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Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards annually honors alumni who exemplify the Concordia University Chicago core values and have brought credit to their alma mater by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. Beginning in 2017, Concordia-Chicago will strive to honor at least one Undergraduate and one Graduate alumni for their contributions to the church and world.

2017 Honorees were recognized at the inaugural Maroon & Gold Banquet September 30. 
Pictured left: Ellen (Boda) BA ’77 & John Miller BA ’76 &  - Undergraduate Award. 
Pictured right: Doris (Anderson) BA '74, MA '06 - Graduate Award & Michael Knuth BA ’75. 

Award Winners

Award Winner

Nominate Alumni Today for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees will be featured at the Maroon & Gold Banquet on Saturday, September 29 in Geisemann Gymnasium. Award categories include:

  • Distinguished Alumni - Undergraduate
  • Distinguished Alumni - Graduate
  • Graduate of the Last Decade (Graduate or Undergraduate)
  • Spiritus Christi

To nominate an alumnus/a for the Distinguished Alumni Awards, please complete and submit the two-page nomination form in its entirety. Submissions must be received no later than March 1 to be considered for the next award cycle. Nominations may be submitted via email Alumni@CUChicago.edu, fax 708-209-3523, or mail to:

Paige Craig, Director of Alumni Relations 
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Concordia University Chicago
7400 August Street, River Forest, IL 60305

Download the Nomination Form (PDF, 94K)

Previous Alumni of the Year Honorees

1984 - Roy G. Kaiser BS '54
1985 - James Aylesworth MA '78
1986 - Raymond L. Schilling BS '55, MA '64
1987 - Daniel J. Leikip '69, MA '75
1988 - Robert W. Smith '64, MA '71
1989 - Geraldine (Bock) Brazeal BA '70
1989 - John Brazeal BA '71, MA '77
1990 - Robert G. Miles BA '65
1991 - Ronald F. Zernicke BA '70
1992 - Guenther K. Herzog BS '50
1993 - Melba (Hueffmeier) Hanssen BS '63
1993 - Lloyd C. Foerster BS '49
1994 - Thomas L. Roemke BS '65, MA '72
1995 - Clifford T. Johnson BA '93, MA '02
1996 - Ralph L. Kohrs BS '58
1997 - Elizabeth (Wachal) Kurth BA '75, CAS '95
1997 - Mark A. Hasenwinkel BA '89
1998 - Steven T. Isoye MA '95
1998 - Fern Pfitzer BS '41
1999 - Barbara (Bramstadt) Korntheuer BA '74, MA '76
1999 - Mark Korntheuer BA '75
2000 - Judy (Werman) Christian BA '69, MA '96
2000 - Gerald L. Koenig BS '60, MA '65

2001 - Laura (Rahe) Latzke BS '66, CAS '82
2001 - C. William Hoesman BS '62
2002 - Allan C. Oesterreich BS '59
2003 - W. James Kirchhoff  BS '57
2003 - Beth E. (Pflug) Heiney BA '80
2004 - Lois Catrambone CAS '92
2004 - Leonard Berghaus BS '61
2005 - Kay Thunder-Haab BS '59
2006 - Walter Richter BS '31
2007 - Kenneth Black BS '58, MA '66
2008 - Judith C. Meier BS '62
2009 - Jeffrey D. Daley BA '66, MA '71
2010 - Louise Schini Weber BA '69
2011 - Yoko Y. Avramov MA '04 
2011 - Jeffrey Hesterman BA '81
2012 - Philip J. Zielke BA '04
2013 - David M. Stocker BS '61 
2013 - Carol (Fredericks) Ebeling BS '63
2014 - Kurtis D. Schultz BA '75
2015 - Arthur L. Preuss, Sr. BS '54
2016 - David H. Krubsack BS '58
2017 - Christopher Steinmann MA '08