Thomas J. Sheehy Distinguished Alumni Award
2017 – Rudolph Von Bernuth ‘62
Rudolph “Rudy” von Bernuth ’62 has worked in the field of humanitarian relief and international development for 45 years. He began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, and thereafter worked for CARE for twenty years before joining Save the Children. He retired from Save the Children in 2015. Prior to his retirement, he served as the International Program Director of Save the Children International in London, and before that as the Emergencies Program Director, in which position he had the overall responsibility for the humanitarian work of Save the Children International's 29 members. For many years, Rudy served as Vice President at Save the Children (US) for the Children in Emergencies and Crisis Department, where he supervised all the agency’s programs and policies related to emergency response, humanitarian assistance and food assistance. Since 2016, Rudy has been the president of the Board of Directors for Hospice and Palliative Care of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties. He also is a regular guest lecturer on humanitarian issues at Syracuse University's Maxwell School.
Rudy graduated from Columbia University in 1966 and attended one year of Fordham Law School, after which he joined the Peace Corps. Over his career, he has directed response efforts in Ethiopia, Bosnia, Croatia, Iraq, Rwanda, Sudan, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami response, among others. While Rudy held the position of Vice President of CARE, he coordinated major emergency initiatives throughout Africa. In 1996-7, he served as Executive Director of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, based in Geneva. He also served on USAID's Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance and was InterAction’s representative to the United Nation’s Department of Humanitarian Assistance as well as the co-chair of their Disaster Response Committee.
2016 – Terence S. Meehan ’66
Terry Meehan is the former Chairman of Fleet Meehan Specialist, Inc., the third largest specialist firm at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Terry was key in the formation and integrations of Fleet Boston Financial and the NYSE specialist firm M.J. Meehan & Co. Fleet Meehan Specialist made markets for over 400 listed companies, accounting for 30 percent of the Dow and 18 percent of the NYSE order flow. Terry, a former governor of the NYSE and very active in industry affairs, conceptualized, created and built the Specialist Association at the NYSE and served as its president from 1990 to 1995. He currently holds the position Chairman Emeritus. Terry has served as a Floor Governor on the NYSE and was a member of several NYSE committees and advisory boards.
Presently, Terry is Chairman & CEO of Azimuth Investment Management, a fund of hedge funds, as well as the Chairman of the Board of SupplyPro, an inventory management solutions company.
Terry is active on the boards of Bread for the World Institute and its affiliate, Alliance to End Hunger, as well as the Advisory Board of The Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of Harvard College’s Committee on University Resources, is a former regent of Georgetown University, and is a former member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for Architecture at MIT.
Terry holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Terry and his family split their time between New York City and Connecticut. His wife, Montie, is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Terry has two sons, one in early college and one who is building a consulting firm, and a stepdaughter who graduated from college two years ago and now works in the banking industry.
2015 – James B. Hayes ’55
Jim Hayes has enjoyed a distinguished career in a variety of diverse fields: magazine publishing, education, international theatre, corporate management, and the independent sector. In 1959, Jim joined Time Inc. and for the next 23 years, held various executive positions at Sports Illustrated in New York and Detroit. In 1982, he became Advertising Sales Director of Money Magazine and was named Publisher of Discover in 1984 and of Fortune Magazine in 1986, a position that Jim held until retiring in 1994 to enter the independent sector.
A longtime advocate for our nation's children, Jim established the Fortune Education Summit held annually from 1988-1993, which brought together government, business and academic leaders to discuss education reform. He was also a speaker at the 1989 American Bicentennial Presidential Forum - the presidential inauguration of George H.W. Bush.
Jim has served on various boards including the Morehouse School of Medicine where he was Chairman from 1992-1995 and Ashworth, Inc., a leisure wear company. He also served on the Social Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School, as well as numerous community and civic boards.
In 1987, Jim began his involvement with Junior Achievement, Inc., a worldwide not-for-profit organization that provides economic education to over five million students in the U.S. and around the world. He served as Chairman of Junior Achievement's national board from 1991-1993 and led a delegation of Junior Achievement representatives to Moscow in 1991 to help found Junior Achievement of the Soviet Union. Jim retired as President and CEO in 2001.
Jim received his education at Canterbury School, attended Georgetown University, and served for two years with the U.S. Army in Europe. He has three children and six grandchildren. In 2013, he moved to Michigan to work on the revitalization of Detroit creating the Detroit Homecoming, a unique initiative that reconnects Detroit's expat community with their former hometown. Jim has many avocations including being an instrument rated pilot.
2014 - Peter Howley ’64
Peter is the Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy at Harvard Medical School, where he chairs the Department of Pathology and serves as the Chairman of the Scientific Board and a Trustee of Harvard Medical School. He is currently the President of the American Society of Investigative Pathology.
Peter received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He began his medical training at Rutgers Medical School.
Peter moved to Harvard in 1993 after twenty years at the National Institutes of Health, where he served as the Chief of the Laboratory of Tumor Virus Biology. Peter chaired the National Cancer Policy Board of the National Academy of Sciences and served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institutes. He also is a past President of the American Society of Virology.
Peter's current research has focused on the molecular biology of the papillomaviruses, and in particular on the role of the HPV in cervical cancer in women. He is credited with determining the mechanisms by which HPVs contribute to cancer. It has greatly aided our understanding of the cellular mechanisms that result in cancer.
Peter is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Microbiology. He has received numerous awards including: the Wallace P. Rowe Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis and Rous-Whipple Awards from the American Society of Investigative Pathology, and the Paul Ehrlich-Ludwig Darmstaedter Award. While at the NIH, United States Public Health Service, he received both the Commendation and Meritorious Awards. Peter serves on the Editorial Boards of PNAS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Laboratory Investigation, and the International Journal of Cancer.