These awards are given to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Up to six awards may be presented per year. The awards are presented annually at a dinner in the Fall.
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The Distinguished Alumni Award returns on March 23, 2024.
* INDICATES DECEASED
Titles reflect positions held in the year cited.
Jill Bond ’82 - Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer | Rich Products Corporation
Michael Christiano ’83 - Chief Executive Officer and Owner | Left Bank Restaurant
Michael Monin ’65, HON ’ 96 - Former owner and President | US Lighting Service, Inc.
Anthony Spada Jr. ’80, MBA ’87 - President and Chief Executive Officer | AAA of Western and Central New York
James Basil '85 - President, Joe Basil Chevrolet Inc., Depew, NY
Catherine A. Bolz '85, MBA '90 - Global Head of Benefits, Bloomberg LLP, New York, NY
Hon. M. Mosey '92 - New York State Surrogate’s Judge, Erie County, Buffalo, NY
Ashli Skura Dreher '95 - Special Education Teacher, Lewiston-Porter High School, Youngstown, NY
Michael Joseph Edbauer MBA '12 DO - President/CEO, Catholic Medical Partners & Chief Clinical Officer, Catholic Health, Buffalo, NY
Rhonda Frederick MPA '03 - President/CEO, People Inc., Williamsville, NY
Mary F. Roberts '77 - Executive Director, Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, Buffalo, NY
Walter D. Webdale '57 - President/CEO, AHC Inc., Arlington, VA
*Michael N. Coppola '70 - Retired President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Advance Auto Parts, Charlotte, NC
Nora McGuire MBA '08 - Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Independent Health, Buffalo, NY
Kenneth M. Sroka '65 PhD - Emeritus Professor of English, Canisius University, Buffalo, NY
Edward B. Carey '69 - President, Carey Realty Investments, Inc., Columbus, OH
LeRoi C. Johnson '71 - Attorney and Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Law office of LeRoi C. , Buffalo, NY
David J. Nasca '79 - President and Chief Executive Officer, Evans Bank, Hamburg, NY
Richard A. Wall '78 PhD - M&T Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance, Canisius University, Buffalo, NY
Adam O. Zyglis '04 - Editorial Cartoonist, Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY
Col. James L.
Hon. Mary Grace Diehl ’74- United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Kathleen Scully Grimm ’77, MD- Supportive Medical Partners (SMP), The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, NY
Richard M. Peer ’65, MD- Medical Lab, Buffalo Medical Group and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Buffalo, NY
George C. Robinson ’73- Former Secret Service Agent, Asst. Fed. Security Director, Homeland Security, Austin, TX
Rocco R. Termini ’73- Chief Executive Officer, Signature Buffalo, NY
William Sisler '69, PhD - Director of Harvard University Press, Harvard University
J. Donald Schumacher '72, HON '92, PsyD - President and CEO, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Hon. Anthony Masiello '69, HON '96 - President and Partner, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates
Christopher Kelly '83 - Partner-in-Charge-Cleveland, Jones Day
James Metzler '72 - AICPA Vice President, Small Firm Interests, American Institute of CPAs
Petrina Genco '70, PhD - Director, Tissue Typing Lab, Mayo Clinic Florida
David M. Borowski '79 - Director of New Products, Finance Division, Freddie Mac
Peter D. Farstad '80 - CAO, LifeSource, Upper Midwest, Organ Procurement Organization, Inc.
Karen J. Freeman '83 - Former COO, Biologics Inc.
Charles E. Moran Jr. '72 - President and COO, Delaware North Companies Inc.
Anna Marie Rooth Cellino '75 - President, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.
*Mark J. Czarnecki, MBA '91 - President, M&T Bank
*Robert J. Kresse '50, HON '00 - Attorney, Hiscock and Barclay, LLP
*The Most Reverend Dominic Luong MS '67 - Auxiliary Bishop, Orange, CA
Gary M. Crosby '75 - Executive Vice President/CAO, First Niagara Financial Group
Christine Licata-Culhane '67, MS '71 - Senior Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology
Robert H. Maloney '71 - Founder and Principal, Maloney Government Relations
David Nalewajek '74, PhD - Senior Principal Scientist, Honeywell International Inc.
