In 1999, the Alumnae and Alumni Association established the Service to Society Award. All graduates are eligible.
Dorothy Pula Strohecker '52
Dorothy Pula Strohecker is a 1952 graduate of Notre Dame, an Honor Society member, a 1996 PhD in Literature from the University of Maryland, and the mother of eight. Since college days, she has been a student and teacher of English, American, and World Literatures, especially of Russian and Polish Lit in translation. Her dissertation was on the Doppelganger in Joseph Conrad’s fiction, and she has presented many papers at Conrad Conferences at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Poland. She has written works of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including a workbook on English grammar. After teaching for Baltimore City Public Schools for a total of 13 years, she has taught Literature, Literary Analysis, and Composition at the Community College of Baltimore County, Carroll Community College, Baltimore College of Commerce (now part of the University of Baltimore), Towson University, and the University of Maryland at College Park.
Equally important with her professional employment has been her volunteer work. She taught literature and literary analysis for 20 years as a volunteer with the Renaissance Institute, Notre Dame’s lifelong learning organization. She also created the Education Committee for the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland, under which she formed a Book Club for studying Polish Literature in translation, that she has continuously chaired for the past 13 years and is still teaching now. Before these endeavors, Dorothy had tutored in English as a Second or Other Language at a local church, been a member of the Board for a local music society, sung for two different choral groups, run a literary book club from her home, demonstrated with the League on Human Rights in Randallstown, and volunteered with a local chapter of the Christian Family Movement. All of these activities have given her a full and fulfilling life, while she hopes benefitting many students, church members, and community citizens, and she is grateful for these opportunities to be of service.
|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|
|2020||Veronica Walker Hackett '67|
|2021||Natalie Mistichelli Ramirez ’94|
|2022||Dorothy Pula Strohecker '52|