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After Jack Blumenthal retired from a successful 35-year career as an engineer, he decided to pay it forward by teaching mathematics at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena.
“I thought, I’ll come here and spend a year or two and that will be the end of that,” Jack, 81, recalled.

Two decades later, Jack is still enjoying the vocation that allows him to share his skills in science, technology, engineering and math with the ladies who attend the all-girl’s campus.

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When Heidi McNiff Johnson received a phone call in the middle of the night that her mother had died in a car accident, she transcended her grief by finding ways to give back to families – especially those in crisis.

“First you realize how precious life is when something like that happens,” she said. “It changes everything…and it puts a filter on your life of what matters. And for me, service really healed me ,it healed my grief, and gave me an opportunity to find my purpose.”

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For James P. Sarni, a series of events starting at eight years of age were the beginning of his history of outstanding service to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Born in Los Angeles, Jim was a third grader at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Alhambra when his instincts told him the school was not the right fit.  “For a lot of reasons, I felt it wasn’t the best place for me,” Jim recalled. “It was me, not the institution.”  Jim remembers the day he expressed his feelings to his mother on the last day of third grade when she picked him up from school.

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The oldest of six children raised in Jackson Mississippi by a single mom, Anderson Shaw knew he was going to become a Catholic one day – but not while he was living in his mother’s home.

“My mom, until the day she died, was a very strong southern Baptist person – she did not believe in the Catholic Church,” Anderson recalled.  “She read her bible daily.  People would come by just to talk to her about the bible, and if you mentioned anything Catholic, she just would not hear it.”

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Cindy Smet was an investment banker firmly rooted in the for-profit world when one of the busts on Wall Street led to her layoff.

“Which was fine because I already had one child and we wanted to have a larger family,” recalled the married mother of three sons.   At the time, Cindy had no idea what a boon leaving the world of banking would turn out to be for her.

As her children grew, so did Cindy’s interest in education.

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2017 Honorees

2016 Honorees

2015 Honorees

2014 Honorees

2013 Honorees

2012 Honorees

2011 Honorees

2010 Honorees

2009 Honorees

Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead
Christopher Alders
Leo Lagasse, M.D.
Virginia Schneider
Vin Scully

2008 Honorees

H. Richard Closson †
Antoinette Hodgkiss
Dorothy King
Gary Krauss
Reverend Robert B. Lawton, S.J.

2007 Honorees

Fe Israel Benito
Richard C. Dunn †
Anita Finie
Philip M. Hawley
Dr. Steven B. Sample †

2006 Honorees

Deacon Hosea Alexander
Mary Pat Cooper
Fran Curry †
Dr. Clyde V. Von der Ahe †
William M. Wardlaw

2005 Honorees

David Frelinger, M.D. †
June Gleason
Stanley Hayden †
Joan Payden
Reverend Monsignor John Sheridan †

2004 Honorees

Robert H. Ahmanson †
Kathleen Leavey McCarthy
Sister Cecilia Louise Moore, C. S. J. †
John O’Keefe
Edward Rose

2003 Honorees

William M. Close
Richard A. Grant, Jr.
Barbara Hudson
Mary Ann McEveety
Reynaldo Rojo
John F. Watkins

2002 Honorees

Vivian Burgess
Edward Illig
Thomas Laubacher, Sr. †
Sister Mary Jean Meier, R.S.M. †
Hilmar Rosenast

2001 Honorees

Joseph Campanella
Iva May Carrico †
Brother Patrick Corr, O.H.
Robert F. Erburu †
Margaret Jagels †

2000 Honorees

Deacon Frank Dieter †
Mary Dohn †
Stafford Grady †
Edith Piczek
Isabel Piczek †

1999 Honorees

Stan Chambers †
William H. Edwards †
Irene R. Elshoff
Norma L. Gonzales
William S. Mortensen

1998 Honorees

Albert J. Centofante †
Veronica H. Dysart
Marie C. Poyer †
Robert A. Smith, III
Lew R. Wasserman †

1997 Honorees

Sister Eileen Doherty, I.H.M. †
Sister Edna Doherty, I.H.M. †
Sister Michael Doherty, I.H.M. †
Helen M. Guho
William C. Rivera
Paul F. Salamunovich †
Most Reverend John J. Ward, D.D. †

1996 Honorees

Robert T. Campion †
Frances S. Morehart
Josephine Wayne Nigg †
John F. Shea
Roger M. Sullivan

1995 Honorees

Stephen D. Gavin †
Gloria N. Griffin
Ivan Houston
William T. Huston †
Gertrude M. Roberts †

1994 Honorees

William H. Hannon †
Justice Mildred L. Lillie †
Kenneth O. Olsen
Grace M. Rinaldi

1993 Honorees

Alphonse J. Antczak*
Charles F. Bannan*
Rev. Newman C. Eberhardt, C. M. †
Peggy J. Ferry †
Anne D. Kenney †

1992 Honorees

Dolores D. Hope †
Gerald J. Lynch †
Margaret E. Rendler †
Wilfred L. Von der Ahe †

1991 Honorees

Thomas P. Pike †
Robert A. Smith, Jr. †
Helen H. Walsh †

1990 Honorees

Sir Daniel J. Donohue †
Marian Hancock †
William R. Hayden †
Dorothy Leavey †
Cyril C. Nigg †

† Deceased