Mary Elizabeth Roehmholdt '71, MD - Neurologist
Mary Robertson Wittenberg '84 - President/CEO, New York Road Runners
Paul B. Hurley Jr. '66, PhD - President, Trocaire College
Hon. Thomas A. Maul '64 - Retired, Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD)
Kenneth F. Myszka'70 - President and Operating Officer, Sovran Self Storage Inc.
Hon. Denise E. O'Donnell '68 - Deputy Secretary/Public Safety Justice, New York State Government
*Philip J. Skilnik '62 - Retired, 41 successful years in the food industry, Past President of the Chicago Food Brokers Association
Joseph N. Weixlmann Jr. '68, PhD - Provost, St. Louis University
Nelson Civello '67 - Director, Golden Griffin /Professor of Finance, Canisius University Retired President Fixed Income Capital Markets, Former Oishei Visiting Professor of Finance, Canisius University Retired Professor, Dain Rauscher Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Michael F Scheuer '74, PhD - Senior Fellow
Franklin J. Sciortino '56 - District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Buffalo, NY
*James R. Boldt, MBA '84 - Chairman, President and CEO, Computer Task Group Inc. CTG), Buffalo, New York
Paul J. Harder '69, MBA '73 - CEO, Clinical Support Services Inc., Buffalo, New York
Gregory R. Maday '70, MS '73 - Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Theatre,
Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker '82 - Vice President, Program Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
*Andy T. Anselmo '45 - Founding Director, Singers Forum Vocal Academy, New York, New York
Angela (Giordano) Evans '69 - Deputy Director, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Francis M. Lazarus '66, PhD - President, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
John D. Naples '55, MD - Retired Gynecological Surgeon, Williamsville, New York
*Norman S. Paolini Jr. '69 - Co-Director, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, Buffalo, New York
Robert R. Prazmark '75 - President, Olympic Sales and Marketing Worldwide, New York, New York
Terrence M. Connors '68, Esq. - Partner, Connors & Vilardo LLP, Buffalo, New York
Cherylyn Harley Lebon '88, Esq. - Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC
Michael P. Healy '70 - Senior Vice President/Original Movies, Disney/ABC Cable Networks, Burbank, California
Nancy (Wutz) Ware '78, MBA '85 - President, EduKids Inc., West Seneca, New York
Rev. John C. Barth ’74 - Assistant General, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll, New York
Patrick M. Gallivan ’82 - Sheriff of Erie County, Buffalo, New York
*Richard F. Griffin ’54 - Counsel, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo, New York
Charles L. Maday Jr. ’67 - Senior Vice President/Programming, The History Channel, New York, New York
Norma J. Nowak ’79, PhD - Director, Scientific Planning, Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, University at Buffalo Director, Roswell Cancer Institute/University at Buffalo Microarray and Genomics Facility, Buffalo, New York
*Frederick G. Attea’61, Esq. - Partner, Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber, LLP
John J. Hurley ’78, Esq. - Vice President for College Relations/General Counsel Canisius University
Angelo A. Licata ’66, MD, PhD - Physician, Cleveland Clinic
*Gerald E. Murray ’68 - Poet-Critic, Teacher, Communications Consultant, Murray Communications
MaryLynn Ryan ’83 - Managing Editor, CNN/USA
Catherine (Lindquist) Burzik ’72 - President, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Calvin Darden ’72 - Senior Vice President for Operations, UPS
*Hon. Vincent Doyle ’53 - State Supreme Court Justice
Thomas Lawley '66, MD - University School of Medicine
Jim Lyons ’56 - Chairman of Oracle Management Corp.
Gordon Martin ’69 - Executive VP and CFO, NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.)
L. William Paxon ’77 - Senior Advisor and Lobbyist, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
General Peter M.
Carolyn B. Frank ’80 – Executive Vice President of Operations, Kaleida Health Systems
Joseph M. Hassett '64, Esq., PhD – Partner, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.
