Hall of Fame – 2017 – Irish America https://irishamerica.com Irish America Magazine Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:56:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 82361074 Kevin White https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/kevin-white/ https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/kevin-white/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:05:13 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=29310 Read more..]]> Kevin White is the vice president and athletic director of Duke University in Durham, NC. Since taking over the position in 2008, Duke has won seven NCAA Championships – women’s tennis in 2009, men’s basketball in 2010 and 2015, men’s lacrosse in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and women’s golf in 2014 – and 17 ACC titles. Last year, he was named Athletic Director of the Year in the NCAA.

White, who holds a Ph.D. in education from Southern Illinois University, has taught graduate-level classes since 1982 and currently teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of Duke’s MBA program.

Prior to joining Duke, White served as athletic director at the University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, Tulane University, the University of Maine and Loras College in Iowa, where he originated the National Catholic Basketball Tournament.

White, who is second-generation Irish American with roots in Dungloe, Co. Donegal, and his wife, Jane, a former college track and field coach, have five children and 12 grandchildren.

Click here to read White’s April / May 2017 Hall of Fame profile.

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Terry O’Sullivan https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/terry-osullivan/ https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/terry-osullivan/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:04:18 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=29307 Read more..]]> Terry O’Sullivan became the tenth General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) on January 1, 2000, and is dedicated to growing his union’s membership and market share. O’Sullivan’s mantra is “organize or die.” Under his leadership, the union also has significantly expanded its efforts in, and commitment to, member activism, capital strategies, grassroots politics, labor-management cooperation, journeyworker upgrade training, apprenticeship, and leadership education. Recognizing that labor and management share many of the same concerns and interests, he has built alliances with a wide range of owners, contractors, and business groups.

A long-time, vocal supporter of Sinn Féin and its work to secure a peaceful, just, and united Ireland, Terry O’Sullivan serves as President of New York Friends of Ireland and Chairman of DC Friends of Ireland.

A proud native of San Francisco, California, he joined LIUNA in 1974, and is a long-time member of LIUNA Local Union 1353 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Click here to read O’Sullivan’s April / May 2017 Hall of Fame profile.

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Sister Tesa Fitzgerald https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/sister-tesa-fitzgerald/ https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/sister-tesa-fitzgerald/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:03:26 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=29304 Read more..]]> Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is the founder and executive director of Hour Children, a nonprofit based in Queens that helps previously incarcerated mothers and their children when the women are released from jail. The nonprofit was founded in 1992 in an effort to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

Born and raised on Long Island, Sister Tesa’s parents were working class Irish immigrants – her mother was from Donegal and her father from Kerry. Though the family wasn’t wealthy – the family lived in a two-bedroom bungalow – she attended private Catholic schools and at 17 joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, NY. Following college, she spent time teaching in Puerto Rico and later in several schools in Queens and Brooklyn, eventually taking on responsibility for the oversight of Catholic emelentary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In addition to being an educator, Sister Tesa is a Certified Foster Care Trainer and has been named a CNN Hero (2012), a White House Champion of Change (2013), the 2014 winner of the Opus Prize, and in 2015 was awarded the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice.

Click here to read Fitzgerald’s April / May 2017 Hall of Fame profile.

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Michael Dowling https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/michael-dowling-10/ https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/michael-dowling-10/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:02:19 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=29300 Read more..]]> Michael Dowling is the president and CEO of Northwell Health and was Irish America’s 2015 Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 keynote speaker. He began his career as a faculty member at Fordham University as a professor and the assistant dean at the Graduate School of Social Services. In 1983, under Governor Mario Cuomo, he served as deputy secretary and director of Health, Education, and Human Services. He became executive vice president and chief operating officer of Northwell (then North Shore-LIJ) in 1997, and was named president and CEO in 2002.

Born and raised in Knockaderry, Co. Limerick, Michael is the eldest of five children. He had to help support his family from an early age, inspiring him to push further and achieve his dreams. “No” was never an option for Michael, as he makes clear: “if you tell me I can’t do something, that’s when I become determined to get it done.” He was the first person in his family to attend college, graduating University College Cork while working odd jobs to pay for tuition. After graduation he went to New York and earned a master’s degree from Fordham. Michael and his wife, Kathy, live on Long Island with their two children, Brian and Elizabeth.

Dowling was named the 2017 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Click here to read Dowling’s April / May 2017 Hall of Fame profile.

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Dr. William C. Campbell https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/dr-william-c-campbell/ https://irishamerica.com/2017/03/dr-william-c-campbell/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:01:27 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=29297 Read more..]]> Donegal native Dr. William Campbell was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on a drug that fights roundworm-related infections. He and his colleague, Professor Satoshi Omura, shared this year’s award for their work in discovering Ivermectin, which has drastically reduced occurrences of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (commonly known as elephantiasis tropica), among other ailments. The drug was developed in the late 1980s and annually treats roughly 25 million people, preventing new cases of river blindness.

Dr. Campbell was born in 1930 in Ramelton, County Donegal and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with honors in 1952 with an undergraduate degree in zoology. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1957.

Campbell is currently a research fellow emeritus at Drew University in New Jersey, and despite having lived in the United States for many years, has remained exceedingly proud of his Donegal heritage. In fact, he always begins his semesters at Drew by showing his new students a picture of his father’s cows on the Mall in his hometown.

Click here to read Campbell’s April / May 2017 Hall of Fame profile. 

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