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Extraordinary alumni

  • Quinlan School of Business

    One day, one hope

    A challenging childhood in the foster care system taught Theresa Dear (MUND ’90, MSIR ’99) that if you never give up, anything is possible
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  • Continuing and Professional Studies

    Breaking the cycle

    Alumnus Ken Cygan (BA '07) is helping to give inmates at DuPage County Jail a new lease on life
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Leading the (water) way

    George McGraw (BA ’09) works for water access in the U.S. and around the world
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  • Continuing and Professional Studies

    A giving heart

    An unconventional college path prepared Marie Ginther (BBA ’87) for an extraordinary life of service
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    Jailhouse doc

    Inside Cook County's jail, Dr. Tina Richardson (BA ’86, MD ’90) serves a patient population unlike any other
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  • School of Communication

    Taking the elevator to the top

    A chance conversation in an elevator, along with a strong foundation in marketing research, helped Maria Handberg (JFRC Fall ’11, BA ’13) become one of the top young professionals in her field
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  • Mundelein College

    Death becomes her

    Writer Maureen O’Donnell (MUND '79) found her true calling penning life stories on the Sun-Times obituary page
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  • School of Education

    Head of the class

    Teachers inspired Harry Rossi (EdD '85) to follow his dreams—and to follow in their footsteps
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  • Continuing and Professional Studies

    Finishing what he started

    More than 40 years after leaving college to support his family, Jay Woolf (BA '16) finally earned his Loyola degree
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  • School of Communication

    Paving the way to college

    Cassandra Gaddo (JFRC Fall ’03, BA ’05) helps young women become career-focused and college-bound
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Life in the fast lane

    Charles Whittingham’s (BS '51) incredible journey from Loyola to LIFE
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  • Niehoff School of Nursing

    Take risks, take action

    The philosophy she learned at Loyola has helped Damen Award recipient Sharon O’Keefe (MSN ’76) become a leader in health care
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    Cancer’s biggest enemy

    For nearly two decades, Richard Pazdur (MD '76) has been the country’s key figure in approving new cancer treatments, but when his wife was diagnosed with the dreaded disease his job took on a whole new meaning
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Service with a smile

    Sister Alicia Torres (BA ’07) wowed audiences on the Food Network, but a simple life of serving the community is the young nun’s true recipe for happiness
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    The future starts here

    One passionate principal is determined to make college a realistic goal for urban youth
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  • The Graduate School

    Urban trailblazer

    A passion for transforming cities fueled Beth White (MA '83) to lead a 10-year effort to create one of Chicago’s most innovative spaces
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Married to service

    Alumni Daniel (BA '09) and Beth (BA '10) Patton have made a lifelong commitment to one another—and to serving people in need
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Food for thought

    Loyola alum Terry Mason (BS '74) is working to improve community health by changing the way we eat
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  • Alumni in Action

    Acts of charity

    A group of young alumni are putting a new spin on the concept of community theater
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    In the right place at the right time

    When a natural disaster struck in Nepal, Andrew Trotter (MD '07) called upon the skills and experience he gained at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine to aid the emergency response
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  • Quinlan School of Business

    The possible dream

    A college degree may have seemed out of reach for Renée Suzanne Frodin (BBA ’97), but that didn’t stop her from trying
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Brewing with purpose

    Patrick Conway (JFRC '73-'74, BA '74), co-owner of Great Lakes Brewing Company, feels strongly about protecting the region where his company is rooted
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  • School of Communication

    Shedding light on darkness

    Susan Candiotti, CNN national correspondent, reports on events that shape our history.
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    A dream fulfilled

    Priest, physician, and educator Keith Muccino, S.J., (MD ’77) had multiple callings in life, so he chose to follow them all
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Health care from the heart

    Marian Adly (BA ’03, BS ’06) merges personal experiences in caretaking with her vision for health care
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    On a mission of mercy

    At home in Rome, dancer and mathematician Jacquelyn Pavilon (JFRC Spring ’10, BA ’12, BS ’12) found her true calling in providing support to refugees
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  • School of Communication

    Voice lessons

    Success on NBC’s hit singing competition set alum Jeffery Austin (BASC ’13) on a new career path
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    Air of generosity

