An annual tradition, the Alumni Dinner, returned to campus on October 28, as two of St. Sebastian’s favorite sons were honored with alumni awards. Gathering in Martin Hall, alumni and family came out to recognize the contributions of Peter McLaughlin `55, GP`13,`19,`24,`24 and Andy Bartlett `03 to the wellbeing and success of their School. Alumni Board President Peter Galligan `74 presided over the event attended by alumni representing nearly 70 years of our collective history.
The Recent Alumni Service Award, now in its second year, was presented to Andy Bartlett for his ongoing commitment to St. Sebastian’s and the Class of 2003. Headmaster Burke thanked Andy for his many accolades as an alumnus, including Class Agent, Reunion Committee Member, and Alumni Board Events Chairman. In addition, Andy worked in the Alumni Office from 2009-2016. Congratulations to Andy on this well-deserved honor.
Peter McLaughlin’s lifetime commitment to St. Sebastian’s dates back to 1950 when he arrived as a freshman. His life is one that truly links St. Sebastian’s past to its future as his pride in his School has only grown since four of his grandchildren have gone on to attend his alma mater. Peter’s roles as Class Agent, Alumni Board Member, and Reunion Committee Member have served him well in bringing the alumni perspective to the Board of Trustees. On the Board, Peter has been a leader on the Development Committee, playing active roles in both the Spirit & People Campaign and the Henry T. Lane Rink Improvement Project and serving as Chairman of the McInnis Society, St. Sebastian’s planned giving effort. In recognizing Peter with the Alumni Service Award, Headmaster Burke thanked him for embodying the final lines of our mission statement, “The ideal St. Sebastian’s graduate will be a moral and just person, a gentleman of courage, honor, and wisdom, a life-long learner who continues to grow in his capacity to know, to love, and to serve God and neighbor.” Congratulations and thank you to Peter, an Arrow forever!