Marquette University Alumni Association Alumni National Awards Weekend

2009 Alumni National Awards Recipients

 alumnus of the Year Award

Joseph J. Zilber, Bus Ad ’39, Law ’41

Joseph Zilber

Nobody did real estate deals like Joe Zilber. Nobody. He managed Zilber, Ltd., the multimillion dollar empire he created until his March 2010 death, continually looking for new opportunities, in good times and bad. And nobody supported worthy causes like Joe. Fifty million dollars to rebuild Milwaukee neighborhoods. Thirty million dollars to help develop the new Marquette Law School. Millions more to other good works. An extraordinary exemplar. Read more

Watch a video of Joe Zilber's acceptance speech on Marquette Magazine online.

 All-university award recipients


Robert Greenheck

ALUMNI Merit Award

Robert C. Greenheck, Eng ’50

“Learn everything you can.” That’s not just Bob’s advice to engineering students. It’s the secret of his success — an attitude of seeking more knowledge and more opportunities to grow that helped him transform a small sheet metal shop into America’s leading manufacturer of ventilation equipment, Greenheck Fan Corp.



Sister Mary Isaac Jogues Koenig

ALUMNI SERVICE to the community Award
Sister Mary Isaac Jogues Koenig, S.U., Arts ’60, Grad ’68

Part caseworker, part religious representative, Sister Isaac is often called “the Mother Teresa of Wilmington, N.C.” Through her ministry, Tileston Social Outreach, she has provided food, financial assistance, shelter, clothing, comfort, a welcoming smile and a listening ear to North Carolina’s working poor for nearly 25 years.



Keith Myers

ALUMNI Service to marquette AWARD
Keith G. Myers, Bud Ad ’62, Grad ’68

Ethical leadership and empathy with those who suffer have been the touchstones of Keith’s career. In the funeral industry and as a filmmaker, he has helped people deal with life’s greatest losses. Through endowed scholarships and sponsorship of a lecture series at Marquette, he encourages others to explore the ethical principles that have guided his own career.



Richard McDermott

spirit of marquette award

Richard M. McDermott, Eng ’91, Law ’94

In industries as varied as medical ultrasound, telecommunications and stock car racing, Rick is a tenacious litigator of intellectual property rights as a partner at Alston & Bird LLP. He has litigated patent, trademark and copyright cases worldwide, counsels his clients on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property, and is a frequent author and speaker on the subject.



Arthur Schmitt

friend of the university Award
Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation

Nearly 70 years ago, entrepreneur Arthur J. Schmitt dedicated his wealth to educating the next generation of ethical business leaders, first by establishing the Fournier Institute of Technology and, later, Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarships and Fellowships for students at five Midwestern universities. More than a quarter of Marquette doctoral students since 1963 have benefited from Schmitt and his foundation’s generosity.

 College Award Recipients

Helen Way Klingler
College of Arts and Sciences

Association of Marquette University Women

College of Business Administration

J. William and Mary Diederich
College of Communication

School of Dentistry

College of Education

College of Engineering




College of Health Sciences

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Law School

Marquette University Alumni Association Board of Directors

M-Club (former lettered athletes)

College of Nursing

College of Professional Studies



 PAST ALUMNI Award Recipients


2008 alumni national award recipients


2006 alumni national award recipients

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