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Sanctae Crucis Awards 2001 presented

The fourth annual Sanctae Crucis Awards, the highest nondegree recognition bestowed by the College on an alumnus or alumna, were presented on May 4. Awards are given in three distinct categories—Distinguished Professional Achievement, Outstanding Community Service and Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna. 

This year’s recipients are: Distinguished Professional Achievement category, David B. Perini ’59 and William J. Williams Jr. ’58. Outstanding Community Service category, Harvey G. Clermont, M.D., ’61. Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna category, Loren Ferré Rangel ’92 and Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89

David B. Perini ’59 has served as director, president and chief executive officer of Perini Corp., a family-operated construction and management concern. Under his guidance, Perini Corp. realized consistent annual contract awards in excess of $1 billion. Recently, Perini has turned his attention to the public sector, becoming chairman emeritus at Perini Corp. and accepting a gubernatorial appointment as commissioner of the executive office for the division of capital asset management. President of the Perini Memorial Foundation, he was co-chair, with his wife, Eileen, of the 1995 Cardinal’s Appeal. He has been a trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Overseer of South Shore Hospital. He is the founder of The David B. Perini Jr. Quality of Life Clinic. Named in memory of his son, David Jr., the facility provides medical, educational, and psychosocial services to survivors of childhood cancer.

William J. Williams Jr. ’58 has been a partner in the prominent law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell since 1969. An expert in the field of securities law, he has advised on securities offerings by issuers from five continents. He is currently chairman of the Task Force on Review of the Federal Securities Laws of the American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee. In 1989-91, he helped the Polish government develop a regulatory framework for its new capital market. As a result, he has advised or participated in programs on capital market regulation in Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Vietnam. In 1998, Egypt’s Ministry of Economy hired him to review and recommend changes in its capital market laws. Williams is also a former general counsel, secretary, vice president and president of the United States Golf Association (USGA). As chairman of its Rules of Golf Committee in 1980-84, he initiated and led a project with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) to reorganize and rewrite the Rules of Golf that apply to all players around the world and to consolidate the separate decisions services of the USGA and R&A. A member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees for eight years, Williams has been a trustee of the New York University Law School Foundation for 24 years. He is currently vice chairman of the board of Sofia American Schools, which operates a high school for Bulgarian girls and boys in Sofia. 

Harvey G. Clermont, M.D., ’61 is a general and vascular surgeon who has served on countless boards and committees and has won numerous awards—including the University of Massachusetts Surgical Teacher of the Year and the University’ Gentleman in Surgery Award. Inspired by Dr. Tom Dooley, whom he heard lecture at Holy Cross, Clermont founded the local branch of Heal the Children, an international organization that sends doctors to Third World countries. In 1986, he founded C.H.A.N.G.E (Children’s Health Care and Nutritional Goals Through Education), an organization that has brought sick and malnourished children from around the world to Central Massachusetts, where they were cared for by local families while receiving free medical aid. In 1996, Clermont founded the St. Anne’s Free Medical Program, which treats those in need, whether they reside next door or in Africa, Brazil or Vietnam. Clermont and his wife, Ann Marie, are the parents of 10 children. Over the years, they have provided care and shelter to 30 foster children. 

Loren Ferré Rangel ’92 and Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89 are, respectively, special projects manager and vice president of El Nuevo Día, the largest daily newspaper in Puerto Rico. Last year, the sisters launched a new publication, Primera Hora, and founded a commercial printing company that utilizes state-of-the-art technologies. At the same time, they brought their flagship paper to the World Wide Web. El Nuevo Día now receives 40 million “hits” a month. Their Internet success led them to form zonai.com, a family owned and operated portal. They have also recently founded a newspaper recycling business. 

Sanctae Crucis Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the Sanctae Crucis Awards, the highest nondegree recognition bestowed by the College on an alumnus or alumna. 

The Holy Cross Mission Statement is the foundation for the awards, which are presented in three categories:

  • Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement: for an alumnus/alumna “who, as a leader in business, professional or civic life, lives by the highest intellectual and ethical standards …” The alumnus/alumna is widely recognized by colleagues as greatly accomplished in his/her field. The individual’s private business or professional affairs are imbued with hard work, integrity and Judeo-Christian principles reflecting honor and glory on Holy Cross. 
  • Award for Outstanding Community Service: for an alumnus/alumna who “seeks to exemplify the long-standing dedication of the Society of Jesus to the intellectual life and its commitment to the service of faith and promotion of justice …” The individual performs outstanding and praiseworthy service in the interests of humanity and reflects honor and glory on the College. 
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award: awarded to an alumnus/alumna under age 40, who has already demonstrated a promising degree of worthy accomplishment. He or she is “open to new ideas, patient with ambiguity and uncertainty and combines a passion for truth with respect for the views of others …” The individual has achieved outstanding personal or professional accomplishments that reflect honor and glory on the College. 

Nominations must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by Jan. 1, 2002. In order to be eligible for nomination, individuals must be Holy Cross graduates who have not received an honorary degree from the College. Current Holy Cross trustees are not eligible while in service on the board. 

The nominations and selections committee will review the nominees’ credentials and make recommendations to the provost. The committee is comprised of the provost, vice president for business affairs, College chaplain, director of public affairs, president of the General Alumni Association, and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees. 

The fourth annual Sanctae Crucis Awards ceremony will be held at the annual spring dinner meeting of the Board of Trustees.



Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89 and Loren Ferré Rangel ’92

Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89 and Loren Ferré Rangel ’92

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