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
Service and Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
degree from the College. Current Holy Cross trustees are
not eligible while in service on the board.
nominations and selections committee will review the nominees’ credentials
and make recommendations to the provost. The committee is comprised of the
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.