WINONA, Minn. — Each year during summer Reunion Weekend festivities, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota honors outstanding alumni.
This year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is Dick Drogosz ’61 of Freeport, Ill.; the Alumni Appreciation Award recipient will be Molly (Murphy) O’Keefe ’97 of Woodbury, Minn.; the Lasallian Service Award will go to Giles Wilborn ’61, M’66 of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.; and the Outstanding Young Alumna Award will be given to Anne Harala ’06 of Duluth, Minn.
All four will be honored during a reception Saturday, June 24, on the Winona Campus.
More than 350 alumni, family, and friends will return for Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend festivities, which begins Friday, June 23, and will run throughout the weekend. To register, or for more information about the many activities and events planned, go to mysmumn.org/rw17.
2017 Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend Honorees:
Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in career and community, and the Lasallian values of mentoring and service to others. Dick Drogosz ’61 enjoyed a successful 38-year career with Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 company. He began as a production engineer in Minneapolis. Through the years, his responsibilities increased as his titles changed, and he worked his way up to management positions within product management, marketing, and international business. Much of his work included traveling throughout the United States to create a network that proved invaluable to the company. Honeywell relocated Drogosz to Brussels, Belgium; Denver, Colo.; Sydney, Australia; and Freeport, Ill. He retired in 2000, and he and his wife Marianne reside in Freeport.
Alumni Appreciation Award
The Alumni Appreciation Award honors and thanks alumni for consistent and valuable volunteer efforts to further the goals and success of the university. Molly (Murphy) O’Keefe ’97 was an active and engaged student, and her commitment to and support of her alma mater has never wavered. She served on the Alumni Board from 2007-2013, during which time she served as the chair of the Development Committee, chair of the Directorships Committee, and a co-chair of the Engagement Committee. She has also shown great care and leadership in her roles as a class representative, reunion class volunteer, Twin Cities chapter member, and Twin Cities chapter president. She generously shares her time and talents in countless other ways. After a successful career as a political consultant, she and her husband Patrick now run O’Keefe Insurance Agency based out of the Twin Cities.
Lasallian Service Award
The Lasallian Service Award goes to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Lasallian spirit of faith and zeal and exemplify the highest of Lasallian values. Giles Wilborn ’61, M’66 was a Christian Brother for 13 years in Evanston, Ill., and Harper Woods, Mich., and a high school teacher for 50 years (including 44 years with Cass Technical High School in Detroit). In retirement, he supports his parish by teaching Catechism, collecting food for his food pantry, singing in the choir, lecturing, and serving as a Minister of Eucharist to shut-ins. In the community, he serves as a commissioner for the Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission, participates in cross-country races, bikes, sings in the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, and tutors with the Dominican Literacy Center in Detroit. He and his wife, Jackie, have been married 47 years.
Outstanding Young Alumna
The Outstanding Young Alumna Award goes to a young alumna who has made significant professional accomplishments and served her alma mater and society. Anne Harala ’06 began her career as a Lasallian Volunteer. Having worked in nonprofits, schools, and county government for the past 11 years, she has extensive experience working in greater Minnesota’s rural and urban communities in the areas of health policy, youth engagement, and community empowerment. She serves on the Duluth School Board and is the Northeast Minnesota regional coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, a movement of coalitions in Northeastern Minnesota working in the areas of active living, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living. She and her husband Kevin live along the shores of Lake Superior.