The William and Mary Alumni Association honored five of its most distinguished graduates on Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2011. This year’s event featured video tributes, a packed Commonwealth Auditorium and heartfelt and passionate speeches by the awardees, who were Sue Hanna Gerdelman ’76, Rene Henry ’54, Marilyn Ward Midyette ’75, J. Robert “Bob” Mooney ’66 and Michael K. Powell ’85, D.P.S. ’02. The Alumni Medallion is the highest award the William and Mary Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments, leadership and dedication to their community and commitment to their alma mater.
It has been said that the Renaissance lives on through J. Robert “Bob” Mooney ’66, as he has made his mark in the Richmond, Va., area, leading businesses, nonprofits and performing arts organizations. “I, like many of our speakers, were reminded of the motto that states ‘students come here wanting to change the world, and leave with the tools to do it.’ Some of the students here today will actually change the world. But all of us can change someone’s world. And so, whether you carry out your calling by changing the world, or someone’s world, you will always find success in your work.”