St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal

Father Peter presenting medal to recipient

The Saint Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Villanova University Alumni Association, is awarded to alumni who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of Thomas. These alumni are individuals who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and who have brought extraordinary benefit to the University and to their communities.

Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be members of the alumni body for a minimum of 11 years.
  2. Candidates must have achieved a significant level of distinction within their chosen fields.
  3. Candidates must have had a significant impact on the University, the Villanova University Alumni Association, and their community.

Nominating Process

  1. Submit a one-page typed Nomination Summary of the nominee’s achievements and accomplishments. This summary should include the name and class year of the nominee and the name, class year, address and telephone number of the person submitting the nomination.

  2. Two additional pages of supporting documentation can be submitted with the one-page Nomination Summary. Supporting documents may include: resume, press clippings, correspondence.

  3. The Nomination Summary and supporting documents should be submitted to the Alumni Office via email at alumni@villanova.edu or mailed to Alumni Center, Garey Hall, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085.

When the Order of Saint Augustine purchased ground for a college in 1841, their first concern was to place it under suitable patronage. The first Augustinian Province in America had been dedicated to Saint Thomas of Villanova, and it was decided that the college should share in this privilege. So it was thus the first Augustinian College in America was named Villanova College.

Thomas was a person who was used to operating by reason, one who was comfortable with the poser of his intellect. He was respected for his leadership abilities. Thomas was a visionary, a practical person, yet deeply spiritual. He continually sought to follow the example that Christ had set for the world. He made himself available to others at all times.

Today, four centuries since his ordination, Thomas is remembered and honored, not so much for his intellect, nor for his strong administrative skills, nor even for his inspiring sermons, but for his simple sharing and his deep concern for the poor and the oppressed. Thomas once said, "one thing alone I can call my own-the obligation to distribute to by brethren the possessions with which God has entrusted me."

The Saint Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Villanova University Alumni Association, is awarded to alumni who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of Thomas; individuals who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and who have brought extraordinary benefit to the University and to their communities.

Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be members of the alumni body for a minimum of 15 years.

  2. Candidates must have achieved a significant level of distinction within their chosen fields.

  3. Candidates must have had a significant impact on the University, the Villanova University Alumni Association, and their community.

Nomination Process

  1. Submit a one-page typed Nomination Summary of the nominee’s achievements and accomplishments. This summary should include the name and class year of the nominee and the name, class year, address and telephone number of the person submitting the nomination.

  2. Two additional pages of supporting documentation can be submitted with the one-page Nomination Summary. Supporting documents may include: resume, press clippings, correspondence.

  3. The Nomination Summary and supporting documents should be submitted to the Villanova University Alumni Association Office.

  4. All nominations received will be acknowledged in writing.

Form of Recognition

The St. Thomas of Villanova Medal is presented each year by the University President and the President of the Villanova University Alumni Association.

Rosa Gatti - 2014 Recipient
Rosa Gatti - 2014 Recipient

2014 - Rosa Gatti '72 - video

2012 - Frank F. Boulton '73 - presentation

2010 - Herbert F. Aspbury '67 - presentation

2009 - Rear Admiral Christine Bruzek-Kohler '74 - presentation

2008 - Harold A. Jensen '87 - presentation

2007 - Albert A. (Bert) Jacobs '87

2007 - Mary Beth Appel '81 BSN, MS, RN, CFNP

2007 - Gerald D. (Jerry) Strid '66

2006 - Ellen M. Tracy '81, '87

2006 - Reverend Michael Sullivan, OSA '64

2006 - Victor J. Maggitti, Jr. '56

2006 - J. Deane Driscoll '60

2005 - Sandy Myers Gomberg '85, 90

2005 - William Loftus '85, '95

2005 - Thomas Kelly '65

2004 - John J. Quindlen '54

2004 - James G. O'Connor '64

2004 - Daniel M. DiLella '73

2003 - Frank J. Ryan '53

2003 - Patricia B. Holloway '76

2003 - Ron M. Delany '58

2002 - Dr. Rodger Van Allen '59, '67

2002 - Joanne M. Corless '82

2001 - Paul A. Tufano, Esq. '83, '86

2001 - John M. Sugiura '61

2001 - James P. Musselman, Jr., Esq. '79

2000 - John G. Rowland '79

2000 - Edward Pinckney '85

2000 - Gen. Paul X. Kelley '50

2000 - Denise L. Devine, C.P.A. '77, '81

1999 - Daniel L. Redmond, Jr. '48

1999 - Rose M. O'Driscoll '64

1999 - J. Jay McAndrews '60

1999 - William M. Gibson'66

1999 - Leo E. Denlea, Jr. '54

1998 - Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.) '50

1998 - Catherine V. Windels '75

1998 - Edward J. Welsh, Jr. '66

1998 - Edward T. Hastings '73

1997 - Frank S. Scarpa '56

1997 - George J. Chorba '49

1996 - Selma Koury-Wunderlich, G.S. '58

1996 - Rev. Thomas Knestout '54

1996 - John G. Drosdick '65

1996 - James F. Crowley, Jr. '71

1995 - Philip H. Ryan '54

1995 - Nan B. Hechenberger, Ph.D. '56

1995 - John M. Cooney '55

1995 - Robert J. Brennan '50

Recipient of the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal 2012: Frank Boulton