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John Lobbia (right) with Gerard L.
Stockhausen, S.J.

Alumni recognized for service and leadership

Celebrating the Rose Brothers

As a way of celebrating the legacy of one of metro Detroit’s most influential and philanthropic families, former UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., recognized Irving ’49, Sheldon ’51, and Leslie ’53, Rose with the Alumni Achievement Award. The University presents this lifetime achievement award to those alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions.

Sheldon received his bachelor’s in engineering, while Irving and Leslie are graduates of the law school. All three Rose brothers have led extraordinary careers and have achieved remarkable results  for their leadership. The University is proud to recognize each and collectively for their continued efforts in promoting and supporting the University and numerous non-profits in their local communities.

Honoring John Lobbia

John E. Lobbia ’64 (pictured at right with Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.), former Chairman and CEO of Detroit Edison, is the recipient of The Founders Award. He is recognized for his leadership and commitment to his alma mater in the tradition of UDM’s Jesuit and Mercy founders.

Lobbia served on the Board of Trustees for both the University of Detroit (1988-1990) and University of Detroit Mercy (1990-2006). During his Board tenure, he was chair of The Commission on the Future from 1995-1996, which assisted the University in positioning itself to meet the future demands of higher education. As Board chair from 1998-2001, he took an instrumental role in launching the University’s Legacy Campaign—the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the University’s history, which totaled $101.3 million upon its completion in June 2003.