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College of Mount Saint Vincent Honors Noteworthy Alumnae/i


The Ad Laudem Dei award is presented to individuals whose business or professional lives are of national significance and illustrate that service is not only an activity but also an approach to the responsibilities of the work. Awards are given each year in the areas of Economics, Business and Government; Medicine and Science; and Arts, Humanities, Religion and Education. The honorees for the 2009 awards are industrialist Rosemary Fath Steel, class of 1950, and international artist Chinyee Ho Sung, class of 1951.

After the death of her husband, Rosemary Fath Steel took over the family business, KA Steel Chemical Inc.  As Chairman of the Board, she managed to build KA Steel Chemical Inc. into the largest distributor of water purification chemicals in the Midwest. Mrs. Steel has exhibited accomplishments in the fields of Economics and Business.  As a student at the Mount, she majored in social science with a minor in English.  She is a member of the Committee of 200, which is an organization of women business owners that hand picks successful individuals to join their existing ranks. Mrs. Steel is also a member of the International Group of Business Women Executives and Owners.

Chinyee Ho Sung was born in Nanjing, China. Her family was forced to seek refuge in Chongqing during the Sino-Japanese War. There she began her education and later received a scholarship to the College of Mount Saint Vincent where she graduated with a B.A, in fine arts.  Chinyee’s works have been honored by UNICEF and by the U.S. Department of State. She is recognized internationally as an inspirational artist whose works are accomplished examples of lyrical abstractions. In 1988 Chinyee established the Chinyee Art Studio in Dobbs Ferry, New York and in 1989 Manhattan Arts Magazine named Chinyee “Artist of the Ninety’s.”

The Ad Laudem Dei awards will be bestowed at a reception for recipients and the President’s Associates at 6:00 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room on October 27.  The President’s Associates are a group of Alumnae/i who donate $1,000 or more each year to the College.