Marsha (Spence) Henderson, MBA ’80 – President, Western New York District, Key Bank, N.A.
John F. Marszalek '61, PhD – William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, Mississippi State University
Daniel W. Stanton ’79 – Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mary E. Belle ’73 – Liz Claiborne
Mark Lema ’71, MD, PhD - Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
*Robert Mesel ’57 - President, BP American (retired)
*Joseph J. Naples ’41 - President, Joseph J. Naples & Associates, Inc.
Dale Wilson ’72, MD – Managing Partner - Brummitte Dale Wilson, M.D. & Associates and the Aesthetic Laser Surgery Center
*William D. Bennett ’61, MS '67– Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, School of Education and Human Services Canisius University
Norbert Myslinski '69, PhD – Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Maryland Dental School
Robin Schimminger ’69 – Member, New York State Assembly, Albany, New York
*Rev. A. Joseph Bissonette '54, MA '63 (posthumous) - Former Pastor, St. Bartholomew Church
*Sister Barbara Ciarico, MS '68, RSM - President, Trocaire College
*Donald M. Clark '50, MA '52 - President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association for Industry-Education Cooperation
*Ronald F. Poe '59 - Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Dorman & Wilson, Inc.
*Richard E. Winter '42 - President and Chief Executive Officer, Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Inc.
*Anthony J. Colucci, Jr. '55, Esq. - Senior Managing Attorney, Block & Colucci, P.C.
*Robert J. Hall '47, MD - Director, Cardiology Education Texas Heart Institute/St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital
Elizabeth Macdonald '84 - Financial Editor, Worth Magazine
*Rev. Robert Wurtz '54 - Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Institutions
Richard A. DiVita '55 - President/CEO, DiVita Group of Companies
*Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD -Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Oral Biology Dept. State University of New York at Buffalo
Elizabeth N. Kolber '72 - Vice President of Merrill Lynch - Pierce, Fenner and Smith
Michael M. Orzel '79 - Advocate, Niagara Frontier Center for Independent Living, Inc.
William M. Skretny '66 - U.S. District Court Judge, Western District of New York
Carolyn E. Billingslea '75 - Field Services Liaison Director of the IRS, Dallas
J. Jerry Castiglia '55 - President and Chief Executive Officer, Pratt & Lambert
*Hon. James B. Kane Jr. '48 - Supreme Court Justice, State of New York
Karen (Wasielewski) Makowski '77 - Executive Vice President, Key Bank, Albany, NY
*Leonard P. Markert Jr. '49 - Chairman, Edward Joy Company, Syracuse, NY
Hon. Dale M. Volker '63 - Senator, State of New York
Erik L. Brady '76 - Sports Reporter, USA Today
Robert M. Greene '66 - CEO and Managing Partner, Phillips Blaine & Huber
*Milford C. Maloney '47, MD - Chairman, Department of Medicine, Mercy Hospital
Peter P. Zaleski '60 - President and CEO, Key Bank
Rosemary A. Ligotti '70 - Senior Vice President, Moors and Cabot, Inc.
*Minot H. Ortolani '51 - Executive Director, Buffalo Zoological Society
*Thomas A. Raab '73, MD - Chief of Infectious Disease, Mercy Hospital, Buffalo
John L. Strauss '61 - Partner, BHM & Strauss, Inc.
*Rick Azar Carballada '50 - Former Sports Director, WKBW-TV
Karen L. Mize '78 - Vice President for Marketing and Sales, New Boston Garden Corp.
*Donald Pinkel '47, MD - Chief of Pediatric Leukemia, Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, University of Texas
John W. Rowe '66, MD - Gerontologist and President of Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NYC
*John J. Calabro '47, MD - Former Director of Rheumatology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
*J. Francis Drea '55 – Chairman, Ontario Racing Commission
*Rev. Leonard G. Hacker '35, SJ - Jesuit Missionary, Marshall Islands, Philippines
*James M. Lanz '38, MA '47 - Executive Vice President, Trocaire College
John P. Courtney '58 – President, Computer Task Group
Hon. John J.
