The third annual Sanctae Crucis Awards, the highest non-degree
recognition bestowed by the College on an alumnus or alumna,
were presented at the Board of Trustees’ dinner on
May 5. 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, Richard
F. Kempczinski, M.D., ’62; Paul A. LaCamera ’64;
and Theodore V. Wells Jr. ’72.
Service category, William M. Murphy ’73.
Young Alumnus/Alumna award was presented to the husband-and-wife
team of James J. Collins Jr. ’87 and Mary McNaughton
Collins, M.D., ’87.
Richard F. Kempczinski, M.D., ’62, is a widely recognized vascular surgeon
who, five years ago, suffered a tragic accident that left him paralyzed. He has
continued his scholarly contributions to the field and is the Web master for
the Vascular Society.
Paul A. LaCamera ’64 is the president and general manager of WCVB-TV Channel
5 in Boston. He was recently recognized by the Anti-Defamation League with the
Torch of Liberty Award for his inspired leadership, commitment to democratic
ideals and his many notable contributions to the Boston community.
Theodore V. Wells Jr. ’72 is the co-chair of the litigation department
at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. The National
Journal has repeatedly selected him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers
William M. Murphy ’73 is the co-founder and director of Mary House in Washington,
D.C. He and his wife have committed their lives to serving as advocates for the
less fortunate. They operate 10 buildings that provide housing and other services
for 30 families.
James J. Collins Jr. ’87 was recognized this year as one of the 100 most
remarkable innovators (under age 35) in science, technology and the arts, by
Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation. His research and applications
of stochastic resonance are opening the way to sensory prosthetics for touch-impaired
diabetics, stroke patients and the elderly.
Mary McNaughton Collins ’87 is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital,
where she specializes in prostate diseases. She is also an instructor of medicine
at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests are in the areas of prostate
diseases and technology assessment for minimally invasive therapies.
Chair of the College’s board of trustees, Henry E. “Jack” Lentz ’67,
also honored Frank Vellaccio, for his two years of service as acting president.