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Saint Xavier University recognizes outstanding alums

Ceremony held during Homecoming and Reunion Week

Chicago (Sept. 25, 2006) – Five alumni and one faculty member at Saint Xavier University were recently recognized for their personal and professional accomplishments that support the University’s core values.

Those recognized were alumni Brian Fogarty ’96 of Homewood; Anna Ortigara ’77 of Tinley Park; Sister Lily A. Quintos, R.C. ’96, currently of Quezon City, Philippines; Claudette T. Dwyer, Ph.D., ’54 of Blue Island; and Amy McKee ’97 of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood. Judith R. Hiltner, Ph.D., associate dean of arts and sciences, of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, received the Faculty Recognition Award.  

Fogarty received the School of Education’s McGuire Award for his passion for teaching, concern for his students and motivation to improve educational services. The award celebrates the characteristics of former Education Center Director George K. McGuire, who was known as a caring and humane person, a thoughtful speaker, a focused listener and a generous teacher. Fogarty is assistant principal at Meadow Ridge School in Orland Park. 

Ortigara was honored with the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award for her 26 years of dedicated work in the field of gerontology and Alzheimer’s disease. Ortigara is currently vice president of the Campaign for Culture Change at Life Services Network in Hinsdale. The Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award recognizes a School of Nursing alumnus who demonstrates outstanding commitment to patients or clients, uses innovative approaches to health care and enhances the future of nursing through research and scholarship.

Quintos was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for personal and professional achievements by alumni who reflect the ideals of Saint Xavier. Quintos was the first graduate of the master’s program in theology at Saint Xavier and continued her studies at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. She worked with the late Jaime Cardinal Sin to help the poor and oppressed in the Philippines and is recognized as the first female theologian of Asia.  

Dwyer received the Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon Award for serving as an exemplary volunteer and supporter of the University’s endeavors. Recipients of this award embody the values of the Sisters of Mercy in pursuit of opening new doors to Saint Xavier students. Dwyer’s involvement and dedication to Saint Xavier University began more than 50 years ago, having served as a student, faculty member, administrator and team member for the 1966 John XXIII Symposium. Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon was one of Saint Francis Xavier College for Women’s first graduates in 1919.

McKee was awarded the Faith in the Future Award for exhibiting Saint Xavier’s core values of service, leadership, lifelong learning and spirituality. For the past five years, McKee has taught disabled students at Walter S. Christopher School in Chicago and garnered four Oppenheimer Grants to transform the school auditorium, home arts room, four main hallways and school cafeteria with her colorful artwork. The Faith in the Future Award is presented to a student who graduated within10 years who has achieved outstanding personal, professional or social accomplishments. 

Hiltner received the Faculty Recognition Award for her personal, professional and social accomplishments that reflect the ideals of the University. Since 1991, Hiltner has served as a professor of English, associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Undergraduate Honors Program. The association recognizes a faculty member who has served the university for at least five years and exhibits values of service, leadership, spirituality and commitment to student welfare. 

For more information on the award winners, please contact Alumni and Parent Relations at (773) 298-3316.


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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