Fordham alumni and students, elected officials and honored guests filled the Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom for the 3rd annual Fordham Founder’s Award Dinner on March 29 to honor author Mary Higgins Clark (FCLC ’79) and retired General John M. Keane (CBA ’66). The gala event, attended by 650 people, also raised $1.14 million for the Fordham Founder’s Presidential Scholarship Fund, awarded to exceptional students who are guided by their curiosity of mind and strength of spirit.
Mary Higgins Clark—best-selling suspense writer, literacy advocate and active participant in Catholic affairs—and four-star General John M. Keane—a combat veteran who served as vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army—were honored for their extraordinary contributions to society and their personification of Fordham’s mission.
“Tonight we honor two alumni whose personal and professional lives reflect the University’s defining traditions as an institution dedicated to wisdom and learning in the service of others,” said Paul B. Guenther, chair of the Fordham University Board of Trustees. “Proof of a great university is reflected in the lives and accomplishments of its graduates. And our honorees and distinguished members of the political, academic, religious and business communities here tonight reflect the far-reaching impact that the University has in so many branches of society.”
From left: Paul B. Guenther, chair of the Fordham Board of Trustees, and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, with Founder’s Award recipients mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark (FCLC ’79) and retired General John M. Keane (CBA ’66)
Photo: John Roemer
From left: Fordham Founder’s Presidential Scholarship recipient Megan Minturn, Mary Higgins Clark, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., John M. Keane, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Photo: John Roemer
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Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, told the audience that we are all challenged by the achievements of Clark and Keane and that Fordham is honored to count them among its sons and daughters.
“I know that you will all agree with me that they epitomize the ideals of a Fordham education,” said Father McShane. “In their personal lives and in their careers, they have shown themselves to be people of great talent, lively faith, generosity of heart and discerning wisdom.”
Father McShane also announced two multimillion-dollar gifts recently made to the University to establish three new chairs (click on the Inside Fordham Development Update for details).
Among the special guests in attendance were New York Sens. Charles Schumer, who called Fordham a “crown jewel of New York City,” Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has worked closely on the Armed Services Committee with General Keane and read his citation, and the first six Presidential Scholarship recipients, who are all freshmen.
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