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Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

For national or international achievements

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor accorded by the Alumni Association and recognizes a graduate of the University of Dayton who has earned special distinction, thereby reflecting great honor on the University of Dayton and its alumni.

The award is given to a person who has sustained a record of accomplishment and whose reputation is widespread.

In selecting the distinguished alumni, special attention shall be given to the accomplishments that embody the University’s goal to participate effectively in the quest for a more perfect human society. To be eligible, a person must hold a degree from the University of Dayton, and must have received the degree at least 25 years prior to being nominated for the award. Unless there is a compelling reason to merit an exception, only one award will be given each year.

L. William "Bill" Crotty `52

L. William "Bill" Crotty `52
L. William "Bill" Crotty `52

A 1952 graduate of the University of Dayton, Bill Crotty has spent his life giving back to the community and to his alma mater. Bill joined the family business of Van Dyne Crotty while still a student at UD and became chair and CEO in 1977. Van Dyne Crotty was one of the top 10 uniform companies in the country, as well as one of the top five privately owned companies.

Bill also served his country as a Marine from 1946 to 1948 (prior to entering UD), and the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1953.

Bill and his late wife Marilyn (he says marrying her was his smartest decision ever) hold a place among the most esteemed philanthropists in Dayton. Their relationship with their alma mater has been extensive and generous. The Crotty gifts to the School of Business Administration established the Crotty Center in Entrepreneurial Leadership and they have provided additional support in the ensuing years. His gifts as well as his business talents have elevated the national reputation and profile of the School and the University.

The Crotty Center has consistently been named one of the top entrepreneurial programs in the country, providing students with the ability to learn, grow and thrive. Bill served on the University’s board of trustees from 1980-1989, and is currently an honorary trustee. He also served as an honorary board member of the Call to Lead campaign, the University’s last comprehensive campaign.

And perhaps most importantly, Bill is a UD parent and grandparent.

Past Recipients

Katherine Schipper '71
Richard A. Abdoo '65
John B. Alexander '25
Paul W. Armstrong '67
Edwin G. Becker '14
Lori Hinnenkamp Beer '89
Erma F. Bombeck '49
David Bradley '71
Ricardo Bressani, Ph.D. '48
Edward L. Buescher '45
Simon Burick '30
Doris I. Charles '52
Ronald W. Collins '57
John E. Condon '51
Carl J. Crane '24
Richard P. Davis '72
Ralph D. Delaney '55
Joseph Desch '29 (posthumously awarded)
Eileen Dolan '79
Dr. Sean Donahue '84
F. Thomas Eggemeier '67
Richard H. Finan '54
Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M. '64
George E. Freitas '29
Thomas J. Frericks '53
Donald R. Geiger, S.M. '55
William E. Hammer, Jr. '62
James C. Herbert '63
Martin J. Hillenbrand '37
Carroll A. Hochwalt '20
George K. Houghtailing '29
Howard L. Hughes, S.M. '51
Cordell W. Hull '56
Clement G. Jauch '08
Soichi Kawazoe '30
Joseph E. Keller '29
Thomas C. Kennedy '59
Donald M. Knowlan '51
John L. Lahey '68, '70
Frank F. Ledford, Jr. '55
John A. Lombardo '71
John J. Lucier, S.M. '37
Peter A. Luongo '65
John T. Makley '57
Torrence A. Makley, Jr. '40
Al H. Mahrt '12
M. Michele Mariscalco, M.D. '77
Lourdes Maurice, Ph.D. '83, '86
Paul V. McEnroe '59
John F. McHale '78
Theodore Q. Miller '68
Simon Nathan '42
Colombe Nicholas '64
Charles H. Noll '53
John L. O'Grady '68
Joseph D. Park '29
Charles J. Pedersen '26
David Phillips '62
Shirley A. Pohl '57
Rita M. Rapp '50
Irmengard Raush '55
Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. '36
Col. Gordon R. Roberts '74
Dr. Richard M. Schoen '72
Sanford M. Shapero '50
Katherine Schipper '71
Barry J. Shillito '49
James R. Spotila '66
Eugene Steuerle '68
George E. Thoma '43
Fred Tenover, Ph.D. '76
Charles L. Weber '58
John R. Westerheide '47
Charles W. Whalen, Jr. '42
Bernard L. Whelan '09
Donald W. Wigal '55
Charles R. Wilke '40


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