2014 John Carroll Award Biographies

The John Carroll Award is named for Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in North America and founder of Georgetown University. Established in 1951, this award is conferred upon alumni whose achievements and record of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and its founder. Eligible candidates for the John Carroll Award exclude those solely with an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University. A maximum of six awards may be bestowed annually.

Jane Hopkins Carey (C'79, Parent'10, '12), Wilmington, Delaware

Jane Hopkins Carey's career has spanned more than three decades in the advancement and support of education.

Currently the chair of the Georgetown University Board of Regents, Ms. Carey previously served as chair of the Nominating Committee and vice chair of the board. She is also a member of the Board of Directors, serving as vice chair of the Main Campus Affairs Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. Read more...

Ms. Carey began her 16-year professional career at Georgetown as a speechwriter in the 1980s for then-President Timothy S. Healy, S.J., eventually rising to become associate vice president of the Office of Alumni and University Relations. She then became the first executive director of what is now the Cawley Career Education Center. There, Ms. Carey created a strong counseling and placement program for undergraduates, raising the funds necessary to build a new center in 1995.

Upon moving with her family to Wilmington, Del., in 1997, Ms. Carey was a grants consultant for the MBNA Education Foundation, working with teachers and community leaders to evaluate cutting-edge teaching programs in K-12 schools throughout the state.

In 2007, Ms. Carey returned to Georgetown as the managing director for leadership engagement in Georgetown's Office of Advancement. In 2010, she transitioned to her current role as chair of the regents. An integral contributor to the launch of the For Generations to Come campaign, she is also an advocate for scholarship fundraising, having served as a founding member of the Georgetown Scholarship Program Board. Her leadership and lifetime of service have elevated the overall impact of the regents in every aspect of their work for Georgetown. The university recognized the regents' extraordinary service by naming the state-of-the-art science building Regents Hall in 2012.

A lifelong advocate for education, Ms. Carey has served on the Board of Trustees of Tower Hill School in Wilmington and currently serves as vice chair on the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Seminary in Buffalo, N.Y., and as a member of the Parents Council of St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Ms. Carey and her husband, John (C'78, L'83), have three sons: Will (C'10), Tim (C'12) and J.P.

John C. Courtin (C'70, L'78, Parent'13), Buffalo, New York

An exemplar of the Jesuit tradition of women and men for others, John Courtin is an architect of ideas and a resource for positive change.

Mr. Courtin has been recognized as "one of the most significant individuals in the history of rowing at Georgetown" by Tony Johnson, head coach of rowing. As an undergraduate, Mr. Courtin was a member of the eight-oared heavyweight crew that rowed to first place at the 1969 Dad Vail Regatta. After earning his bachelor's degree, Mr. Courtin began his career at the Georgetown University Alumni Association. Read more...

Mr. Courtin coached the varsity lightweight rowing team for two seasons while working at the Alumni House. As director of the Annual Fund, he brought annual giving to its first $1 million mark. Mr. Courtin met his future wife at Georgetown, Sharon Courtin (NHS'76), who was one of the founders of the Georgetown women's crew program.

In 1984, Mr. Courtin became executive director of the alumni association. His many accomplishments as director included conceptualizing and constructing the Reed Alumni Residence. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.

Following a six-year tenure as director, Mr. Courtin moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where he practiced law and co-founded the Martin House Restoration Corp. In 1998, he gave up his law practice to serve as the corporation's full-time executive director. Under his direction, the organization raised more than $40 million to restore Frank Lloyd Wright's residential masterwork, the Darwin D. Martin House Complex, earning him nationwide recognition.

A committed preservationist, Mr. Courtin dreamed of constructing a rowing boathouse in Buffalo that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1905 but was never built. In 2000, he founded the FLW's Rowing Boathouse Corp., built its Board of Directors and led the $6 million fundraising effort. The boathouse was finished in 2007.

In 2007, Mr. Courtin was named a vice president of the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. He retired in 2012.

John and Sharon Courtin have three children: Christopher, Allison—who coaches the Georgetown men's lightweight freshmen crew—and Cathryn (F'13), a former coxswain for the men's lightweight varsity team.

Robert M. Flanagan (B'67, Parent'93, '95, '99), Johns Island, South Carolina

As a father, husband, businessman and volunteer, Robert M. Flanagan has infused every dimension of his life with a steady commitment to Jesuit values and education.

After his graduation from Georgetown in 1967, Mr. Flanagan served in South Korea for 15 months as a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army before launching a career on Wall Street. He began his career at the New York Stock Exchange in 1970 and joined the firm of Weil and Duffy as a partner in 1973. Mr. Flanagan's firm was succeeded by Lawrence, O'Donnell, Marcus & Co. in 1987, and he retired in 1999 as senior managing partner. Read more...

