Fall 2011

CLAE inducts seven alumni community leaders into its Hall of Honor

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education hosted its third annual Hall of Honor Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 30. The luncheon and ceremony, held at the Detroit Golf Club, recognized the civic and professional achievements of seven individuals, who also give back their valuable time and resources to the University in many different ways. Plaques honoring the individuals below, as well as past Hall of Honor awardees, hang in a specially designated area of the Jane and Walter Briggs Building.

Hall of Honor
Back row, left to right: Peter Neydon, Michael Ware, Robert Scullin, S.J., UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, Fr. Jim O’Neill, C.S.B., who accepted the Hall of Honor award on behalf of The Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Charles Lucas, M.D., CLAE Interim Dean Roy Finkenbine. Front row, left to right: Geraldine O'Grady-Pershing, Juantavia Byrd, a UDM freshman who is the first recipient of the Beulah Alexander Memorial Scholarship, who accepted the Hall of Honor award on behalf of Mrs. Bradley N. Crawford.

Mrs. Bradley N. Crawford '65
Social Worker, Community Activist and Philanthropist

Mrs. Bradley N. Crawford ’65, is a caring, sharing person, who is making a wonderful difference in the lives of others.  She comes from a family of 13 biological siblings, plus one adoptive sibling, and a home where her mother taught her that the value of good fortune is having the ability to care and share with humility. More on Hall of Honor site

Dr. Charles E. Lucas ’59

Charles E. Lucas, M.D. '59
Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University

Dr. Charles E. Lucas ’59, is a native Detroiter who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University. His work in the fields of shock, trauma, acute care surgery, and sepsis is extensive. Together with his longtime business partner Dr. Ledgerwood, they have written more than 350 articles in surgical literature, most of which have included residents from the Detroit area in their many important discoveries in the field of surgery.  Dr. Lucas performed the first randomized prospective study in trauma, and his work includes one of the most-cited articles in the surgical literature. More on Hall of Honor site

Peter Neydon ’65

Peter B. Neydon '65
President, USF Holland (Retired)

Peter Neydon ’65, has a sense of ownership and pride in the education taking place in the classrooms and labs, the action on the basketball court and sports fields, and the socializing among students on the University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. He says it brings back fond memories of the time when he was a student at U of D in the mid-1960s and also elicits a proud family history. More on Hall of Honor site

Gerry O’Grady-Pershing ’55

Geraldine A. O'Grady-Pershing '55
Educator, Community Activist, Philanthropist

Gerry O’Grady-Pershing ’55, has devoted her life, and her energies, to the field of education and to making her community a better place.

O’Grady-Pershing earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Detroit. As a student, she was in the chorus, Psychology Club, Gamma Phi Sigma sorority, and Pan-Hellenic Council and served as president for the latter two organizations. She also holds a master’s from the University of Michigan and has taken several additional classes at various universities in Michigan as well as the University of Mexico. More on Hall of Honor site

The Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B. '68
Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Bishop Ramirez ’68, was born in Bay City, Texas, on Sept. 12, 1936. The second of two sons, he was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 10, 1966 in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Congregation of St. Basil. On Oct. 18, 1982, he became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M. Next year, he will celebrate three decades in that role. More on Hall of Honor site

Robert J. Scullin, S.J. ’68

Rev. Robert J. Scullin, S.J. '68
Former Provincial, Detroit Province Society of Jesus

Robert J. Scullin, S.J. ’68, was born the third of four children to James Andrew Scullin and Margaret Mary Mills in Detroit, Mich. in 1946. He has two older sisters, Judy Skelley in Saginaw, Mich., and Nancy Janness in Dallas, Texas. His younger brother Michael died in 2008. He was educated by the Sisters of Charity (Cincinnati) at the Shrine of the Little Flower Elementary School and by the Jesuits at the University of Detroit High School. More on Hall of Honor site

Michael Ware ’67

Michael D. Ware '67
Managing Director, Advance Capital Markets

Michael Ware ’67, has had an outstanding 35- year career in the energy business.  Over the past 12 years, he has focused on investments in renewable energy. He is the founder and managing director of Advance Capital Markets, Inc., a private investment and advisory firm with a very successful track record in the energy and power industries. Ware has served as an advisor to private equity funds, international energy firms, independent power companies, electric utilities, as well as a number of other successful entrepreneurial enterprises. More on Hall of Honor site

Save the Date

Presidential Inauguration of
Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Friday, April 13, 2012
For details, visit
the inauguration site.

New alumni benefit

UDM has connected with Quicken Loans to offer UDM alumni the opportunity to receive $500 at closing on a new or refinanced mortgage. For details, call 866-378-6088 or visit the Quicken Loans UDM page.

Shopping for UDM graduates?

UDM has the perfect gift. We have U of D and Mercy College of Detroit alumni t-shirts and U of D alumni ties. Find the order form on Community. Also, stop by the UDM Bookstore in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus for dozens of gift ideas.

Make the call to be included in the UDM Alumni Directory!

Over the next couple of months, Publishing Concepts, Inc. will contact UDM alumni via mail, email and phone to request your updated information for the UDM Alumni Directory, published every five years. The University thanks you in advance for your participation. For more about the directory project, visit the Online Community.

"Detroit is AWESOME, baby!"

UDM will honor  former Titan basketball coach Dick Vitale, on Monday, Dec. 5, with a 6:15 p.m. dedication and naming of the Dick Vitale Court in Calihan Hall. Join the celebration and see the Titan men’s basketball team take on St. John’s in a nationally televised 7 p.m. game. Purchase tickets today by visiting DetroitTitans.com or by calling 313-993-1700.