2013 John Carroll Award Biographies
The John Carroll Award was established in 1951 to honor alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and its founder, Archbishop John Carroll.
Bud Colligan (F’76), Santa Cruz, California
From launching a campus grocery store to founding one of Silicon Valley’s most successful software companies, Bud Colligan has proven to be an innovative entrepreneur and leader among his peers.
As an undergraduate, Colligan led Students of Georgetown, Inc. for the 1973-1974 academic year and founded Vital Vittles, the Corp’s hallmark grocery store. Colligan graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in international economics. In 1983, Colligan received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
From 1983-1988, Colligan worked at Apple Computer, assisting in the development and launch of the groundbreaking Macintosh personal computer, introducing the Macintosh throughout Europe and heading Apple’s higher education marketing team.
Colligan became the CEO of Authorware in 1989 and later co-founded Macromedia in 1992 through a merger of Authorware and Macromind-Paracomp. During Colligan's seven-year tenure, Macromedia grew from a start-up to a leading multimedia software company, going public on NASDAQ in 1993. In 1996, Colligan was named Software Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. In 2005, Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems.
Currently, Colligan is a partner with Accel Partners, a global venture capital firm, and Founder and CEO of South Swell Ventures, a private investment firm. He also sits on the board of directors of Yodlee and lynda.com. Colligan is co-founder and chairman emeritus of Pacific Community Ventures, an organization focused on providing capital and venture services to entrepreneurs in low income areas throughout California. He is a member of the board of trustees of Universal Giving, past chairman of the board of directors of JobTrain, and past board member of the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation.
Colligan served on Georgetown’s Board of Regents from 2003-2009 and has served on the SFS Board of Visitors for the past 15 years. He also served on the Georgetown Scholarship Program board. In 2008, Colligan co-founded the Georgetown Technology Alliance and currently sits on its board. He was an integral member of the planning committee for John Carroll Weekend San Francisco in 2011.
H.R.H. Prince Turki Al-Faisal (B'68), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal has brought pride to the Georgetown community through his contributions to peaceful global relations and service to his alma mater.
Prince Faisal was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. After moving to the United States for high school, he came to Georgetown, where he organized a campus conference on Islam during his freshman year. Prince Faisal has also done post-graduate work at Cambridge University and the University of London, where he took courses in Islamic law and jurisprudence.
Prince Faisal was appointed advisor to Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court in 1973. In 1977, he was appointed director general with a rank of minister of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Saudi Arabia's main foreign intelligence service. He served as the head of the GID until 2001.
In 2002, Prince Faisal was appointed Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. He served in that position until 2005, when he was appointed ambassador to the United States. He retired in 2007.
Prince Faisal is a founder and trustee of the King Faisal Foundation and the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. Prince Faisal was a Commissioner at the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He is a trustee of the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and he received an honorary law degree from the University of Ulster in 2010 and one in international relations from the University of Hankuk in Seoul. He is on the advisory boards of the Kuwait National Bank, the Munich Security Conference and the World Economic Forum.
Prince Faisal is a member of the board of trustees at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He has also taught as a visiting distinguished professor at the university.
Prince Faisal and his wife, H.R.H. Princess Nouf bint Fahd, have six children— Mishail, Nourah, Faisal, Mudhi, AbdulAziz and Saud. His youngest daughter is Louwah.
Regina Torsney-Durkin (C’73, M’77), Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
A devoted mentor and advocate for Georgetown’s medical students, Dr. Regina Torsney-Durkin has served her alma mater with grace, humor and humility.
The oldest of six children, Torsney-Durkin was born at Georgetown Hospital and earned a degree in biology from Georgetown College in 1973. As an undergraduate, she was a biology laboratory assistant and held a job typing card catalog data at the library. After her graduation, Torsney-Durkin immediately entered the School of Medicine, following in the footsteps of her father, Jerome M. Torsney, M.D. (C’49,M’53), and her uncle, Philip J. Torsney, M.D. (C’53, M’57). Two of her sisters—Janet (C’79) and Kathleen (C’85)—also graduated from Georgetown.
