Saint Martin’s will honor five distinguished alumni at Homecoming festivities

Friday, January 31, 2003

Lacey, Wash. - Saint Martin’s College will honor five men and a woman with 2003 Distinguished Alumni Awards at the College’s annual Homecoming dinner and program next Friday at Saint Martin’s Pavilion.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of alumni of Saint Martin’s College, Saint Martin’s High School, which closed in 1974, and Saint Martin’s Abbey, the Benedictine monastery that founded Saint Martin’s College in 1895.

The evening program also will include presentation of the Homecoming court, chosen by Saint Martin’s students, and the Outstanding Student Leadership Award.

Homecoming Week activities get underway Monday with events ranging from student Olympics and College Bowl competitions to basketball. The Women Saints will play Central Washington University at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the pavilion. At 7 p.m., the Men Saints will take on the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Friday’s dinner and program begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the Homecoming Formal at 8 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Award recipients being honored are:

Abbot Lambert Burton, O.S.B. (1878-1943), Saint Martin’s Abbey

Benedictine Service Award

Originally from Saint Benedict’s Abbey and College in Atchison, Kansas, Abbot Lambert Burton, O.S.B., was second abbot of Saint Martin’s Abbey and a respected national leader in Catholic education. While his gifts as a priest and administrator are notable, he is best remembered at Saint Martin’s for establishing the college as a fully accredited four-year institution in 1940. Under his leadership from 1928 to his death in 1943, a record number of Saint Martin’s teaching monks graduated from colleges, seminaries and graduate schools. They provided a strong academic backbone and a reputation for outstanding teaching at Saint Martin’s that is still intact today.

Ray E. Corpuz Jr. (College graduate 1969), Tacoma

Professional Achievement Award

As Tacoma’s city manager since 1990, Ray Corpuz Jr. has steered Washington’s third largest city and one of its oldest into its rebirth as a municipality with a national reputation for progressive, innovative and effective programs. His impressive string of accomplishments have already earned Corpuz the 1999 National Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration and The National Academy of Public Administration, as well as several awards from the Washington City/County Management Association.

Tom Finch (High School graduate, 1949; College graduate 1953), Olympia

Service to Saint Martin’s / Community Service Award

Tom Finch might well be called the poster child of the oft-quoted advice to practice random acts of kindness. His small kindnesses, carried out with warmth, willingness and quiet competence, have supported every organization he’s associated with and served as an inspiration to others. While he often volunteers at Saint Martin’s, he is best known for helping the most vulnerable and needy citizens of the area. He has prepared meals at a soup kitchen, built wheelchair ramps for those with disabilities, delivered furniture or emergency firewood to families in need and driven seniors to hospitals in Seattle, to name a few.

Mike (College attendee, 1957) and Jan (College graduate, 1989) Halliday, Lacey

Service to Saint Martin’s Award

Mike and Jan Halliday are a team in every sense of the word, and while they serve Saint Martin’s in different ways, together they have given thousands of hours of service to the college. They also have helped mold an alumni association with a deep commitment to Saint Martin’s students and helped raise thousands of scholarship dollars. As president of the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association since 2000, Jan has provided strong leadership in pursuing association goals of recruiting alumni and strengthening relations between alumni and students. She also has served as a model of volunteer service. Mike is the chairman of the association’s concession trailer committee and an association board member. In this role, he has been responsible not only for the myriad details of concession trailer events but also in building valued friendships and support for Saint Martin’s among, alumni, volunteers and area citizens.

Terry Massoth (High School graduate, 1960), Tumwater

Service to Saint Martin’s Award

Terry Massoth’s service to Saint Martin’s and the greater community has long been noted for reflecting values emphasized by the school: community service, leadership, dedication and creativity. A past president of the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association and its current secretary, Massoth has been instrumental in broadening the association’s efforts to support the college’s students and the greater community in many ways, including reaching off-campus to aid such charities as the Lacey Fire Department Christmas Fund and the Salvation Army. Since 1999, Massoth also has served as wine committee chairman for the Capital Food Wine Festival, the association’s successful annual scholarship fund-raiser for Saint Martin’s students.

For more information on Homecoming events, please contact Kurt Kageler, the college’s director of alumni relations, (360) 438-4366; 1 (800) 220-7722;

For more information:
Jan. 31, 2003 Kurt Kageler
Director, alumni relations
360-438-4366 or

Deanna Partlow
Senior editor, media specialist
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