Norwalk, Connecticut. He holds an MBA in Finance from Iona College (NY) and an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey College. During his career Mr. Maisano has contributed articles to various investment publications and has spoken extensively at industry meetings.  In addition to his work as an Abbey Trustee, he served on the Advisory Board of the Hagan School of Business at Iona College, and the investment committees of Seton Hall University (NJ) and of Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity.

2006

Richard J. Salem, Esq. ’69


A man proficient at turning obstacles into opportunities, Richard J. Salem became a leading lawyer in our nation, employing character, intellect and integrity in the service to community. A native of North Carolina, he graduated cum laude from Belmont Abbey with a degree in political science in 1969.  Immediately thereafter, Mr. Salem entered Duke University School of Law where he graduated with distinction in 1972.  Refusing to be slowed by adversity, without the gift of sight, he began practicing law, establishing the Salem Law Group in 1981. Concentrating primarily on structuring business and financial transactions in North America and Europe, the extent of his legal work soon required his firm to expand from Tampa, Florida adding four additional offices and a compliment of over 80 attorneys and staff.  Drawing on his own experience and expertise, he also authored scholarly essays and commentaries regarding disability rights issues, self and community improvement, and the dynamics of politics and leadership.  As his knowledge and commitment won greater eminence and regard, he was enlisted to provide counsel and lend expert advice to lawmakers and executives in Washington, D.C.  His contributions to the community include service on a number of boards and national not for profit and educational organizations such as the National Organization on Disability, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Duke Law School Board of Visitors and the Eye Advisory Council of the National Institute of Health.

2006

Charles A. Pol ’78


Recognized as a leader in international business, Charles A. Pol sits at the helm of a multinational telecommunications company. Raised in Central Islip, NY, Mr. Pol made his way to Belmont Abbey to earn a degree in history. After graduating in 1978, he held several positions in sales and marketing with ITT Industries in New York before starting a long and successful career with British Telecommunications (BT).  In his many years with BT, he held a number of senior management positions in varying parts of the organization, including technology, sales and service.  In 1997, Mr. Pol relocated to the United Kingdom where he was director of mobile markets in BT’s Wholesale Services and Solutions division. Just five years later, he was named President and COO for BT Americas, Inc. In this position, he acquired responsibility for BT’s operations in North America, working to expand the company’s capabilities in this region, driving strategic development, and forming new supplier and distribution partnerships. Through his leadership, BT solidified its position as a leader in the IT and networking services space. Mr. Pol serves as a board member for British American Business, Inc. and for Project Renewal, a charity benefiting the homeless of New York City.

2006

Johnnie Lowry ’81


Recognized as a true trailblazer, Johnnie Lowry rose through the ranks in the banking world, paving the way for future generations of female business leaders.  A Gaston County native, Ms. Lowry began her career in banking in 1956 as a secretary for the Bank of Belmont, later Wachovia.  Driven to succeed, she took courses when available, enabling her to advance within the bank, ultimately becoming vice president and assistant trust officer. In 1981, Ms. Lowry earned her degree in business administration from the Adult Degree Program at Belmont Abbey College.  From there, she joined twelve women and more than five hundred men at the prestigious Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University (NJ) where she earned her graduate degree. A woman of many firsts, Ms. Lowry became the first woman officer of the Bank of Belmont, the first woman elected to the Belmont City Council, and the first woman named to the Belmont Abbey College Board of Trustees.  In 2002, Ms. Lowry received an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey in recognition of her professional achievements and dedication to the college.  Actively involved in the community, she served on numerous boards and fundraising committees, and held the presidency of both the Kiwanis Club and the Belmont Chamber of Commerce.