    Physician, pilot, and alum Bob Munson (MD '85) and wife Pam are supporting the next generation of students at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    All in the family

    For third-generation Stritch School of Medicine alum Dr. Susan Scanlon (JFRC ’84-’85, MD ’91), providing exceptional health care is a family tradition
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  • School of Communication

    Immersed in service

    School of Communication alum Annemarie Barrett (BA '12) finds a second home serving in Bolivia
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  • School of Education

    All about attitude

    Kerry Obrist (BS ’91, MEd ’96), who is legally blind, works on behalf of others with disabilities
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Cycle of pride

    Loyola alum and avid bicyclist Charles Lafkas (BS ’94) found a unique way to show his Rambler spirit
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  • School of Law

    Host with the most

    Catherine De Orio (JD ’01) went from Loyola's law school to hosting the popular Chicago restaurant review show "Check, Please!"
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    A family tradition

    Coming from her family's cattle farm and a graduating high school class of 28, Jolett Rod (BS '13) took her turn in college while her brothers cared for her herd
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    The sky is no limit

    Civil rights advocate, lawyer, and World War II vet David James (PhB '49) has made a life of breaking barriers
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  • Quinlan School of Business

    Back to the soil

    Dave Miller (BS '75) and Stephen Rivard (BS '75, MD '79) founded Iroquois Valley Farms, which converts farmland back to an organic state.
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  • School of Law

    Going for the gold

    Donald “Taps” Gallagher (JD ’83) has spent $75,000 and eight years on an unusual quest: He hopes to secure duplicate gold medals for the US men’s basketball team that—officially—lost to the Soviet Union at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Shaped by water, expressed in song

    Kate Quinby’s life is defined by two songs on her debut album, Tribute to Water. The first is the title song, inspired by the spiritual feeling she experienced after visiting the breathtaking Sipi Waterfalls in Uganda. The second song, “Katrina,” recounts her memories of New Orleans, which she was forced to evacuate following the devastating hurricane.
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Making a difference in health care

    Carmen Velasquez (BS '63), founder of Alivio Medical Center, changed the face of health care in Chicago
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Art from the heart

    Teaching and building community through the arts
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  • Athletics

    Leader of the pack

    Shane Davis (BA ’03) took the volleyball team he once played for to the NCAA Championship—and won
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  • Quinlan School of Business

    Cardboard with a cause

    Through Give Back Box, Eduardo Barrientos (MBA ’13) helps consumers send items to charity free of charge
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Mind, body, and spirit

    A referee’s intense holistic training takes him to the World Cup
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  • School of Social Work

    Finding a silver lining

    Hollye Harrington Jacob's new book offers insight into breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery
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  • Quinlan School of Business

    A smart balance

    SmartWool president Mark Satkiewicz (MBA ’95) proves profits and purpose can mix in a competitive business climate
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Living in refuge, away from home

    Loyola senior interviews Syrian refugees in Jordan about their new way of life
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  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

    With truth and compassion

    Patricia Matuszek Drott (BSN '63) works to increase awareness and compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS
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  • Niehoff School of Nursing

    Corps values

    For Peace Corps volunteer Matthew Thielker, serving others is an international endeavor
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Helping people make healthy choices

    Monica Joyce (BS '73) has made a career out of helping people make healthy choices
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  • Quinlan School of Business

    Living the mission

    After a study abroad experience, an alumna now calls Cambodia home
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  • School of Law

    A woman for others

    For Kathleen F. Howlett (JD ’85, LLM ’94), a successful career in the law has been fueled by a passion for serving others
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Lighting the Way

    Owner, Square 1 Precision Lighting, Inc.
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    The stories she tells

    Lucia Mauro (JFRC ’85, BA ’86) was inspired to enter the world of filmmaking by a lifelong love of Rome—and a chance encounter while there
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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    What keeps him running

    Triple alumnus overcomes an injury to compete again
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  • Stritch School of Medicine

    Far afield

    Ruth Farrales Lindberg (MD '03) and Doug Lindberg (MD '03) spent three years running a hospital in the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal
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  • School of Social Work

    'Something I was meant to do'

    Teaching and living social work in Sierra Leone
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