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Christian Service Award

Christian Service Award

For living out the Marianist ideals in today's society

The Christian Service Award is presented to alumni whose life’s work best reflects the unique quality of service and sacrifice to others, consistent with the Marianist identity of the University of Dayton.

It is given to a graduate who has devoted their life in service to others, who affirms the fullness and complexity of human existence, who appreciates social justice and who brings about changes that make it more possible to live the Marianist ideal in contemporary society.

This award celebrates the rare alumnus whose life is devoted to extraordinary self-sacrifice for the benefit of others. To be eligible, a person must be a degree holder from the University of Dayton. The alumni board anticipates that this award will only be given when, from the pool of nominations for Alumni Awards, an individual clearly meets the criteria for the award. Unless there is a compelling reason to warrant an exception, only one award will be presented in any given year.

Richard "Dick" Glennon `50

Richard "Dick" Glennon `50
Richard "Dick" Glennon `50

The Catholic and Marianist values that Dick Glennon learned as an undergraduate student at UD have guided him his entire life. Serving the community, demonstrating the highest ethics in very successful businesses and supporting Catholic education in the community are just a few of the ways Dick lives the Marianist culture of leadership and service.

Dick and his late wife Mary established, through the Glennon Family Foundation, the Glennon Symposium at the University. The symposium, part of the Center for the Integration of Faith and Work, brings annually to campus a distinguished speaker on business ethics, with the goal of producing graduates who are not only recognized for their practical wisdom but who also understand the religious and spiritual dimensions of the workplace.

Dick earned a Bachelor of Arts from UD in 1950 and was a member of the board of trustees serving two terms, 1979-1988 and 1989-1998. He was a member of the honorary Call to Lead committee during UD’s last comprehensive campaign.

Dick is a retired entrepreneur having founded several successful medical technology companies. And not to be taken lightly, he is a UD parent and grandparent.

Past Recipients

Ruth Beckman ’57
Tony J. Brunswick '97
Sr. Constance J. Clark '66, '68
Blane Collison '84
Peter W. Daino, S.M. '81
Paul M. Engle '43
Daniel R. Fiehrer, D.D.S. '62
Theresa Flores '07
Barbara J. Fraser '78
The Rev. J.D. Grigsby Jr. '73
Timothy M. Harris '79
Christina Herold Hill '68
William J. Hoben '50
Philip C. Hoelle, S.M. '33
Laura Jean Libertore '83
William Lorenz '84
Richard McBride '57
Catherine Mary O'Brien '84
Claire Tierney Pfleger '78
Richard J. Pfleger '77
Timothy F. Phillips, S.M. '69
Jim Place ’69, ’72
Toni Prasnikar Moore, PH.D. '68, '87, '99
Bill Ricco '58
Maria L. Scharfenberger '86
Michael Schulz '07
John M. Spellman '65
Sr. Rosemary Wach S.N.D. '58
Sr. Rose H. Wildenhaus, C.P.P.S. '65
Denise Zaccardi '70


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