After marrying Thomas J. Durkin, Jr., M.D. (M’77), in Dahlgren Chapel the day after their medical school graduation, Torsney-Durkin moved to Philadelphia to pursue her neurology residency. She spent her career as a neurologist in both private practice and teaching positions in Norristown, Pa., and Philadelphia. At the time of her retirement in 2012, she was the director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center for Caring at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Torsney-Durkin serves on the Medical Alumni Board and the Board of Governors, and is a member of Hoyas Unlimited, the Hoya Hoop Club and the Library Associates. She is also the vice president for medical alumni of the Georgetown Club of Philadelphia. Torsney-Durkin is an Alumni Admissions Program interviewer and has enjoyed many opportunities to mentor Georgetown medical students through white coat sponsorships, a scholarship endowment, and outings to basketball games, museums, and meals. She is a dedicated supporter of Campus Ministry and received the School of Medicine’s Founders Alumni Award in 2009, a testament to her generous service and philanthropy.
In addition to her volunteer work for Georgetown, Torsney-Durkin serves as a Eucharistic minister and a bereavement aide at her parish, where she helps families plan memorial services for their loved ones. She also cooks meals at a hospice in Philadelphia and volunteers with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Regina enjoys close relationships with her 29 nieces and nephews, four of whom have graduated from Georgetown—Thomas Torsney-Weir (C'02), Mairead Torsney-Weir, M.D. (C’04), Anna Torsney-Weir (F’06) and Hannah Walker (C’12).
Thomas Benz (F’70, MSFS’73), London, England
Thomas Benz came to Georgetown for its top-notch international affairs program—and though his work and travels have taken him all around the world, his heart remains on the Hilltop.
At the end of Benz’s freshman year at Georgetown, he went to Salzburg, Austria, to study for the summer. He took his junior year abroad in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he met his wife, Peggy. Benz received his bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1970 and continued to graduate-level studies in the SFS. After a year in Bonn, Germany, on a Konrad Adenauer fellowship, Benz earned his MSFS degree in 1973. He then attended Cornell Law School, from which he graduated in 1975.
Benz relocated to London in 1981, where he is currently a corporate partner at Winston & Strawn. He concentrates his practice in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial lending and corporate finance transactions. Benz specializes in helping U.S. businesses make investments in foreign companies, and vice versa. He also represents numerous clients in the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of international transactions involving business enterprises in a number of countries, including Russia, Greece and Bermuda.
Benz is the senior partner of Winston & Strawn’s London office. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s corporation, banking and business law section, as well as its international law and practice committee. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association’s business law section and London’s Institute of Directors.
Since 1994, Benz has been a valued member of the Alumni Admissions Program, for which he served on the board of advisors. Benz has also been active in the City Alliance.
Tom and Peggy are the proud parents of six children—Thomas, Christopher, Patrick (C’02), Michael (C’04), Kathleen (C’07) and Kevin (C’09). They suffered the tremendous loss of Kathleen in 2010, though she remains very much a part of their family and a part of Georgetown, where she was active in campus ministry and worked in the provost’s office after her graduation.
Tim O’Neill (L’77), Greenwich, Connecticut
Though he graduated from Georgetown Law more than 35 years ago, Tim O’Neill is still as involved in the campus community as ever—making an impact on today’s students and those of future generations.
O’Neill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from King's College in 1974, then went on to earn a J.D. from Georgetown in 1977. He continued his law education at New York University, where he received a Master of Laws degree in 1981.
O’Neill joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1985 and became a partner in 1990. He is currently the global co-head of the investment management division and serves on the firm’s management committee.
Generous with his time and talent, O’Neill provides direction and leadership on the boards of many worthy organizations. He is a trustee and chair of the investment committee at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. On the board of the National Museum of American History, O’Neill is the chairman of the development committee. He serves on the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences and is chairman of the business finance committee.
Here at Georgetown, O'Neill serves on the Board of Directors as the chair of the medical center committee and a member of investment committee. O’Neill and his wife, Linda (NHS’77), established the multidisciplinary O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in 2007 to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns.
The O’Neills are generous supporters of both the law school’s O’Neill Law Alumni Center and the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, a cutting-edge educational facility with high-fidelity patient simulators, mock hospital units and exam rooms, and observation areas for faculty. The O’Neills have also endowed student scholarships and a professorship in national and global health law.
Tim and Linda have four children—Max (C’08, L’12), Katherine (NHS’11), Nicholas (L’15) and Jacqueline.