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Professors and Foundations Honored at Spring Faculty Convocation

March 19, 2014 – Georgetown honored 30 professors and academic and administrative professionals for their 20 years of service to the university during Spring Faculty Convocation yesterday in Gaston Hall.

Twenty-two Georgetown professors and professionals received gold Vicennial Medals for their full-time service to the university and another eight employees received silver medals for part-time work.

“We mark our academic year with gatherings like this one to pause and reflect on our shared mission as members of the Academy and to acknowledge and honor colleagues who exemplify the very best of our community,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, who handed the Vicennial Medals to the awardees.


Patricia King, Carmack Waterhouse professor of law, medicine, ethics and public policy, delivered the convocation’s annual Life of Learning speech.

King, whose work focuses on bioethics and health disparities, joined Georgetown’s faculty in 1973. She has taught courses on family law and a seminar on bioethics and the law.

“Throughout her extraordinary career … [King] has remained steadfast in her commitment to justice, to excellence and to the promotion of the common good,” DeGioia said.

During her address, King traced the roots of her passion for education and health to her experiences with segregation, health care, racism and diversity growing up in Norfolk, Va., and during her undergraduate years at Wheaton College and Harvard Law School.

“This has been my life of learning and my life’s work,” she said, “to bring the young girl so demeaned by her experiences with medicine, the college student undermined by countless micro-aggressions, to the table with me when I run a classroom … or try to influence the discourse on race and health."


The university also recognized its newest inductees to the 1789 Society during the convocation.

The newest members of the university’s most prestigious society of benefactors include alumni, parents of students and two foundations.

“Thanks to these gifts, we are able to create faculty chairs, assure financial aid to deserving students and provide outstanding campus facilities,” said Georgetown Provost Robert Groves. “Your vision and leadership provide a beacon for Georgetown’s advancement as one of the finest institutions in the world.”

This year’s Gold Vicennial Medal awardees are:

  • Thomas Banchoff, vice president for global engagement and professor of government
  • Timothy Beach, Cinco Hermanos chair in environment and international affairs and professor of geography and geoscience
  • Daniel Brumberg, associate professor of government
  • Patricia Cloonan, associate professor of health systems administration
  • Martina Darragh, deputy director for reference services at the Bioethics Research Library
  • Deborah Epstein, professor of law and director of Georgetown’s Domestic Violence Clinic
  • John Esposito, university professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
  • R. Scott Foster, director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies
  • Rhonda Friedman, professor of neurology
  • Lawrence Gostin, university professor and founding Linda and Timothy O’Neill Chair in global health law
  • Yvonne Haddad, professor of history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations
  • M. Lindsay Kaplan, associate professor of English
  • Charles Kupchan, professor of international affairs
  • Jeanne Matthews, chair and assistant professor of nursing
  • Joshua Mitchell, professor of political theory
  • Mini Murphy, curricular dean in science, technology and international affairs
  • Paul Portner, professor of linguistics
  • David Taylor, assistant dean for student learning for the Medical Center
  • Susan Terrio, professor of anthropology and French studies
  • John Tutino, professor of history
  • Simone Woung, senior associate registrar for the Law Center
  • Elizabeth Zsiga, professor of linguistics

This year’s Silver Vicennial Medal Awardees are:

  • Robert Bednarzik, visiting professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Reid Peyton Chambers, adjunct professor law
  • Alfreda Davis, adjunct professor of performing arts
  • Mark Ellenberg, adjunct professor of law
  • Lawrence Kaplan, professorial lecturer of history
  • S. Anthony McCann, adjunct lecturer in the graduate liberal studies program
  • Charles Roe Mills, adjunct professor of law
  • Pamela Sodhy, adjunct associate professor of Asian studies

This year’s 1789 Society inductees are:

  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Philip (F’86) and Dr. Patricia (C’85) Bilden
  • David and Suzanne Booth
  • William E. Conway Jr. and Joanne Barkett Conway
  • Peter S. Croncota (B’83)
  • Jamal and Rania Daniel
  • Martin Halusa (C’77)
  • John and Annalia Idol
  • Asad and Ambreen Jamal
  • Barbara Ellis Jones (C’74)
  • Kuwait-America Foundation
  • Laurie Hodges Lapeyre (B’83) and Pierre F. Lapeyre Jr.
  • Donald and Catherine Marron
  • Michael (B’89) and Robin Psaros
  • Daniel and Mary Stanton
  • Gil Tenzer (B’84) and Orit Mardkha-Tenzer
  • Amre Youness (F’84) and Caroline Heinz-Youness (F’84)

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