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

Sarah Bellingham Laitinen ’07, Middle school teacher, Lasallian educator, Lasallian Volunteer

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

Nicholas L. Burke ’80, Artist, sculptor, teacher

Sandra (Linke ’81) Burke, Community caregiver, volunteer

Thomas Clasen ’78, J.D., Ph.D., Expert in sanitation and safe water

Mary Dempsey ’75, M.L.S., J.D., Commissioner of Chicago Public Library (1994-2012), lawyer

Robert Donahue ’29, Radio & television personality, volunteer for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind

Laurel Feddema ’83, Business leader, strategist, planner, community builder

Bill Galante ’82, Senior vice president of operations, Miami Dolphins

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

Diane (Wood ’01) Gordon, Pediatric anesthesiologist, compassionate caregiver, environmental champion, lifelong athlete

Janeé Harteau ’03, M.A.’06, Chief of Police, City of Minneapolis, instructor with Saint Mary’s University

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

Bob Hentzen ’57†, Spokesman, advocate, friend to the poor

Robert Hoffman ’56, Ph.D., and John Hoffman ’51, Ph.D., NASA scientists

Luke Hofmann ’03, pediatric nurse

Jane (Weydert ’86) Homeyer, Ph.D., Forensic scientist, crime scene investigator, FBI executive

Tatjana Hutnyak ’96, M’03, Job creator, non-profit co-founder

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

Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D. ’48, Medical researcher, entrepreneur, professor

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

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


Kent Linder ’93, Graphic designer, volunteer, human rights advocate

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

Brother James Miller, FSC ’66†, De La Salle Christian Brother, servant of God

Max Molock ’35†, Coach, athlete, role model

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

John C. Parmer ’50, Successful distributor and manufacturer, generous philanthropist

Brother George Pahl, FSC ’36†, Educator, scientist, mentor, former Saint Mary’s president

Al Peters ’74, Executive director of Can Do Canines

Brother Jerome Rademacher, FSC ’58, Ph.D.†, Educator, outdoorsman, physicist, trail caretaker

Joseph J. Ross ’67, 2007 Distinguished Alumnus, executive, Board of Trustees member, benefactor

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

George Speltz ’32, Priest, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Winona, bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud

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

John Tschida ’90, educator, coach, mentor

Martina Voglmaier ’84, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, Educator with Harvard Medical School

Celeste Williams ’80, Professional actress, theatre professor

Jerome “Jerry” Workman Jr. ’76, M’80, Successful Chemist, Editor, Author


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