Ad Laudem Dei

The Ad Laudem Dei award recognizes alumnae/i of distinguished achievement whose professional lives are of national significance and illustrate that service is not only an activity, but an approach to the responsibilities of work. Nominations are sought annually from alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and friends of the College.

The award is presented to individuals who have made lasting contributions to the areas of economics, business, and government; medicine and science; and arts, humanities, religion, and education. Award recipients embody the spirit of charity synonymous with the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s philosophy of giving back.

2016

Teresa Paterniani Cooper ’59Teresa Paterniani Cooper ’59 worked with countless children, immigrants, and underprivileged families in San Diego city schools, hospitals, and beyond. For 20 years, she traveled weekly to Tijuana, Mexico to clinics serving refugees, migrants, and children. She spearheaded numerous training programs on maternal outreach to teenage mothers in the San Diego region, which has changed lives and created new models of effective practice in health and social service.
Beatrice Chao Lee ’54Beatrice Chao Lee ’54 is devoted to preserving Chinese culture. Together with her husband, she worked to provide the first available resources for the Chinese-American community throughout Boston. They founded the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, the Chinese Language School, and the Chinese Family Group, the longest-running Chinese camp still in existence today.

2013

Kathleen Butler ’74Kathleen Butler ’74 has held senior executive positions at IBM throughout her four-decade career, including vice president for global sales and technical support and vice president of client process transformation. Her leadership at IBM included the launch of “One IBM,” a unified system to provide better service for customers and business partners.
Sylvia Christakos, Ph.D. ’67Sylvia Christakos, Ph.D. ’67 leads one of the country’s foremost laboratories in vitamin D research and has served as researcher and professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School since 1981. Her research has proven the relationships between vitamin D and its receptor on the expression of genes responsible for calcium balance, autoimmune inflammation, bone disorders, such as osteopenia and osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and paralysis.

2011

Nancy Harding, Ph.D. ’69Nancy Harding, Ph.D. ’69 is an inventor of genetically purified gellan gum, a food additive that has improved the quality of consumer milk and dairy products, and has helped create four other patented agents. Since 1981, she has served on the staff of CP Kelco U.S., Inc., a leader in the production of polysaccharides by microbial fermentation, extraction from land and sea plants, and modification of cellulose-based raw materials.
Sophia Yan Liu, Ph.D. ’69Sophia Yan Liu, Ph.D. ’69 has served as manager for regulatory affairs at ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical research and development firm owned by Johnson & Johnson. Her research has contributed to the development of new pesticides and consumer products, while her work has yielded multiple United States patents, including one for an agent that results in safer plastics.

2010

Catherine A. Mazzola, M.D. ’90Catherine A. Mazzola, M.D. ’90 is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, as well as the founder of the Craniofacial Center, the Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumor Center, and the Spasticity and Gait Disorder Center of Goryeb Children’s Hospital of the Atlantic Health System (AHS). She is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.
Mary Edward Zipf, S.C. ’62Mary Edward Zipf, S.C. ’62 is Professor Emerita of Biology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She earned her degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the Mount, received a master’s degree in biological sciences from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Maryland. She has been an educator for more than 50 years, 41 of which she has spent at the Mount.

2009

Rosemary Fath Steel ’50Rosemary Fath Steel ’50 managed her family business, KA Steel Chemical Inc., as Chairman of the Board, transforming the company into the largest distributor of water purification chemicals in the Midwest. She is also a member of the Committee of 200, a collective of prominent women business owners. Mrs. Steel is also a member of the International Group of Business Women Executives and Owners.
Chinyee Ho Sung ’51Chinyee Ho Sung ’51 is an internationally recognized artist whose works have been honored by UNICEF and by the U.S. Department of State. She established the Chinyee Art Studio in Dobbs Ferry, New York in 1988 and received Manhattan Arts Magazine‘s “Artist of the Ninety’s” title in 1989.

2008

Margaret A. Dames, Ed.D. ’65Margaret A. Dames, Ed.D. ’65 is Archdiocesan Superintendent of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Newark. She is responsible for “Lighting the Way,” an initiative to build a new era for Catholic elementary education. Dr. Dames previously served as Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport. In this role, she revitalized the 38 schools of the Diocese, ensuring the academic and financial future of an educational program serving approximately 11,000 students Pre-K through 12.
Hon. Miriam Naveira de Rodon ’56Hon. Miriam Naveira de Rodon ’56 is the first woman in Puerto Rico to be named Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Antitrust Laws. She later became Solicitor General, arguing cases to the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. In 1985, she was named Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, a significant achievement for all women in the Commonwealth. Hon. Naveira de Rodon is the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, the highest position in this branch of government.
Julianne Imperato-McGinley, M.D. ’61Julianne Imperato-McGinley, M.D. ’61 discovered the role of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in normal human growth and its contribution to prostate enlargement, hair loss, and acne in the 1970s. This discovery led to the development of Finasteride, a drug produced by Merck & Co. to remedy prostate enlargement and the first rationally-designed oral medication for hair loss. Her research in androgen physiology was the first to challenge the once widely-held view that gender identity developed through the social environment.

