2015 Patrick Healy Award Biographies

The Patrick Healy, S.J. Award is named for Rev. Patrick F. Healy, S.J., the 29th president of Georgetown University (1874-1882). Established in 1969, this award is conferred upon an individual who is not an alumnus/a, but whose achievements and record of service to Georgetown, community and professional achievements, exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown. Eligible candidates for the Patrick Healy Award include recipients of an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University. A maximum number of one Patrick Healy Award is conferred annually.

Irma M. Frank (Parent’91, ’94, ’97), McLean, Virginia

As a dedicated senior faculty member, skilled pediatric dental professional and champion of global educational and medical outreach, Irma M. Frank, DDS, is committed to providing exceptional intellectual, professional and personal development opportunities for students on an international scale.

After graduating from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, Dr. Frank went on to receive pediatric dentistry training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, followed by cleft palate training at Tufts University. Read more...

She began her career with Georgetown more than 25 years ago as a professor of pediatric dentistry in the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. When the dental school later closed, Dr. Frank assumed her current duties of personally directing the medical school’s international electives.

During her time at Georgetown, Dr. Frank helped initiate the NASA Telecommunications Project for Distance Education, which connected Georgetown programs in medicine, business, law and political science with universities in Latin America. She served as a member of Georgetown’s Distance Education Initiative Committee, the International Initiatives Committee and the Global Initiatives Committee. Additionally, she has been a member of many important medical groups including the American Dental Association, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, Pan American Medical Society and many more.

In her current role as the senior associate dean for International Programs at Georgetown University Medical School, she oversees the Medical School International Programs and has helped guide the program’s mission to provide a distinctive combination of first-hand medical care experience and total cultural immersion. Through these programs, first- and fourth-year medical students are sent to Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe for practical experiences with academic supervision.

She has lent her leadership skills to many professional boards and was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. Dr. Frank has received many global awards in recognition of her contributions to international medical cooperation, including the Javeriana University Founder’s Day Award, the highest alumni honor from her alma mater; and Georgetown University’s Silver Medal for her services to the Medical Center.

Dr. Frank and her husband Richard have three children, Pilar (C’91, L’96), Richard Jr. (B’94, MBA’99) and Michael (C’97), and seven grandchildren, Carolina, Kyle, Paloma, Bridget, Nicolas, Landon and Nola.

Donald F. McHenry (H’81, Parent’83), Washington, D.C.

As an esteemed faculty member, Ambassador Donald F. McHenry has a connection to Georgetown that is more than three decades long.

From 1981 to 2014, Ambassador McHenry served as a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His work with the school’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy has been invaluable, helping to bring together diplomats and scholars to bridge theory and practice in the exploration of global problems and diplomatic engagement. Read more...

While at Georgetown, he undertook a number of governmental assignments, including his role as a Special Envoy of President Clinton for Nigeria; a member of a Congressional Task on the United Nations (2005); and a member of the United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons on Algeria (1998). 

Prior to his role at Georgetown, he was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1979-81) and Deputy U.S. Representative (1977-79). He has also held positions in the U.S. Department of State and fellowships with the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is a former director of The Coca-Cola Company, Fleet Boston Financial, AT&T and the Council on Foreign Relations, among other positions, and is former chairman of the board of the Ford Foundation International Fellows Fund.  Currently, he serves as a member of the advisory board of the Tracking Program of the International Fellows Program.

In March 2014, the university announced a generous $4 million gift from the Coca-Cola Foundation to the School of Foreign Service’s master’s program in Global Human Development, which focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Since his retirement as a Georgetown professor, the university has named the chair of this program in Ambassador McHenry’s honor.

Ambassador McHenry grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois.  He holds degrees from Illinois State University and Southern Illinois University and also studied at Georgetown.  Additionally, he has been awarded honorary degrees from 16 universities, including Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton and Southern Illinois. He has taught at Southern Illinois, Howard, American and Georgetown universities and is the author of Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Carnegie Endowment, 1975).

Ambassador McHenry has three children, Michael (MSFS’83), Christina and Elizabeth, as well as five grandchildren.