Roemer to receive O’Hara Award at Reunion ‘05

Author: Shannon Chapla

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TheUniversityofNotre Dame Alumni Associationwill present the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Award to James Roemer, formerly general counsel, dean of students and director of community relations at the University, during aReunion05 ceremony Friday (June 3) on campus.

The O’Hara Award, named for Notre Dames 13th president, is conferred annually on a graduate and former employee who has rendered outstanding service to the University.

A 1951 graduate who earned his law degree from Notre Dame in 1955, Roemer returned to the University in 1972 to serve as general counsel.He served as dean of students from 1975 until 1984 when he was appointed director of community relations, a position he held until he retired in 2002.He continues to teach as an adjunct associate professor in theNotre DameLawSchool.

Roemer initiated several influential programs at Notre Dame and in the South Bend community, including the SOLE Minority Law School program; Legal Experience and Academic Development program for law students; National Youth Sports Program; Christmas in April (now called ReBuilding Together); and Coalition Against Drugs in St. Joseph County.

A board member for the local Alzheimers Foundation, St. Margarets House for Women and Children, and CURE (CommUnity Religious Effort), Roemer serves as an advisory board member of five local foundations.He helped found the Dismas House of Michiana and later served on the organizations national board.

Roemer and his wife, Mary Ann, have five grown children, including former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer, and 13 grandchildren.

* Contact: * Mary Patricia Dowling, Alumni Association, 574-631-4638, " dowling.2@nd.edu ":mailto:dowling.2@nd.edu * __ *

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