Six CU Graduates Honored

Catholic University recently honored six graduates and faculty members for service and professional accomplishments.

Honored with the university's annual Distinguished Service Award was Stephen Paddack, an engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center and 30-year alumni. He has served on the alumni board of governors since 1985.

Honored with the Young Alumni Merit Award was Terence McAuliff, a 1979 graduate who at age 22 was named director of fund-raising for the Democratic National Committee and at age 30 became the youngest elected chairman of the Federal City National Bank of Washington.

Receiving the annual award in research and scholarship was the Rev. Alexander DiLella, a biblical scholar and a faculty member for 25 years who has become renowned for his biblical commentaries and work as translator of the revised standard version of the New American Bible.

Honored with an alumni award for expertise in preaching was the Rev. John Burke, a 1950 graduate and co-founder and executive director of the National Institute for the Word of God, an organization aimed at revitalizing biblical preaching.

For her accomplishments, Harolyn Blackwell, a principal soprano in the Metropolitan Opera Company who graduated from Catholic in 1977, won the university's achievement award in music.

The university also honored alumna Eunice Kennedy Shriver for founding Special Olympics International and for her role as executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. She also was given the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal for her dedication to help improve the lives of the mentally retarded.

Public Relations Woman of the Year

Marcia Sharp, chairman of the board of the public relations firm Hager Sharp Inc. in Northwest, recently was named "PR Woman of the Year" by Washington Women in Public Relations, a women's professional organization.

Sharp, a District resident since 1972, started her own public relations firm in 1973 with colleague Susan Hager.

This is the first time the group has selected a woman of the year. Runners-up for the award were Mary Betzler, senior vice president of the Kemper Group; and Mollie Haines, vice president of marketing and communications for Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries in Northeast.

D.C. Woman in YWCA Academy

District resident Laura Howel, director of computer services and support for Amtrak, recently was inducted into the New York City YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers, an honorary group that each year recognizes women for achievement in business, nonprofit work, labor and government.

Inductees are nominated by their employer for exceptional accomplishments on the job. Howel's nomination cited, among other things, her direction of a company computer exposition to introduce employees to the latest computer products available on the job.

She also began a mentor program that matches entry-level employees with senior managers for counseling and guidance.

Howel also was cited for work in her community. She is a weekly volunteer at the Harriet Tubman Center for Homeless Women and organizes a Christmas celebration there each year.