As an undergraduate, Mr. Flanagan was a member of the Georgetown Chimes (he is Chime No. 68) and played intramural sports. He has stayed involved with the university ever since. He served as vice president of the Georgetown Club of New York/New Jersey. He also served on the Board of Regents from 1996 to 2002, where he was a member of the Athletics Committee, as well as on the McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors and the Library Board. Mr. Flanagan was a member of the Parents Fund Council and Hoya Hoop Club. Extending his expertise in finance, he was one of the first members of the Wall Street Alliance Advisory Board and continues to mentor students who are interested in working on Wall Street.

The Flanagan family has been unflagging supporters of academic excellence at Georgetown. In 1999, Mr. Flanagan and his wife, Maurie (NHS'68), established the Flanagan Family Foundation. The foundation supports the Chimes Endowment for Lauinger Library in honor of Joe Lauinger (C'67), a fellow Chime and classmate who died in Vietnam, and Mr. Flanagan's mother, Helen Flanagan. It will also establish the Flanagan Family Endowed Athletics Scholarship in appreciation of the work of Frank Rienzo, athletics director emeritus, and in memory of Mr. Flanagan's father, Dr. John J. Flanagan (C'28, M'30, R'31), who had attended Georgetown on a football scholarship.

Robert and Maurie Flanagan are parents to a third generation of Georgetown alumni: Joe (B'93) (who is married to Maura, B'93), Sean (B'95) and Mara (C'99).

Joseph L. Guarriello (B'71, L'74), Silver Spring, Maryland

Whenever Georgetown has asked Joseph L. Guarriello for help, whether to promote athletics or endow a nursing scholarship, he has always come through with unmatched enthusiasm and generosity.

Mr. Guarriello graduated from the McDonough School of Business in 1971 and Georgetown Law in 1974. After graduation, he launched his career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he worked for 11 years. Mr. Guarriello then spent 12 years working for Mid Atlantic Medical Services Inc. in a variety of positions, including chief financial officer and general counsel. Now retired, Mr. Guarriello has time for many volunteer leadership positions. Read more...

An avid Hoya fan, Mr. Guarriello has been a generous supporter and active member of the Hoya Hoop Club since the early 1980s. He has served on its Board of Directors, including terms as president, vice president for membership and treasurer. He also serves as president-elect for Hoyas Unlimited, a volunteer board with a mission to support Georgetown athletics.

Since graduation, Mr. Guarriello has stayed close to Georgetown alumni and friends. He has been involved with several class reunions and enjoys attending basketball games with fellow Hoyas. For more than 30 years, he has been actively involved with the Georgetown University Alumni Association and has served as treasurer for six years. Since 2005, he has been a valued member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors and has held various volunteer positions, including chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. He has also served on the Awards Committee and Campus Engagement Committee.

Mr. Guarriello is past chair of the NHS Board of Visitors, and he and his wife, Joanne (NHS'72), have been reliable supporters of nursing scholarships. In 1997, the couple established the Thomas J. Piscetta Memorial NHS Scholarship in memory of Joanne Guarriello's brother, Thomas Piscetta (C'73), who died of cancer.

In addition to his work for Georgetown, Mr. Guarriello is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Visitation Monastery.

Joseph and Joanne Guarriello have two children, Jeannette and Juliette, and two grandchildren.

J. Clifford Hudson (L'80, Parent'14), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

J. Clifford Hudson has spent most of his career at Sonic Corp., rising to become chairman and CEO of the nation's largest drive-in restaurant chain, but he has devoted himself to humanitarian and educational causes in equal measure.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Hudson continued his education at Georgetown Law, where he was a member of the legal honor society Phi Delta Phi. For the Association of International Law Students, he also served as an editor of its International Law Journal. After several years in private practice, he joined Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. as general counsel in 1984. Over the next three decades he held several positions within the company, becoming president and chief executive officer in 1995 and chairman in 2000. During his tenure as CEO, he has grown system revenues from $900 million to almost $4 billion, and Sonic's common stock has split six times. Read more...

Mr. Hudson has been affiliated with many nonprofit and community activities, including his appointment by President Bill Clinton (F'68, H'80) as chairman of the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corp. in 1994. He was also chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board from 2001 to 2008, overseeing a $530 million turnaround of the inner-city public school system. In recognition of his public service, Mr. Hudson received honorary doctorates from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. He currently serves as trustee of the Ford Foundation and is a past chairman of the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

At Georgetown, Mr. Hudson has provided significant leadership and exceptional counsel as chairman of the Law Center's Board of Visitors and is a major supporter of the Equal Justice Foundation—a summer fellowship program that supports students working in unpaid summer public interest and government internships. Thanks to his recent matching gift challenge, the number of fellowships will double. He received the Paul R. Dean Alumni Award in 2005 in recognition of his dedication to the Law Center. In 2007, Hudson helped establish and fund a law professorship to honor former Sen. George W. Mitchell (L'61, H'89).

Mr. Hudson and his wife, Leslie, have two sons—Bennett and Stuart (L'14).