The University of St. Thomas

Monsignor James Lavin Award

Serving fellow alumni.

Monsignor James Lavin Award: This award honors an alumnus or alumna of St. Thomas for outstanding contributions and service to the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, its programs and services. Since 1994, Alumni Relations has honored an individual each year for the extraordinary contributions. 

R. Jean Gray '51

Gray’s enthusiastic leadership of Old Guard and reunion activities is longstanding and well-known. He has been involved with Alumni Association activities locally and internationally, and participated in numerous alumni travel experiences to Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. In addition, he has served as a member of the Catholic Studies board of governors and The Saint Paul Seminary Board of Trustees and is a member of the President’s Council and the Finn Heritage Society.

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Evans “Chip” Connelly ’84

A longtime member of the President’s Council and the Finn Heritage Society, Connelly has made an indelible mark on St. Thomas through his 20-plus years of volunteerism at the university.

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2015 Award Recipient
Alfred "Al" Colling '59

He has been involved with St. Thomas since he graduated in 1959. He served on the alumni board for a three-year term in the mid-1980s and also has been active in many alumni functions, including reunions and homecoming events.

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2014 Award Recipient
2014 Award Recipient
Michael D. Heffron '57

Mike Heffron's service to St. Thomas is notable for his membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors in three different decades.

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2013 Award Recipient
2013 Award Recipient
Donald A. Traxler ’50

Donald Traxler’s decades of service to the Alumni Association have been most notable because of his uncommonly strong dedication to the Old Guard.

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2012 Award Recipient
2012 Award Recipient
Thomas Cronin ’64

Tom Cronin served as an active member and as vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. His enthusiasm and friendliness make him a recognized figure at both alumni and student events.

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