2006


 
Walid Maalouf  '83 SHC 


As a liaison between the United States and the broader Middle Eastern Community, the Honorable Walid Maalouf has succeeded in a variety of humanitarian and diplomatic enterprises. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he graduated from Sacred Heart College in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Maalouf began his career as an international banker in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC, where he worked for fourteen years. In 2003, he received his first of two presidential appointments as the Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the general assembly of the United Nations. While at the United States Mission in New York, he was the first United States representative to deliver a speech at the United Nations in Arabic. The following year, Mr. Maalouf was appointed the Director of Public Diplomacy for Middle Eastern & MEPI Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He served on a number of civic boards, and was a member of numerous organizations including the Consular Corps of Washington, DC, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He has been recognized for his dedicated commitment to public service and community organizations, including his receipt in 1998 of the Patriarchal Golden Cross of Jerusalem. In 2005, he was awarded USAID’s Meritorious Honor Award.

2006

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Captain Louis E. Antosek ’68 Dr.


A decorated Captain in the US Navy, Louis Edward Antosek has dedicated his life to serving his country and his fellow man. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Captain Antosek graduated with a BS in chemistry from Belmont Abbey in 1968.  From there he proceeded to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine from which he earned a Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 1972. In 1976, Captain Antosek entered flight surgery training for the US Navy. Although he left active duty in 1979 to pursue private practice, he returned to active duty as a flight surgeon in 1986. In 1989, he completed a Master’s of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health. Over the next several years, he served in a variety of positions including commander of the US Naval Medical Research Unit in Cairo, Egypt. In 2004, Captain Antosek became the commanding officer of the Naval Medical Research Center and chief executive for the biomedical branch of the Navy Medicine Research Laboratory System. There he directs naval medical research efforts and oversees a rich global network of academic and professional research collaborations. 

2005 

Dr. James Patrick O'Leary '63


Known firstly, as a nationally respected surgeon with a renowned reputation in cancer research, Dr. James Patrick O’Leary is also an authority in the field of surgical gastroenterology, a widely published author and an accomplished, sought-after lecturer. Raised in Florida, he graduated from Belmont Abbey with honors in 1963. His medical school and residency years were spent at the University of Florida. Throughout his medical career, he has been recognized numerous times as an outstanding professor. Dr. O’Leary has served on the faculty at the University of Florida, as Chief of the Surgical Service at the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University, as Chair in Surgery and Program Director at Baylor University Medical Center and as Clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Southwestern. In 1989, Dr. O’Leary was appointed professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he also has served as Interim Dean of the medical school and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.

2005


Abbot Walter Coggin, O.S.B. ’36


A man of God, a scholar, and a beloved teacher, Abbot Walter Coggin, O.S.B., taught by his example and the bounty of his heart as much as by his broad learning and his mastery of philosophy.  A native of Richmond, VA, he graduated from Belmont Abbey Prep School and entered the monastery here in 1936. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Benedict’s College, KS in 1939. By 1954, Abbot Walter had earned both a Master’s Degree and a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.  In his life at Belmont Abbey, he coached, taught, and served as president and chancellor.  On November 25, 1959, he was elected third Abbot-Ordinary of Belmont Abbey Nullius. As head of the Nullius, he participated in all four sessions (1962-1965) of the Second Vatican Council, a gathering of the world’s Catholic bishops. Despite all his accomplishments as a church leader, however, Abbot Walter’s first love was teaching. In the fall of 1999, he retired from teaching, having served the students of Belmont Abbey College for 60 years. He died on December 28 of that year, and was laid to rest in the Abbey Cemetery.

2005 


Dr. Kevin J. Soden '67


Expert commentator on television, author, accomplished lecturer and esteemed physician, Dr. Kevin Soden has found success in each dimension of his professional endeavors. Raised in Richmond, VA, Dr. Soden made his way to Belmont Abbey to earn a degree in history. After graduating in 1967, he attended Florida State University for a Master’s Degree in Personnel Administration.  Dr. Soden holds a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and a second Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. With over 20 years experience as a medical journalist, he serves as a medical correspondent for the Today Show on NBC; he is the author of several critically acclaimed books and speaks frequently to organizations all across the country. Dr. Soden is the worldwide Medical Director for Texas Instruments as well as the Celanese Corporation. He worked 23 years as an Emergency Room physician and is also the founder of Health Care Savings, the oldest and largest physician-owned managed care organization in the Carolinas.

