Claven Award recipients honored   

The 29th Claven Awards ceremony and dinner took place at the Race Brook Country Club in Orange on April 27.

“The recipients of the Claven XXIX Award are all outstanding individuals serving in the Mercy tradition,” President Antoinette Iadarola. “Their accomplishments align with Lauralton’s mission of empowering women for life, not just in Fairfield County and New Haven County, but in the world at large through their philanthropic, professional and spiritual work.”

The Claven Award, inaugurated in 1980 to honor individuals who are committed to serving in the Mercy tradition, is named for Lauralton Hall’s foundress, Mother Mary Augustine Claven. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the McClean Award, named for Rev. Peter H. McClean, revered mentor, chaplain and lifelong friend of Lauralton Hall, and The Reverend Cornelius J. Doherty Distinguished Service Award.

The festivities began with the presentation of The Reverend Cornelius J. Doherty Distinguished Service Award to Kate Linsley Rodgers, a graduate of the Class of 1967 and an educator at Lauralton Hall for almost four decades.

The Reverend Peter H. McClean Award was awarded to James P. Mooney, M.D., a friend of the school who has assisted in the restoration of the historic 1864 carriage barn and its planned conversion into an arts center, along with his wife and Claven recipient, alumna and philanthropist Mildred Pinto Mooney ’50.

Sister Eugenie Guterch, RSM, a member of the Connecticut Sisters of Mercy for 48 years, was also honored with a Claven award, as was Marolyn Agro Paulis ’62, who was recognized for her many church and business achievements. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, DrPH, MSN, RN, USAF (Ret), Commissioner of the CTDepartment of Veterans’ Affairs and the first female to hold that position, rounded
out the Claven honorees.


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