2000 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement

Patrick A. Mulloy'63

Patrick graduated from King’s with a Bachelor of Arts in history and government in 1963. He received a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Law from Harvard University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from George Washington. He currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance in the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary Mulloy directs a staff of 170 international trade specialists dedicated to improving market access by U. S. companies to international markets by removing foreign barriers to U.S. exports and ensuring foreign countries comply with trade agreements they have negotiated with the United States. He also advises both the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and the Secretary of Commerce on ways to strengthen the international trade and investment positions of the United States. President Clinton also named Patrick a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Patrick has a 35-year career in government service. He began in 1965 as a Foreign Service Officer and served in that capacity until 1973 when he joined the United State Justice Department as a trial Attorney. Six years later he was named Senior Attorney in the Antitrust Division. In 1983 Patrick was named an American Political Science Association Fellow for the U.S. House Ways and Means and Senate Banking Committees. Appointed to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Pat served as General Counsel and Chief International Counsel. Patrick was nominated by President Clinton for his present position and in May of 1998, was confirmed as Assistant Secretary.

Patrick studied at King's in the early '60's. His interests included things spiritual and political. He was an active member of the Cross and Crown Society and he enthusiastically supported the candidacy of John Kennedy. During the presidential campaign of 1960 he learned the value of public service, and with his father at his side, he got to shake John Kennedy's hand, and this became a turning point in his life. To this day, he carries a picture of John Kennedy in his wallet.

Patrick’s hobbies include tennis, reading, history and, of course, politics. It is not widely known in his political circle that he is also acclaimed as a star of an episode of Windsor Park Stories, a local TV series produced by King’s professor Dr. Tony Mussari. ’63. In this documentary, Patrick revealed how his education at King's helped him to choose a career in public service, and he thanked the teachers at King's who helped him to define his role in life.

Patrick is married to Marjorie and they are the parents of three children, Maura, Daniel, and Claire.

Alumni Award for Service to Society

Fr. Clement J. Podskoch '50 (1926-1999)

The King’s College Alumni Award for Service to Society was established to recognize an alumnus/alumna who has distinguished himself/herself through selfless and caring commitment to benefit others. The Award for the year 2000 was conferred posthumously on the Reverend Clement J. Podskoch, C.S.C., a native of Swoyersville and a member of the College’s first graduating class in 1950.

Following graduation from King’s, Clem Podskoch entered the Congregation of Holy Cross and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. After initial assignments as a high school teacher in New York and Connecticut, Father Podskoch returned to the Wyoming Valley in 1961 for a "temporary assignment " as the Catholic Chaplain at the State Correctional Institution, Dallas.

For thirty years, until his retirement in 1991, Father Podskoch was "in jail," as the parish priest, confessor, religious educator and confidant of thousands of men. For many of them, he was their sole contact with the world outside the walls. Hundreds found in him a patient listener and friend, one who provided greeting cards for prisoners to send on holidays, who assembled a library of Catholic literature to strengthen their faith and inaugurated a series of programs to enrich their lives.

Over three decades, Father Pod became well known, admired and respected for his unstinting concern for "his men." He established the group known as the "Pioneers" for older prisoners, promoted the Christian Growth Group, and founded the first prison chapter of "Bread for the World," the St. Dismas Chapter. When impoverished men without survivors died in prison, it was Father Podskoch who arranged for a dignified Christian burial. Each day, on his way to and from Dallas, he stopped at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital to visit those of his men who were hospitalized.

Prison ministry was just part of Father Pod’s extraordinary, yet quiet, care for others. At King’s he served as moderator of the Reginas. He was active in the community as a Board member of the Luzerne County Child Welfare Agency, as executive director of the Greater Wyoming Valley Crime Clinic, and for 20 years faithfully served on the Board of Directors of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. His daily visits to local hospitals made him a familiar figure in the health care institutions of this area.

After his retirement from the State Correctional Institution, Father Podskoch generously assisted in local Catholic parishes, especially at Holy Redeemer in Harding, and often was invited to preach at special occasions. That faithful service continued until his death on October 2, 1999.

