McCarthy Receives 2012 Fidelia Award

Notre Dame College awarded one of its highest honors, the 2012 Fidelia Award, to trustee M. Joan McCarthy. McCarthy received the award during a dinner in the College’s Great Room on Sept. 20.

In recognition of her service to the board as well as her overall dedication and service to Notre Dame College, McCarthy is a most worthy recipient of the 2012 Fidelia Award. Throughout her years as a trustee, four of which she served as chair, McCarthy has demonstrated outstanding fidelity to NDC and has been instrumental in many of the significant milestones in the College’s recent history.

Among other things, McCarthy participated in the committee that selected Dr. Andrew P. Roth as the College’s 13th president and helped the College to build residence halls, buy land, build a parking lot, and acquire the former Regina High School building. As chair of the board, McCarthy quietly sought support for the fundraising campaign to renew the College’s Christ the King Chapel, and was the person who secured the major gift that made the campaign a success.

“It’s so rewarding to see the progress and live the Notre Dame College success story,” McCarthy said. “It’s especially rewarding to see how the College is growing not only in quantity but in quality as well.”

McCarthy is a lifelong Clevelander who grew up on the west side and currently lives in Lakewood. She is the oldest of seven children and has 16 nieces and nephews. In 1987, she founded MJM Services, an organization that provides association management services to alumni groups and professional organizations statewide, nationally and internationally.

Notre Dame College presents the Fidelia Award to those who have rendered distinguished service and demonstrated outstanding fidelity to the College. The Fidelia Award is similar in scope to the Laetare Medal presented by the University of Notre Dame and the Cardinal Gibbons Medal presented by the Catholic University of America. The recipients are determined by Notre Dame’s board of trustees.

The Fidelia Award was first presented in 1981 to Joseph H. Keller, patron of NDC’s recreational indoor facility. Other recipients include the Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland, former National City Bank CEO Edward B. Brandon, and the Hugh M. O’Neill Family.

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