One of the highlights of Catholic Schools Week on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) campus is the presentation of the annual Distinguished Alumni Award.
The 2014 honoree is Dr. Richard Church, Valley Catholic Class of 1995, our first coed graduating class. He currently serves as a full attending physician at the University and Memorial campuses of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The award was presented at an All Campus Mass and Assembly on Jan. 29.
His mother, Myrna Church, accepted the award on his behalf.
Myrna Church is an icon in her own right on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. In addition to having two sons (Richard and John) graduate from the high school, Myrna served in the SSMO infirmary for many years, is an SSMO associate, and continues to volunteer at both St. Vincent’s Emergency Room and the SSMO convent.
Although Richard was unable to accept the award in person, he sent a wonderful video about his experiences at Valley Catholic.
About the Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates who have had a positive impact on society. The award presentation is coordinated by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation and is held during Catholic Schools Week in January.
Previous honorees include two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis, Valley Catholic Registrar Pat Joyaux, all of the members of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon who attended school on the SSMO campus, and Pamela Olberding, who established a fund to support the educational needs of nurses, technicians and other employees at Providence Newberg Medical Center.