2007 

Mary Frances Barrett ’70Mary Frances Barrett ’70 is former CEO of Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester, Inc. and Chair of the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s President’s Associates. After earning a B.A. in English from the Mount and an M.A. in English from Manhattan College, she worked with the executives of a nursing home in Yonkers. She later earned an M.A. in Health Administration from Iona College, which enabled her to move up in the executive ladder.
Eileen Daly Chusid ’62Eileen Daly Chusid ’62 is Dean and Associate Professor of Pre-Clinical Sciences, and Director of Institutional Research at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She also has an academic appointment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she earned her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. She has been deeply involved in HIV/AIDS research in both children and adults.
Virginia LiVolsi, M.D. ’65Virginia LiVolsi, M.D. ’65 is Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Quality Improvement, Anatomic Pathology; Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and Professor of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical expertise is in thyroid and gynecologic cancer, and her research focuses on tumor markers, growth factors, receptors, and oncogenes in thyroid neoplasms and their prognostic implications.

2006

Mary C. Segers, Ph.D. ’61Mary C. Segers, Ph.D. ’61 is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has served as the Fulbright Senior Specialist and as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She was also a Henry Luce Fellow in Theology and a Ford Foundation Fellow in Women’s Studies in Religion at the Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University. She has written several books and articles concerning religion and politics and women in politics.

2005

Gail Vance Civille ’65Gail Vance Civille ’65 is the founder and president of Sensory Spectrum Inc. and has pioneered advanced sensory evaluation and consumer product research for industry, education, and the government. Her development of flavor, texture, fragrance, Skinfeel and Fabricfeel Spectrum Descriptive methodology is the basis for analytical tools in sensory science. She has advised business leaders in numerous industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and fabrics. She is also an accomplished author and educator in the study of sensory evaluation.
Hon. Judith A. Hard ’79Hon. Judith A. Hard ’79 has served on New York State Court of Claims since 2002. Judge Hard has held positions with the New York State Senate and Assembly, serving as a legislative analyst and counsel to the Senate Minority Leader. Formerly, she served as assistant counsel and later first deputy counsel to Governor George Pataki. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.

2004

Mary Wat Trucksess, Ph.D. ’61Mary Wat Trucksess, Ph.D. ’61 is a research chemist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition) and an international expert on mycotoxin analysis. She was awarded the Harvey W. Wiley Award, the Association of Analytical Communities’ highest scientific honor, in 2004.

2003

Zenobia V. Fox, Ph.D. ’61Zenobia V. Fox, Ph.D. ’61 served as a professor at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, New Jersey for many years, where she left a mark through her work on lay ministry, both within and beyond the traditions of the Catholic Church. Her work as a theologian examines sociological trends that define some of the challenges of contemporary faith and the challenges facing the institutional church.
Elizabeth Jane Rock, Ph.D. ’46Elizabeth Jane Rock, Ph.D. ’46 is a retired professor of chemistry at Wellesley College, where she was named the first recipient of the Arthur J. and Nellie Z. Cohen Professorship. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles in chemistry, physical chemistry, and thermodynamics, and served as consultant to the Instrumentation Laboratory at M.I.T. Additionally, she was a visiting professor in the Inorganic Laboratory at Oxford University with a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship.
Thomas P. Doyle, Esq. ’82 serves as a special agent in charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Internal Affairs. His work in the FDA’s investigation of the tobacco industry was featured in former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, M.D.’s 2001 book A Question of Intent.

2002

Matthew Arduino, Dr.P.H. ’79Matthew Arduino, Dr.P.H. ’79 is chief of Clinical and Environmental Microbiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. His work includes applying microbiological sciences to infection prevention in healthcare settings. He is an expert in environmental infection control, environmental microbiology, dialysis-associated diseases, healthcare-associated infections, disinfection, sterilization, and water treatment. He has authored or co-authored 147 scientific articles, nine book chapters, three training manuals, and contributed to 20 articles published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Joan E. Donovan ’48 served as senior advisor and first vice president of Merrill Lynch. She was also treasurer of and continues to serve the Navy League, an organization that fosters and maintains interest in a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Corps as integral parts of national defense.
Joan M. Squires ’73Joan M. Squires ’73 is the executive vice president of the Office of Technology at Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, where she manages all of the company’s information technology systems. Additionally, she is active in numerous civic and humanitarian organizations, such as the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center, the American Cancer Society, Concern Worldwide, and the United Way. She has served on the national board of Girls, Inc., a national nonprofit supporting the development of young women.