In 1999, the Alumnae and Alumni Association established the Service to Society Award. All graduates are eligible.
Veronica “Ronne” Walker Hackett is a 1967 graduate of the Women’s College who continued a legacy of Notre Dame women including her grandmother, Genevieve Watson Johnson from the class of 1914 and her mother Alice Marie Johnson Walker from the class of 1943. Few can match the dedication, commitment, and accomplishments of Ronne’s decades of engagement with her alma mater.
Ronne is a shining example of tenacity and generosity. Her stellar career in commercial real estate is evidenced by having been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in New York” and one of “100 Most Important People in Real Estate” by NY business publications. In addition to co-founding the Clarett Group, a premier real estate firm, she has overseen developments in major US cities and Europe, and played a key role in the transformation of Times Square.
Her career accomplishments are extraordinary. So is her philanthropy with a demonstrated interest in the success of women and girls. She has served as a board member of prominent real estate organizations including The Urban Land Institute, WX & REBNY as well as the Committee of 200 Women Entrepreneurs. Additionally, she was a long time director of Girls, Inc – an organization that inspires all girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” Ronne has been a consistent and generous Meletia-level supporter of Notre Dame over the last 33 years and received the Elizabeth P. Hoisington Distinguished Alumna Award in 1992.
Ronne, today we honor you once again and express our gratitude not only for all you do for Notre Dame, but for women and girls who gain new futures by learning from your inspiring leadership, career excellence, and exemplary service to society.
|1999||Patricia Fosarelli ’73, M.D., Ph.D.|
|2000||Diana Mand ’69|
|2001||Sue Ford Patrick ’67|
|2002||Retta Blaney ’78|
|2003||Diane Roberts McGlinchey ’59|
|2004||Carole Artigiani ’62|
|2005||Margaret M. Wintz ’45|
|2006||Susan Mueller Aumann ’83|
|2007||Mary Ellen Vanni ’69|
|2008||Mary Ellen Dougherty, SSND ’58
Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND ’47
|2009||Mary Gabriel Roeder, SSND ’59|
|2010||Christopher L. Benzing, M’05
Virginia Bartlett Rugemer, C’91
|2011||Susan Love, M.D. ’70|
|2012||Judy Geilfuss Dobson ’62|
|2013||Margaret O'Connor Markovic '82|
|2014||Andrea Bowden '69, Ph. D.
Betty Contino W'89
|2015||Susan Gardiner Larkin '65 Ph.D.|
|2016||Sr. Patricia McLaughlin, SSND '66|
|2017||Mary Ellen McFadden '67, MSN '85|
|2018||Nancy Ruiz Lee '91|
|2019||Sara Martinelli de la Guardia '69|