2005

Mrs. Regina P. Moody ’73 SHC


Recognized as a leader in the community and named woman of the year on more than one occasion, Mrs. Regina Moody is a strong example of a successful business woman. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she earned a BA in General Studies and Education from Sacred Heart College in 1973. Following her certification from Appalachian State University as a teacher of mentally challenged students, Mrs. Moody earned a Masters of Education from Winthrop University in 1977 and a Certification in Administration and Supervision from UNC Charlotte in 1981. She became principal of St. Michael’s Elementary School before becoming Executive Director of Holy Angels, a private, nonprofit corporation that provides innovative programs and services for its residents children and adults with varying degrees of mental retardation and physical disabilities. In 1997, Mrs. Moody became President and Chief Executive Officer of Holy Angels, heading its parent organization and its two subsidiaries. Her responsibilities there include the overall administration and operation of all programs and services, overseeing a staff of 250 and a combined budget of over $7 million.

2005

Mr. Robert W. Dineen ’71


A force in the financial services industry of corporate America, Robert Dineen has risen to the top.  Raised in Westwood NJ, Mr. Dineen graduated from Belmont Abbey in 1971. He began his financial services career at Merrill Lynch in 1982 where he served in a wide range of leadership positions including National Sales Manager for the entire Western sales division and First Vice President and District Director for greater Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. In 1998, he was named a First Vice President and Director of Mutual Funds for the Investment Strategy and Product Group. The following year, Mr. Dineen became District Director of the New York City District and in 2000 he was appointed Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Advisory Division. In 2002, Mr. Dineen became President and CEO of Lincoln Financial Advisors. Leading approximately 2,000 professionals in the field, he is recognized as an expert in the design and management of financial and estate services. 

2005 

Sr. Mary Thomas Burke, RSM ’58


An elegant, charming, compassionate and tireless humanitarian, Sr. Mary Thomas Burke, RSM, served God and mankind throughout her life. Born in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, she was received as a Sister of Mercy in Belmont, NC, on August 15, 1949. After graduating from Belmont Abbey in 1958, Sr. Mary Thomas earned a Master’s Degree in mathematics from John Carroll University (OH), a Master’s in history from Georgetown University (DC) and a doctorate in Counseling and Guidance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her studies, she worked in the classroom and in the counseling offices at Our Lady of Mercy, Charlotte Catholic High School and Sacred Heart College. From 1970 until prevented by illness, Sr. Mary Thomas served in several capacities at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Most notably, she founded and coordinated the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Counseling, Special Education and Child Development. A sought-after speaker, she frequently gave presentations both nationally and internationally as well as authoring numerous publications.  

2005

Mr. James L. Gates ’79


Baseball, our national past-time, is more than a game for Jim Gates, it is a career. After graduating from the Abbey in 1979, he received his Master’s in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from Indiana University. He has worked at the University of Notre Dame Kresge Law Library, Boston University Pappas Law Library, and at the University of Florida Legal Information Center, where he was granted academic tenure. Since 1995, Mr. Gates has served as Library Director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, where he is responsible for an archival operation which contains over 2.6 million items relating to the history of baseball. During his professional career he has authored academic articles and edited multiple books, magazines and other publications. He hosts an annual symposium on baseball and American culture and is involved in state and national archival programs.

2005 

 

 

George F. Horner, III ’66


George Horner has made his mark on the world in the field of pharmaceuticals. Raised in Havertown, PA, he graduated from the Abbey in 1966, where his achievements included selection for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Following graduation, Mr. Horner held several pharmaceutical marketing and sales positions at E.R. Squibb, Inc., before starting a 17 year career at Abbott Laboratories. His positions at Abbott included Vice President for Abbott International, President for Canada, Regional Director for Latin America, General Manager for Mexico, General Manager for the Southern Africa Region and Regional Manager for Southeast Asia. Upon leaving Abbott, he served as President of Ligand Pharmaceuticals for two years.  In 1996, he became President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals, an international biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing vital medicine for seriously ill patients. Under the leadership of Mr. Horner, Vicuron Pharmaceuticals became a publicly traded company in 2000.

