Congratulations to our 2020 Distinguished Alumni

Saint Martin’s established the Distinguished Alumni Awards in the early 1980s to recognize outstanding graduates for their individual achievements, contributions to their industry or profession, service to their community and loyalty to our University. The Distinguished Alumni Awards is one of the highest honors given by Saint Martin's to a graduate or attendee. View past honorees.

This year's honorees will be recognized during a Homecoming Weekend luncheon on Feb. 8. All are welcome to attend; please register online for Homecoming events.

Read more about the 2020 Distinguished Alumni honorees

John Carr '59

John Carr ’59

Major: Chemistry
Location: Wilmington, DE
Recognized for: Service to Saint Martin’s

Career highlights: Led a cultural departmental change with a close colleague to play a major role in the success of DuPont's agricultural chemistry business
Most influenced by: "Fr. Bede Ernsdorff, my chemistry advisor, professor and counselor. He played a significant role in my attending graduate school, the basis of my professional career in chemical resarch and research management with Shell and DuPont."
Favorite campus memory: Friendships established with classmates which still exist today
Proudest achievement: 59 years of marriage to Mary Helen and their children
Advice to current students: "Take both the academic and the Benedictine based cultural experience and apply them to make your part of the world a better place."

LTG Michael Canavan, USA, (Ret.) '78

LTG Michael Canavan, USA, (Ret.) '78

Major: Sociology/anthropology
Location: Saint Helena Island, SC
Recognized for: Professional achievement

Career highlights: "Service to country and the honor to have served with America's finest men and women who wear the uniform."
Most influenced by: Fr. Scott, Fr. Kilian, Mike Contris, Dr. Ishii and Art Acuff
Favorite campus memory: "The closeness of the student body, the dedication of both the staff and faculty, the academic focus, and the support of the local community."
Proudest achievement: "My family."
Advice to current students: "Work hard, stay focused, appreciate your time at Saint Martin's, graduate, and then take 'the road less taken' into your future."

John Farrell '66

John Farrell '66

Major: English
Location: Sumner, WA
Recognized for: Professional achievement

Most influenced by: Fr. Bertrand, Fr. Mathew, Fr. Adrian and Fr. Eugene
Favorite campus memory: Many nights spent singing and preparing for concerts in Fr. Eugene's music hall, bus trips to concerts, homes students were invited into on many overnight stays while traveling, singing in concerts
Proudest achievement: "There was a moment when I was a senior when I realized I was not as dumb as I thought I was... I was capable of leading and completing difficult tasks. What a gift to spend four years in an institution that makes you believe in yourself and your abilities to get along in the world!"
Advice to current students: "Find the subjects that make your mind want to know more. Know that the only way you can leave things better than you found them is to have passion for what you do and the belief that it will result in a better world."

Martie Moore '92

Martie Moore '92

Major: Nursing BSN
Location: Long Grove, IL
Recognized for: Professional achievement

Most influenced by: The community of fellow classmates, professors, spiritual advisors and leaders at Saint Martin's
Favorite campus memory: Working on prescription rights for advance practice nurses with the Executive Director of the Washington Nurse's Association
Proudest achievement: "My family... making a difference in the lives I have touched... and watching them make a difference."
Advice to current students: "Fully embrace every moment, every minute of your time at Saint Martin's. Build that solid foundation to which you will stand upon as you grow and expand your knowledge through living and contributing back to society."

The Nuns of the Monastery of Saint Gertrude

The Nuns of the Monastery of Saint Gertrude

Location: Cottonwood, ID
Recognized for: Benedictine service to Saint Martin's

Pictured: Sister Mary Marge (left), Sister Mary Forman (middle), Sister Clarissa (right)

Dennis Reynolds '69 (posthumous)

Dennis Reynolds '69 (posthumous)

Major: Government
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Recognized for: Professional achievement

Don Robbins HS '50, '54, '84

Don Robbins HS '50, '54, '84

Major: Agriculture business administration and community service
Location: Olympia, WA
Recognized for: Service to Saint Martin's

Favorite campus memory: "Comradeship, friends, good education. All the guys that chased after my five sisters (three married Saint Martin's HS or Saint Martin's College attendees). Two sons also married Saint Martin's College graduates."

Vince Strojan '68

Vince Strojan '68

Major: Industrial relations
Location: Auburn, WA
Recognized for: Service to Saint Martin's

Most influenced by: Fr. Kilian, Fr. Valerian, Fr. Michael, Fr. John Scott, Fr. Bertrand, and Jerry Vermillion
Favorite campus memory: Making the first basket in the then Capital Pavilion, opening night, November 1967
Proudest achievement: "My 52 year marriage to Sandy, our four boys and their families, and living my life by the Benedictine principles I learned at Saint Martin's."
Advice to current students: "Test your limits. Involve yourself in new areas and experiences. Become familiar with the Benedictine values that are the essence of college life at Saint Martin's."