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The O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award, named for Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35, is presented to a dedicated alumna/us for her/his life-long advocacy of Dominican University. The award is presented at Reunion.

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2022 O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award Recipient: Kathryn Klem Large ’71

A South Bend, Ind. native, Kathryn has “raised her hand” regularly over the years. With two sons, she spent time as a Cub Scout den mom, chair of grade school book fairs, ice cream socials, and later post-prom parties at their high school. She has taught ‘Tiny Seed’ and Baptism prep classes at her parishes, plus been a stocker at the food pantry.

As a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, she helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity, hauling shingles and hanging vinyl siding! A 50+ year member of the local Christ Child Society Chapter, she has sewn layettes for the hospital, soft toys for the holiday bazaar, and winter hats for the children. For 37 years, she was a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, a philanthropic organization. “I was cheeseball chairman for too many years to count, cranking out 4,000+ cheeseballs every November to raise money for children with speech and hearing difficulties.”

Recently, she has made quilts for veterans and received blankets for Haitian babies. “I have loved every project and have met such generous people, much like each of you, and I hope to continue for many more years.”

Previous Recipients of the O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award

2021: Class of 1970 Reunion Planning Committee: Karen Hausing Brown, Diane Miller Daly, Brigitte Hillier DePue, Maryalice Maloney Dewbray, Mary Hayes, Margaret Enright Molenda, Mimi Gorak Murray, Jean Rasmussen
2019: Susan Kreuz McCoyd ’69
2018: Carol Anderson Kunze ’68, Marilyn Freehill Jancewicz ’68
2017: Mary Boyle Callow ’67
2015: Cheryl Skender ’80
2013: Susan Flynn ’63
2012: Dorothy Ann Shields De Spain ’52
2011: Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa ’49
2010: Sr. Kaye Ashe, OP ’52
2009: Anne and Hugh McElwain
2008: Sherry S. Treston ’72
2007: Kathleen Prunty ’94, MBA ’97
2006: M. Catherine Crowley Ryan ’61
2005: Ann Therese Gorman ’50
2004: Henry W. Wiggins, Jr., MD 
2003: Jean Burke Foran ’47
2002: Carolyn Haddad Lang
2001: Victor Romano, MD, Allan Santos, MBA ’91
2000: Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35, Eileen Gomolinski Priest ’68
1998: Mary Swanson Koch ’42
1997: Laura M. Nozicka ’92
1996: Maureen Hayes Philips ’88, Karen Rezabek ’75

To nominate an alumna/us for the O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award, click the following Nomination form and select “O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award” in the drop-down menu.

Supplemental materials that cannot be uploaded may be mailed to Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. You can also fax supplemental materials to (708) 366-4197.

Please email the Office of Alumnae/i Relations or call (708) 524-6286 with any questions regarding award nominations.