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Providence College hands out National Service Awards to Alumni

Providence, R.I. - More than 1,000 alumni and guests attended Providence College's Reunion Weekend. The weekend was for class years ending in 3 and 8.

A highlight of the weekend was the National Alumni Association’s presentation of awards to seven alumni who have demonstrated volunteer commitment, personal achievement, and concern for their communities. The ceremony took place during a garden brunch on the Aquinas Hall lawn on Saturday, June 1.

Thomas M. Murphy ’63 received the Faithful Friar Award. A retired lawyer and former president of Thomas M. Murphy and Associates, he has supported the Office of Academic Services, Angel Fund, PC Fund, and the men and women’s ice hockey programs. He has been Reunion Weekend chair for his class since 2003.








Philip V. Robey ’68 and Paul W. Robey, III ’68
shared the Exemplary Citizenship Award for their work with the town of Needham, Mass. Philip Robey, a real estate broker, has served as president and commissioner for the Parks and Recreation Department and donated money for a new elementary school playground. Paul Robey, the owner of a sales and management consulting firm, has served on the board of the Needham Little League for 26 years and was central to the renovation of the town hall and local parks.


Kathleen A. Calenda, M.D. ’78
received the Personal Achievement Award for her work in pediatric gastroenterology at the New England Medical Center and the Boston Floating Hospital for Children, both in Boston, Mass. She also was an assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts Medical School. Her work has helped young children, many with chronic diseases, lead healthy and productive lives.






Dr. John E. Deasy ’83
received the Service to Education Award. Deasy is superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest. Among the highlights of his three decades in education, he was credited with narrowing the achievement gap between low-income and minority students and their peers in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He also was deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.




Michael P. Sullivan ’88
received the Personal Achievement Award. He has served as director, rule of law, for the U.S. State Department in the Province of Kandahar, Afghanistan, since 2010, during which time he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and managed U.S. government relations with Kandahar justice officials.







Katie Breen ’08
received the Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Award recognizing young alumni achievement. She is vice president and chair of events and marketing for the PC Alumni Club of New York. She has helped increase attendance at young alumni events, earned membership in the St. Dominic Society, and participated in the Friar 5K, Friars Club 80th Reunion, Alumni & Family Weekend, and A Night in Black & White. She works for HedgeMark International LLC.

Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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