With admiration and respect for his example to others, his Alma Mater honors Father Podskoch’s extraordinary commitment and presented to his family the King’s College Alumni Award for Service to Society. The award was accepted by his brother, Martin Podskoch, Jr.

Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater

Raymond D. Kane '50

The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater was established to honor the dedication and commitment of King’s first alumni director. Bob Ell served forty-two years with integrity, warmth, professionalism and a wonderful sense of humor. It is fitting that we presented this award to another member of the class of 1950 who also has served his alma mater with the same integrity, warmth, and sense of humor.

Raymond D. Kane received his B.A. in Economics. While a student he sang with the Men in Red, played football, and despite his size, was chosen as co-captain for his senior year game against Wilkes. Ray served his country during World War II and after graduation was recalled for service in the Korean War. His professional career included 20 years with General Electric and five years with American Management Systems/Unisys. Ray retired in 1990, but still serves as a senior government consultant for LGS Corporation and other business entities. He received the President’s Award in 1998 from the Government Information Technology Executive Council.

Ray married Barbara in 1957 and theirs is a loving relationship. Ray attributes Barbara with giving him "coherence and stability in life." They have five daughters: Nancy, Cindy, Maureen, Judy and Sally, and seven grandchildren - at last count.

He serves on the Cardinal’s Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Cardinal’s Annual Appeal Committee and his parish council. He has served as chair of the school board and the special committee on strategic planning for parishes and the Archdiocese. Ray is also precinct chair for the Republican Party, a sought-after speaker on customer service, and he still finds time to golf.

Ray attends every alumni event he can and usually has a hand in arranging the D.C. area gatherings. He is a gracious host for college personnel who travel in the area and is a strong advocate for his alma mater, having served on regional committees for two capital campaigns. Ray and Barbara have also sponsored a student from Kenya, Africa at King’s College, providing his tuition and serving as his hosts for the entire time he spent in the states. Characteristically, Ray reflected on that service as his and Barbara’s "proudest times," referring to the way King’s "accepted and embraced (the student) as a son. (He said) King’s produced a great asset for Kenya and the results will be felt for ages."

The Leo Award

Charles P. Kane'85

The Leo Award is named for the King’s College mascot. It suggests the energy, pride, and sense of purpose, which the recipient personifies. Charlie graduated in 1985 with a degree in Economics. Coming from parents rich in pride, family commitment, faith and perseverance, Charlie has used his King’s College education to reinforce these values, acquire the liberal learning skills of life and define his goals personally and professionally.

Charlie has captured the spirit of the Leo Award both in his career path and in his volunteer community activities. He has remained involved in King’s through the phonathon, reunion committees, the annual fund, letter writing campaigns for prospective students, the Century Club and more recently the President’s Advisory Council. He has played in the King’s annual golf tournaments even when it became apparent that a few golf lessons were the order of the day.

Charlie is an Eagle Scout and has remained active in scouting, helping young men develop a strong commitment to a principled life. He has served as chairperson for Troop 43’s 75th anniversary of scouting and their In-School Education Program, and as a Career Exploring volunteer and member of the Eagle Board of Review.

In reaching out to his community, Charlie added political involvement to his already busy schedule. As a member of the Republican Party, he was chairperson of the Dole/Kemp Campaign for Luzerne County, Chairperson of Voter Registration, served on the County Republican Executive Committee, the Republican State Committee and was recently elected to the Dallas Borough Council. In his own words Charlie stated, "I feel a responsibility to involve myself in my community and give selflessly of my time and effort."

While working for the Horace Mann Companies, Charles has excelled as an account executive. He has been State Agent of the Year 6 times, National Auto Agent of the Month, Leadership Qualifier for six years running, listed in the Top 100 agents nationally and has won the Horace Mann Community Service Award. He also serves on the Life Underwriters Training Council.

Charles is married to Mercedes DeJuan ’86 and they are the parents of two sons, Connor  and Conrad.

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