For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Court of Honor Recognizes Outstanding Georgian Court Alumni

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 17, 2008—As part of the university’s Centennial Celebration, Georgian Court University has instituted the annual Court of Honor to recognize the accomplishments of the university’s most notable alumni. One hundred alumni were selected to celebrate the first hundred years, and will be lauded at a celebratory dinner marking their induction on Saturday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mansion on the Lakewood campus.

Criteria for being inducted into the Court of Honor include a record of distinguished service, leadership, and achievement within a particular discipline, organization, or cause. The inductees’ accomplishments must show evidence of “actual merit that has brought distinction to the university,” according to the guidelines.

In addition to honoring the Centennial celebration of Georgian Court University, the Court of Honor also highlights the significant accomplishments of Georgian Court’s graduates who are entrepreneurs, judges, doctors, attorneys, teachers, scientists, nurses, legislators, and occupy many other positions. This type of recognition is important to both the alumni and the university, says Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., university president and an alumna herself.

“It is important for our current and future students and alumni to see the change that they can be in the world through the amazing accomplishments of these 100 distinguished alumni from the first 100 years of Georgian Court University. Everyone connected to Georgian Court University can be extremely proud of these alumni and their commitment to excellence and the Mercy legacy,” she says.

The 100 alums honored include:

  • Mildred Barry Hughes ’23, the first woman elected to the New Jersey Senate and the first democrat from Union County to be elected to the State Senate in 75 years
  • Jessica Dragonette '23, the international radio star and vocalist who achieved the longest commercial broadcasting record of any singer in the world by 1975
  • Moira McDonough Lyons ’63, the first woman to preside over the 151-member Connecticut House of Representatives as Speaker of the House
  • Delores L. Parron-Ragland, Ph.D., ’66, the first person to hold the legislatively mandated position of Associate Director for Special Populations at the National Institutes of Health who played a major role in the formulation of federal policies addressing the concerns of women and ethnically diverse populations
  • Marlene Lynch Ford '76, Ocean County Prosecutor and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge
  • Judge Honora Mary O'Brien Kilgallen '82, the presiding judge of the Chancery Division, Family Part, of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Monmouth County
  • Felicya Senick Morreale ’93, ’04, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teachers of math and science in grades K–12, and one of only four teachers in New Jersey to have achieved National Board Certification in math

A current list of inductees can be found at Court of Honor. Additional members will be inducted in the future.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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