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Accomplished Alumni Recognized at Alumni Weekend

Jim Norman

During this year’s Alumni Weekend, we were thrilled to honor six exceptional graduates with our high-level alumni awards. It was especially gratifying to welcome most of the honorees from the last three years back to campus to receive their awards in person.

The recipients of the Thomas J. Sheehy III Distinguished Alumni Award:

Miriam “Duchess” Harris ’87— A highly accomplished academic, author, and legal scholar, Duchess is Professor of American Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, specializing in Black feminism, Law of the United States, and African American political movements.

James P. Stearns ’66—Jim has spent 20+ years as a humanitarian aid worker on the emergency response team for CARE International. He has saved countless lives, built opportunity, brought hope, and forged a brighter future for many of the world’s neediest people.  

Matthew R. Weir, M.D. ’70—Matt is an attending physician and Director of the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He is also Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

Recognized with Outstanding Young Alumni Awards:

Katherine “Katie” Grill ’10—Katie is the co-founder and CEO of Neolth, which provides stress and mental health support to students by delivering on-demand, personalized care via their self-guided platform. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from American University. 

Elizabeth “Libby” Foley ’06—Libby serves as Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Betty McCollum, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. While on Capitol Hill, Libby has also worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and United Nations Foundation.

Margaret “Meg” Caswell ’95—In addition to running her own successful design shop in North Carolina, Meg won season six of HGTV’s Design Star; hosts her own show, Meg’s Great Rooms, for HGTV; and has appeared on numerous television specials and talk shows. 

Presented during the Society of Alumni Annual (SOA) Meeting, these awards celebrate graduates who have made an impact in their profession, community, or the world at large, and have shown extreme dedication to Canterbury. 

In announcing the honorees, SOA Co-President William “Macy” Steers, Jr. ’04, said it was “the best part of my job…the presentation of the Society of Alumni’s most prestigious alumni awards. Congratulations to all of our recipients for your amazing accomplishments. You are all truly extraordinary Saints!” 

You can read more about their impressive bios at the Thomas J. Sheehy III Distinguished Alumni Award and Outstanding Young Alumni Award web pages.