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Woman of Many Accomplishments

“Therese has been characterized as a woman of many accomplishments who successfully combines the roles of mother, career woman and community leader. In these roles, Therese has been recognized by her colleagues and peers as a woman of integrity, a thoughtful listener, a creative thinker and an effective collaborator. Through her commitment of time, talent and treasure, Therese has embodied the ideals and values of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the College.”

These words, written in preparation for selecting the 2009 Fidelia Award recipient, describe a long-time friend and kind supporter of Notre Dame College. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, alumna Therese Buettner Hummer ’46 was honored for more than six decades of service to NDC, becoming the 24th recipient of one of the College’s highest honors.A Generous Supporter: Therese Buettner Hummer '46 is the 24th recipient of the Fidelia Award.

“A mother of seven, a community volunteer and a devout Catholic, Therese Hummer is living the mission of our College,” said Notre Dame’s President Dr. Andrew P. Roth. “Therese has an endless devotion to the College, the alumni and the nuns. We are especially grateful for her family’s very generous donation that helped renew Christ the King Chapel, the spiritual heart of our campus.”

A plaque hanging in the back of the chapel reminds its visitors that last year’s renewal would not have been possible without the support of Mrs. Hummer and her family. Through their generosity, the College was able to repair the delicate stained glass windows and refinish the pews.

Mrs. Hummer’s services to the College, however, far exceed her monetary contributions. They date back to her student days in the 1940s and continued after she graduated Notre Dame College with a dietetics degree in 1946. Over the past 63 years, she has remained a devoted supporter of the College in many ways. Among other things, Mrs. Hummer served as the president of the Alumnae Association in 1969 and 1970. Two years later, she was named the Alumnae Association’s Woman of the Year.

In 1991, after retiring from a long, successful career as a commercial marketing food service representative with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Mrs. Hummer re-joined the College as director of alumnae affairs. After leaving that position in 1993, she continued to support NDC through volunteer work in the Development Office, participating in phonathons and other special events.

Her energy also spilled over into a faithful love for the Church, and she enjoyed being involved in anything that served other people. The Christ Child Society was just one of those many service avenues Mrs. Hummer explored. On numerous occasions, Mrs. Hummer would also lend a helping hand to the nuns, whom she loved dearly. She, for instance, shared her expertise with the Sisters in Chardon when they converted their kitchens from natural gas to electric.

Recounting the days when she first stepped onto Notre Dame’s campus, Mrs. Hummer said she was “humbled by such great honor.”First of Many Accomplishments: Therese Buettner Hummer graduated NDC in 1946.

“Notre Dame had a tremendous impact on my life in many ways, not only academically but also spiritually and mentally,” Mrs. Hummer said. “I received the total education package.”

“Notre Dame was a very small college when I was there. The faculty was so well educated and they were always available to us no matter what need we had. I have a feeling that the College has been able to maintain that,” Mrs. Hummer said.

Mrs. Hummer said the Catholic education she received from the Sisters of Notre Dame was extremely important to her. “As you move into the world and meet people with different beliefs and view points, you feel very grounded in what you believe,” Mrs. Hummer said. “Notre Dame was the foundation for that belief. It was an outstanding institution of learning and remains so today.”

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 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.

Christian Taske ‘07 is the editor and writer at Notre Dame College.