Alumna of Achievement
The Alumna of Achievement Award recognizes alumnae who have excelled in their professional or volunteer accomplishments and who are recognized leaders in their fields of endeavor.
A native of New York City, Jeanne Fisher-Thompson received her
undergraduate degree in English literature from Marymount
College and her graduate degree in journalism from the University
Shortly after graduation, Jeanne taught
journalism at colleges in Wisconsin and Nigeria. While in Nigeria,
she participated in the foundation of the nation's first professional
In the 1980s, Jeanne was active in fighting barriers
to women in higher education and administration, working with
groups such as the Project on the Status and Education of Women
at the Association of American Colleges and the American Council
on Education on issues such as college credit transferability, a
problem for many women whose education was interrupted.
Jeanne's development work includes serving as director of corporate and
foundation relations for the George Washington University and as the
director of grants management for the United Negro College Fund.
She was senior director of development programs for Georgetown
University, where much of her fundraising focused on scholarships
and endowment support.
More recently, as assistant head of school at
the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., Jeanne worked
on her sixth and final capital campaign.
She has been a volunteer
with St. Thomas More Cathedral in Arlington, Va., the Tahoe Rim
Trail Association, and is a member of Sweet Adelines International.
Now retired, Jeanne splits her time between Washoe Valley, Nev., and
Arlington, Va., with her husband, Jim, a retired writer and editor for
the U.S. Department of State. Their son, John, is a First Lieutenant in
the Marine Corps, who recently returned home from Afghanistan.
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, '61
Joyce Brown, Ph.D., '68
Ellen Campbell, Ph.D., '52
Kathleen Connell, R.S.H.M., '61
Joanne Casella Gray, '72
Maureen Kelleher, R.S.H.M., '60
Marie Bertona Kuffner, M.D., '63
Nola Masterson, '69
Joan Carter McHugh, '63
Mary Begley Murphy, '66
Nancy Naples O'Neill, '70
Jean Wynn Shea, '80
Kristine Lowe Welker, '88