1998 Alumni Award Recipients


Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement

Michael K. Kowalski, M.D. '67

The Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement is presented to Dr. Michael Kenneth Kowalski, son of Frank and Lillian Kowalski, of Hunlocks Creek, PA. Mike was graduated from King's College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1967. He is one of three brothers and a son, all doctors, who also graduated from King's.

In 1971, Mike received the Doctor of Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He then embarked on a decade long military career in the United States Army Medical Corps. Mike served in medical and teaching positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. as well as serving as a senior clinical instructor at the DeWitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA.

In 1973, Mike was a consultant to the John Hopkins Program for International Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology where he traveled to Malaysia and Nicaragua, where he taught advanced laparoscopic surgery techniques.

He is a member of many medical societies and serves on medical and peer review committees and has previously held teaching positions at George Washington Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. Mike was chosen Best Clinical Instructor of 1989 by the obstetric and gynecology resident doctors and also has been voted one of the Washingtonian Magazine's Top Doctors.

Mike has devoted himself to private practice in the Washington, D.C. area where he serves as president of his five doctor medical group. He has served as assistant chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Sibley Memorial Hospital as well as president of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Medical Association.

In January, 1998, Mike and his son, Christopher (King's '93), were members of a Surgical-Medical team in the Philippines, operating under very primitive conditions 12-14 hours per day. While there they performed an emergency Cesarean section, saving the lives of the young mother and her first baby. They became local "heroes" and were presented a citation by the Governor of Leyte for their surgical achievements.

Mike has been an active alumnus. Mike and his wife, Carol, have personally established The Thomas V. Tobin Faculty Research and Development Fund.


The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award For Outstanding Service to Alma Mater

Michael D. Molewski '84

The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater was established to honor the dedication and commitment of King's College first alumni director. Bob Ell served forty-two years with integrity, warmth, professionalism and a wonderful sense of humor.

Mike Molewski, though not even as old as Bob's career was long, has already set an impressive record of service. Mike graduated in 1984 as president of his class with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and psychology.

Professionally, Mike has earned certification as a financial planner and as a chartered financial consultant. He is executive vice president and shareholder of Cornerstone Advisors, a respected financial advisory firm specializing in business succession, estate planning, charitable planning, asset management and compensation planning.

While Mike's career was advancing, he never forgot King's. He recruited students with the alumni in admissions program, including his sister Darlene '94 and brother Jimmy '96. He recruited on campus for the career planning and placement office, and hired King's graduates. Mike served two three-year terms on the President's Council and currently serves on the McGowan School of Business Advisory Council, and the National Committee for the Jubilee Campaign. He has lent his financial expertise to King's on many occasions and is a faithful organizer of alumni events in the Lehigh Valley area, as well as a Reunion volunteer.

Mike is almost as devoted to King's as he is to his spouse, Diane, and Darlene '94 and brother Jimmy '96. He recruited on campus for the career planning and placement office, and hired King's graduates. Mike served two three-year terms on the President's Council and currently serves on the McGowan School of Business Advisory Council, and the National Committee for the Jubilee Campaign. He has lent his financial expertise to King's on many occasions and is a faithful organizer of alumni events in the Lehigh Valley area, as well as a Reunion volunteer.

Mike is almost as devoted to King's as he is to his spouse, Diane, and their beautiful girls, Amy, Kelly and Melanie.


The King's College Alumni Award for Service to Society

Richard J. Gallagher '64

Richard J. Gallagher received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1964. He has made his life's work the serving of individual addicted to alcohol and drugs; a profession not usually accorded large financial benefits. He has struggled to bring dignity, self-respect and better treatment to those he serves.

After Dick's "work" is through, he devotes endless hours and digs deep into his own limited resources to gather and print high school sports information for Western New York 

State. High school athletic directors and varsity coaches consider Dick the authority on area high school football. He also assembles packets of information about players and mails them to Division I, II and III schools, hoping scholarship offers will help student athletes further their education. His effort provide the players with recognition and positive reinforcement, and perhaps even gives them the encouragement they need to keep them out of Dick's future client roles.

Publishing Western New York State Sports News is his first priority, but he also serves on the board of directors of many community and athletic organizations and has been honored by his community and the Church. Dick even had an opportunity to showcase his own athletic ability when he was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch on its journey to Atlanta in 1996.


The Leo Award

Cecelia Murphy '90

Cecelia Murphy is a 1990 graduate with majors in English and secondary education and a minor in mathematics. As a student she was active in student government, worked on the Crown staff, sang with Les Chanteuses, and was a member of the Math and Computer Science Club and the Education Club.

Cece captured the spirit of the Leo Award both in her professional career path and in volunteer community activities. Her first year of teaching was spent in San Salvador. She returned home to Luzerne County to teach basic skills to local factory workers. The next three years Cece focused her energy in teaching pre-algebra, geometry, and English at Colegio Americano de Torreon in Mexico. Her reward was being named English department chair. As a teacher, she volunteered to chaperone student groups on trips, but she said, "I saw more of the country that way." She characterized her time in Mexico as "an unforgettable work and well as learning experience."

Cece's summers during these years were not spent on the beach, but in teaching English in the Project Rise Program back home in Luzerne County. Currently Cece teaches Spanish, English and writing to 6th, 7th & 8th grade students at St. Regis Academy in Swoyersville. She remains a student, too, pursuing a Masters in Reading.

A King's education tries to instill a commitment to one's community and a spirit of volunteerism. Cece personifies that commitment as a volunteer in her Church, an RCIC sponsor, CCD teacher, blood donor and, of course, a tutor.

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