On April 28, the Alumni Association held the seventh annual Alumni Awards Dinner, honoring five Santa Clara graduates for outstanding achievements and service with the Ignatian, Louis I. Bannan, and Paul L. Locatelli Awards. These alumni were Robert Downey ’92, Dori Rose Inda J.D. ’00, Larry McDonald ’66, Nick Livak ’59, J.D. ’62, and Francisco Jimenez ’66.
The Ignatian Award
This award recognizes those Santa Clara University alumni who live SCU ideals and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through outstanding achievement in their service to humanity.
Robert Downey ’92 utilizes his outstanding skills as a teacher and laboratory scientist to help others across the globe. Since 2004, Downey has been traveling to Haiti three times a year on a voluntary basis to provide laboratory services to needy people there, including rapid testing for major infectious diseases such as HIV, as well as routine blood chemistry tests that are otherwise unavailable to this population. His lab also provides malaria screening, pregnancy testing, and the diagnosis and monitoring of the common, serious illnesses of the rural poor. In addition to doing the lab work himself, Downey trains volunteers in basic lab techniques so they can run the lab in his absence.
Downey has also helped improve and modernize laboratories in the national hospital and other regional hospitals in Tanzania. In addition, he is a deployable volunteer member of the CA-4 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a part of the National Disaster Medical System run by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the CA-4 DMAT is to set up medical teams that can be self sufficient in a disaster area for up to 72 hours. His team was deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1989, Dori Rose Inda J.D. ’00 worked for over ten years as a social worker with homeless men and women and foster families in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. She began law school at Santa Clara University in 1997. During her three years of study, she commuted fifty miles from Watsonville to Santa Clara to attend classes and intern at the school’s legal clinic while raising two school-age children. As a law intern, she assisted on a consumer fraud case in which many of the victims were from the Watsonville area. These clients were unable to obtain legal representation locally, and this brought to light the critical gap in legal services in Watsonville.
She then dedicated herself to founding the Watsonville Law Center (WLC), modeling it after the legal clinic at Santa Clara. The WLC is a non-profit dedicated to providing essential legal services to low-income families and individuals. WLC focuses on addressing issues related to worker rights, consumer protection and barriers to employment.
Larry McDonald ’66 was recruited as a pitcher to Santa Clara on a baseball scholarship in 1962. He majored in business and met his wife of 45 years, Karen, when they were both students on campus.
In 2007, McDonald was ordained a deacon. After ordination, the Archbishop of Seattle appointed McDonald administrator of a new parish. The parish was to serve a diverse community of business people, the poor living in the streets or shelters, as well as Catholics living in new multi-million dollar high-rise condos. He managed to fundraise, create a marketing plan, recruit volunteer leadership, and undertake a major building project—and in August 2010, Christ Our Hope became the first new parish to be established in the archdiocese in over 40 years.
In addition to his responsibilities at Christ Our Hope, McDonald continues his diaconal ministry at his home parish. He is also a Trustee of the Fulcrum Foundation in Seattle, which provides financial assistance to promote and support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle primarily through tuition assistance, assistance to schools in need, and initiatives that promote academic excellence and faith formation. He has also served on the Board of Regents at SCU, been a member of the Bronco Bench Foundation, and in 1996, established the Larry and Karen McDonald Family Endowed Scholarship here at Santa Clara.
The Louis I. Bannan, S.J., Award
This award recognizes a single individual or couple who has given distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. Nick Livak ’59, J.D. ’62 has supported Santa Clara for more than 50 years. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Bronco Bench; attends many University events each year; is a vocal supporter at all men’s and women’s basketball games, among other sports; has served on his committee each reunion year; is active with the SCU School of Law in fundraising and activities; is a volunteer with the New Student Calling Program; and was an SCU Ambassador. Nick is well known around the campus and among alumni, and has given back to the University with both his time and financial support consistently since he graduated.
The Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Award
This award recognizes a single Santa Clara University employee or affiliate who has given distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. Francisco Jimenez ’66 was recognized for his longstanding and distinguished career as a scholar and author, and also his unwavering commitment to Santa Clara alumni. He maintains strong connections with his former students, is a speaker at many Alumni Association events, attends association and University events as an alumnus, and consistently participates in Grand Reunion weekends as both author and lecturer.