2005

Mr. Luis G. Lobo ’83


A leader in the Hispanic community and named one of the fifty most influential minorities in American business, Luis G. Lobo has risen to the top of his field in banking. Born in Costa Rica, Central America, and raised in western North Carolina, Mr. Lobo graduated from the Abbey in 1983, with a dual degree in economics and business administration. He went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from Campbell University.  In 1998, he received his degree with honors from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. The following year, Mr. Lobo graduated from the Advanced Management Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since leaving the Abbey, he has served BB&T (Branch Bank and Trust) mostly in facets of commercial, retail, mortgage and international banking. In 2002, Mr. Lobo was promoted to Regional President for BB&T’s Potomac Region based in Frederick, Maryland, where he also serves as Chairman of the BB&T Hispanic Segment Task Force. He lectures extensively at colleges, universities and financial industry forums across the nation and serves on the faculty of the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University and The American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University.

2005

Kevin J. O’Connor ’69


For Kevin O’Connor, the game of life has been basketball. Born in the Bronx and raised in Staten Island, New York, he landed in Belmont, NC, where he captained the 1969 Abbey Crusaders to a 21-5 record in his senior year. Following graduation and a tour in the U.S. Army, Mr. O’Connor began his long career in collegiate and professional basketball. He found much success in his early career working as an assistant coach for several teams including the 1980 UCLA Bruins who, under head coach Larry Brown, advanced to the NCAA championship game. In the NBA, Mr. O’Connor served as a scout for the Utah Jazz, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent two years as the Director of Player Personnel for the Philadelphia 76ers before taking over as Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Utah Jazz in 1999.

2005


Dr. Robert A. Preston ’53


Known as a philosopher, a dedicated teacher and a mentor, Dr. Robert Preston spent over half a century in the field of higher education. A native of Richmond, VA, Dr. Preston has had a longstanding relationship with the Benedictine Order. He spent four years at Benedictine High School in VA, before entering Belmont Abbey. After graduating from the Abbey in 1953, Dr. Preston earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He went on to study at Harvard University’s Institute for Education Management and Carnegie-Mellon University’s College Management Institute. Dr. Preston has held numerous executive positions throughout his career, including 11 years as Academic Vice President of Loyola University of New  
Orleans and six years as Senior Vice President and Provost at Illinois Benedictine College. In 1995, he returned to his alma mater as president where his achievements included the creation of the Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture.

2005


Mrs. Bridget Estelle Scholl Beck ’49 SHA


“Live to serve” is not just a motto for Bridget Scholl Beck ’49 SHA, it is a way of life. Born in Greensboro, NC, Mrs. Beck has always been recognized as a confident and patriotic leader. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 1949, she made her way to Georgia where she started a family. Realizing the need in her local area, she began offering tax and accounting assistance to members of her community. This service led to the opening of a successful accounting and tax service. For the next thirty years, Mrs. Beck pursued courses in business and tax accounting, seeking to expand and prosper her business. As a young lady, she began volunteering for the American Legion Auxiliary, the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world. In 1965, she expanded her service to include the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Associates. In 2002, Mrs. Beck was honored for her golden anniversary to the American Legion Auxiliary.

2005

Congressman Patrick McHenry ’99


A man of the people, Patrick McHenry embarked on a political career that won him a seat in Congress at the age of 29. Born and raised in Gaston County, NC, he earned a BA in history from Belmont Abbey in 1999. It was during his college years that Mr. McHenry began to take politics as the focus of his ambition and service.  In 1996, he worked as a staff member in the NC gubernatorial campaign of Robin Hayes.  Two years later, Mr. McHenry won the Republican nomination for the 76th District seat in the North Carolina House.  Following graduation, he worked for two technology companies, and served as a Coalition Director in the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.  He then accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of Labor. In 2004, Mr. McHenry was elected to the United States House of Representatives; he held the seat of North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District.  As he took office in the 109th Congress, McHenry was the House’s youngest member.  In recognition of his interests and expertise, Congressman McHenry was awarded membership on the House Financial Services Committee and the Committee on Government Reform.

2005
 

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