The University of St. Thomas

Monsignor James Lavin Award

Serving fellow alumni.

Monsignor James Lavin Award: This award honors an alumnus or alumna of St. Thomas for outstanding contributions and service to the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, its programs and services. Since 1994, the Alumni Association has honored an individual each year for the extraordinary contributions. 

The award is presented at the annually with the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, Humanitarian Award, Professor of the Year, and Award. The 2014 awards were presented at the St. Thomas Day Dinner on May 7, 2014.

Know an alumnus/alumna that is deserving of an award? Click here to submit a nomination.

2014 Award Recipient
2014 Award Recipient
Michael D. Heffron '57

Mike Heffron's service to St. Thomas is notable for his membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors in three different decades.

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2013 Award Recipient
2013 Award Recipient
Donald A. Traxler ’50

Donald Traxler’s decades of service to the Alumni Association have been most notable because of his uncommonly strong dedication to the Old Guard.

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2012 Award Recipient
2012 Award Recipient
Thomas Cronin ’64

Tom Cronin served as an active member and as vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. His enthusiasm and friendliness make him a recognized figure at both alumni and student events.

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2011 Award Recipient
2011 Award Recipient
Dr. James McEnaney '52

Dr. McEnaney has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, on numerous alumni committees and in many other alumni service roles. One could count his being a resident assistant on Monsignor Lavin’s floor in Ireland Hall in the early 1950s his first service to St. Thomas!

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2010 Award Recipient
2010 Award Recipient
John Bannigan Jr. '58 *

An enthusiastic volunteer with reunions and many other alumni events, he served on the association’s board from 2001 to 2009 and was its president from 2005 to 2008. As board member, he served on the Strategic Planning Task Force and the Educational, Spiritual and Events Committee.
  
* Award given posthumously.

To see past award recipients click here.


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