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