With more than 42,000 alumni, you might be surprised where, and how often, you’ll run into a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota graduate. Many of them the university calls “alumni in action” — alumni who are living the Saint Mary’s mission of service and leadership, transforming others’ lives and making a positive difference in their communities and beyond.

In honor of Saint Mary’s Centennial, the university is gathering and publishing the stories of  many of these volunteers, leaders, educators, healers and visionaries whom Saint Mary’s University is proud to call alumni. This small selection of alumni represents the many who have shared and are sharing their talents in service to others. Together Saint Mary’s alumni are shaping tomorrow’s world.

Click on the links below to read the individual stories.


Anthony “Tony” Adducci ’59, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre

Ian Bents ’03, Vice president — business banking, Profinium Financial, Inc., volunteer

Michael Bilandic, J.D. ’47,  chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court

Mary Lou Black Scheid ’76, surgical nurse

Mary Fossum Blair ’00, High school administrator, Captain-United States Marine Corps

Bill and Mia (Cacciabondo ’90) Geheren ’90, caring parents, inspirational role models

Msgr. R. Paul Heiting ’78, priest, vice rector of Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, campus minister, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Winona

Luke Hofmann ’03, pediatric nurse

Michael Johanns, J.D. ’71, U.S. Senator

John Johnston, FSC ’55, M’63, teacher, administrator, provincial, vicar general, superior general of the De La Salle Christian Brothers


Hugo Keim, M.D. ’56, orthopedic surgeon, philanthropist

Thomas Kilbride, J.D. ’78, Chief Justice

Roger Lucas, Ph.D. ’65 – 2012 Distinguished Alumnus, chair of the board of Envoy Medical, co-founder & vice chair of the board of TECHNE Corp., board member of ChemoChentryx, Inc. & Discovery Genomics, Inc.

Brother Terence McLaughlin ’44, civil rights leader

George Levy Mueller ’53, survivor, veteran, pharmacist, musician, pilot, and author

Benjamin Murray ’96 – Certified Public Accountant, co-founder & president of San Miguel Middle School of Minneapolis, volunteer ESL instructor, vice president for financial affairs for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Amy Korkowski Oxentenko, M.D. ’94, medical doctor

Emil “Bud” Paape ’62 – High school teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, university instructor

Al Peters ’74, Executive director of Can Do Canines

Mariana Sanchez ’10, soccer coach, graphic designer, cancer victim advocate

George Stephenson, J.D. ’80, judge, community activist, lawyer

John Tschida ’90, educator, coach, mentor