The General Alumni Association has announced
this year’s recipients of the In Hoc Signo Award.
Gerald M. Earls ’40, Richard F. Gibbons ’60
and Michael H. Shanahan ’78 have been selected to
receive the Association’s highest honor, presented
for service, dedication and devotion to the College.
Gerald M. Earls ’40 has been a tireless
supporter of Holy Cross for the last 60 years. He has
been a class agent for the past 20 years. A member of
the President’s Council, he has also been a faithful
member of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester. He has served
on the board of directors and on the finance committee
of Catholic Charities and has held leadership positions
with the Worcester County Food Bank, the Worcester County
Emergency Food and Shelter and the Southbridge School
Earls is the retired treasurer of the American Optical Corp. He and his wife,
Constance, reside in Southbridge, Mass. They are the parents of six children:
Barbara, James ’71, John, Monica ’77, Richard ’78 and Garrett.
Richard F. Gibbons ’60 has served
alternately as president and treasurer of the Holy Cross
Club of Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. He has
also served several terms as a member of the General Alumni
Association’s board of directors. Following his
graduation from Holy Cross, Gibbons served five years
in the Navy, then joined the accounting firm of Touche,
Ross. After receiving an MBA from the University of Maryland,
he taught at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He
has been a member of that university’s board of
trustees since 1971, and served as president or treasurer
of the board at various times over the last six years.
Gibbons maintains an accounting and financial-planning practice in Tysons Corner,
Va. He resides in Oakton, Va., with his wife, Jane. They are the parents of four
children, including Joseph ’86 and Richard ’84.
H. Shanahan ’78 has dedicated his time and energy to serving both his
alma mater and his community over the last 20 years. While a student at Holy
Cross, he was co-chairman of the Student Government Association. He has been
the co-chairman of the Class of 1978 since 1983, and has served as treasurer
of the General Alumni Association, where he also served on the finance, executive
and nominating committees. Shanahan is a member of the President’s Council
and received the Crusader of the Year Award in 1992 and the Haberlin Award
in 1994. Within his community, Shanahan has served as treasurer and in various
other capacities for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Greater Lynn Community
Fund and the Marblehead Youth Soccer Association.
A managing partner of Egan-Managed Capital, a Boston venture capital firm, Shanahan
and his wife, Mary, are the parents of four children: Ted, Mike, Elizabeth and