*Joseph T. Murray '51 - Manager/Director, Suc Buffalo
Hon. Henry J. Nowak '57 - Former Congressman/Bank Director/Attorney, Marine Midland Bank
*Judge H. Buswell Roberts '38 - Chief Judge, Buffalo City Court
*John W. Condon, Jr. '47 – President, Condon, Sedita and Latona Law Firm
*Sister M. Carmina Coppola '52 – President, Trocaire College
*William D. Hassett, Jr. '57 – President, W.D. Hassett, Inc.
*Rev. Paul R.
Salvatore R. Martoche '62 – Partner, Hiscock and Barclay Law Firm
*William J. Walsh '51 - Former President, RCA Australia
*Orval M. Adam '53 - Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, SanteFe/Southern Pacific Corporation
*Hon. John T. Curtin '46 - Federal District Judge
*Dr. Thomas J. Dougherty '55 - Cancer Research Scientist, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
*Paul G. Gassman '57, PhD - Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, former Alfred F. Sloan Foundation Fellow
*Raymond W. Manuszewski '51 – Chairman, Manufacturers Hanover
*Anthony C. Rocco '48 - Vice Development/Sales, ABC Television Network
*Michael D. Barrett '65 - Financier
*M. Jane Dickman '46, CPA – Partner, Touche Ross & Company
*Francis D. Flanagan '33 - Vice President and Chief Lobbyist, W. R. Grace & Co.
*George M. Martin '42 - Executive Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Canisius University
*Nelson Reavey-Cantwell '45, MD - Professor of Medicine and Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
Paul A. Willax '61 - President and Chief Executive Officer, Empire Savings of America
*Rev. James M.
Mary Ann Lauricella '68 - Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs, State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles
*James T. Molloy '58 – Doorkeeper, U. S. House of Representatives
*George E. Schreiner '43, MD - Director of Nephrology, Georgetown University Hospital
Sharon R. Tolbert '68, PhD - Vice President for Institutional Advancement, St. Catherine's College
Brigadier General Robert B. Adams '55 - Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Finance & Accounting Center
*Hon. Michael F. Dillon '50 - Judge, Appellate Division, New York State Supreme Court
*Leo R. Futia '40, CLU - Chairman of the Board, Guardian Life Insurance Company
*Hon. Walter J. Mahoney '30 - Retired Judge, Appellate Division, New York State Supreme Court; former President & Majority Leader, New York State Senate
*William H. McFarland '29 - Chairman of the Board Emeritus, McFarland-Johnson Engineers, Inc.
Elaine F. Sciolino '70 - Rome Bureau Chief, Newsweek Magazine
Robert J. Slater '59 – President, Crane Co.
R. Carlos Carballada '56 - President & Chief Executive Officer, Citizen's Central Bank
Eugene F. Jankowski '55 – President, CBS Broadcast Group
*Robert A. MacKinnon '50 - General Manager, New Jersey Nets
*Sister Mary Pachomia '38 - Retired President, Villa Maria College
*Arthur J. Schaefer '43, MD - Eye physician and surgeon
*J. Norman Hayes '36, PhD – Superintendent, Lancaster Central School District
*Peter Poth '50, CPA - Managing Partner, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
*Marjorie (Sara) Quinlan '74 - Art History Instructor, Canisius University
Paul D. Weiss '61 – Founder, Los Ninos
*Deacon John G. Wick '49 - President, Merchants Mutual Insurance Company
*Hon. Matthew J. Jasen '37 – Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
*Joseph D. Godfrey '27, MD - President, Godfrey Orthopedic Group, P.C.
*Dr. Charles A. Brady '33 - Writer, Critic, Professor Emeritus, Canisius University
J. Michael Collins '57 – President, WNED-TV
*Rt. Rev. John J. Conniff '46 - Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Buffalo
*Hon. Charles S. Desmond '17 - Former Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
*Henry J. Osinski '35 - Vice President, M & T Bank - Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co.
*Hon. Frank A. Sedita '30 - Former Mayor, City of Buffalo