Alumni Association to present two awards at Reunion ‘07

Author: Shannon Chapla and Angela Sienko


TheUniversityofNotre Dame Alumni Associationwill present two awards during Reunion 2007 ceremonies on campus Friday and Saturday (June 1 and 2).

Francis X. (Tim) Bradley Jr., who earned his bachelors, masters and law degrees from Notre Dame, will receive the Rev. John Cardinal OHara Award during aReunion07 ceremony June 1.

The O’Hara Award, named for Notre Dames 13th president, recognizes distinguished service to the University by a former employee.

A 1939 graduate who earned his masters and law degrees from Notre Dame in 1949, Bradley served as an advanced flying instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps and division operations officer at the Central African Division of the Air Transport Command.In 1945, he worked with then veteranschaplain Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., to help veterans adjust to life at Notre Dame. After being awarded the Sterling Fellowship atYaleLawSchool, Bradley taught for two years at theCreightonUniversityLawSchool.

In 1957, Father Hesburgh, who then was Notre Dames president, asked Bradley to return to campus to establish the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.For 12 years he served as assistant dean of theGraduateSchooland director of the Office of Research Administration.He also was secretary/treasurer of the National Council of University Research Administrators and consulted with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation and various Department of Defense agencies.

The Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., Award, will be presented to Sheila OBrien, anIllinoisappellate court judge and member of the advisory council for theNotre DameLawSchool, at the reunion banquet June 2.

Named in honor of Notre Dame’s founder, the Sorin Award is presented annually to a graduate who has embodied “the values of Our Lady’s University” in his or her service to community.

A judge for more than 22 years, OBrien was graduated from Notre Dame in 1977 and earned her law degree from the University in 1980.She was elected to theIllinoisappellate court in 1994 and previously practiced law as an assistant public defender, trial lawyer and adjunct professor at theSt. LouisUniversityLawSchool.She holds law licenses from the supreme courts ofIllinoisandMissouri, as well as the Supreme Court of theUnited States.

Since graduation, OBrien has served as secretary of her law school class and also is chair of the Alumni Schools Committee for the Notre Dame Club ofChicago.Most recently, she helped spearhead the new Notre Dame Alumnae Leadership Initiative, and was one of the first recipients of the Universitys Women of Achievement award.

A volunteer with severalChicagocommunity organizations and schools, as well as her parish, OBrien has served on the Illinois Justice Commission and the Illinois Arts Council, still, her passion is music.She was the recipient of the Louis Sudler Scholarship for Voice as a Notre Dame undergraduate and since has sung with both theSt. Louisand Chicago Symphony Choruses.

In August, OBrien will receive her masters degree in pastoral theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College inTerre Haute,Ind.

* Contact: * _Angela Sienko, alumni editor, 574-631-7005,

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