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Service to Society Award

In 1999, the Alumnae and Alumni Association established the Service to Society Award.

This award is presented to a graduate who best exemplifies the ideals of a Notre Dame education through the application of their education, initiative and humanity to socially useful ends in the community, nation or world. All graduates are eligible.

2015 Award Winners - Susan Gardiner Larkin '65 Ph.D.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Susan joined the Peace Corps, serving for two years as a teacher in the Philippines. On her return, she worked in publishing in New York. She turned to freelance status on the birth of her first child, working first as an editor and then as a writer, contributing to such publications as Travel & Leisure and The Illustrated London News.

Meanwhile, she became increasingly involved in the visual arts and pursued graduate studies in that field, earning an M. A. with distinction from The City University, London, and a Ph. D. in art history from the City University of New York. In her first graduate seminar, she was thrilled to see that an essay she had written when she had a B. A. in English was on her professor’s must-read short bibliography. Continuing to work independently, she has curated numerous exhibitions, among which two toured nationally (one to Japan), and has contributed to exhibition and collection catalogues for museums including the Corcoran Gallery, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the New-York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


1999:  Patricia Fosarelli ’73, M.D., Ph.D. 2007:  Mary Ellen Vanni ’69
2000:  Diana Mand ’69 2008:  Mary Ellen Dougherty, SSND ’58
           Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND ’47
2001:  Sue Ford Patrick ’67

2009:  Mary Gabriel Roeder, SSND ’59

2002:  Retta Blaney ’78 2010:  Christopher L. Benzing, M’05
            Virginia Bartlett Rugemer, C’91
2003:  Diane Roberts McGlinchey ’59 2011:  Susan Love, M.D. ’70
2004:  Carole Artigiani ’62 2012:  Judy Geilfuss Dobson ’62
2005:  Margaret M. Wintz ’45 2013: Margaret O'Connor Markovic '82
2006:  Susan Mueller Aumann ’83  2014: Andrea Bowden '69, Ph. D. 
          Betty Contino W'89
  2015: Susan Gardiner Larkin '65 Ph.D.