The Noonan Award, presented annually, recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding alumni. The McQuaid Alumni Association established the award in 1992 in honor of Richard P. Noonan, S.J., principal of McQuaid from 1966-67, and revered alumni director from 1969 until his retirement in 1995. He died a year later.

To be considered for the award, the recipient must be a graduate of McQuaid, an active supporter of the school, and have performed distinguished service for the Church or the community. The recipient also must have performed significant work in his field or profession to the extent it brings honor to McQuaid.

Fr. Noonan Distinguished Alumnus Bylaws


2016: Minindar S. Kocher, '85

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Acceptance Speech

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University School of Medicine, Mininder S. Kocher, ’85 is associate director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. An internationally renowned clinical and research expert in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, Min focuses on sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery with specialties in the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and ankle. He is head orthopedic surgeon at Northeastern University and the team physician of the U.S. Ski and U.S. Track & Field teams.

Min has received numerous awards for his research on clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and directs his own clinical research unit. His work has been featured in several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated.

Min has published more than 170 scientific articles, 80 book chapters, five textbooks, and has been a visiting professor in more than 20 countries. In 2012, he worked with staff members at the University of Rochester to implement a summer research internship in which McQuaid Jesuit students had the opportunity to shadow doctors.

2015: Timothy Fitzgerald, '85

Although he graduated from McQuaid in 1986, Tim Fitzgerald has remained connected to his alma mater through his volunteer work, financial support, and enrollment of his son, Tim, a current junior. A graduate of St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School of Union University, Tim began his career at Harris Beach, where he was a partner and practice group leader in commercial real estate. In 2008, he joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as a co-founder of its Rochester office. He serves as the deputy managing member of the office and co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on commercial real estate and general corporate matters.

In the spirit of the Magis, Tim serves on the board of directors of the Catholic Courier, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, and the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar, a charitable arm of the Monroe County Bar Association. Tim is on the Diocesan Stewardship Council for the Diocese of Rochester; the Advancement and Enrollment Committees at McQuaid Jesuit; and the Executive Leadership Committee for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball Gala. He also has volunteered time and legal assistance to Genesee Land Trust and Willow Domestic Violence Center, and co-founded "Battle at Buckland," a baseball game between Brighton High School and McQuaid Jesuit that raises money for various not-for-profits in the Brighton Community.

Tim was named a "Forty Under 40" winner by the Rochester Business Journal in 2006. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 as well as New York Super Lawyers 2015.

2013 Matthew Glende, '07
2012 Rod Cox-Cooper, '85

2011: Thomas Dessauer, '64

Tom Dessauer embraces the Magis through his endless and tireless ways of helping people, especially those who have or are affected by cancer. Tom’s work with Gilda’s Club of Rochester, Camp Open Arms continues each year. During the summer, Tom makes sure the kids have plenty of ice cream and water throughout the camp day. During the Christmas season, Tom plays Santa Claus at the annual Christmas party for the kids and their families. Tom loves to help kids with cancer because it means so much to them and their families. When accepting the award, Tom addressed his fellow alumni by saying: “I was shocked and surprised to receive this prestigious award from McQuaid, however very honored. My experience at McQuaid has impacted me for the past 51 years. Freshmen entering McQuaid in 1960 came together as strangers, and after four years these classmates became my family, my brothers. We continue to be a very close group of friends. In times of need we are there for one another. We support our fellow classmates whenever and wherever we can. I am proud of my McQuaid classmates, fellow alumni and current students. Many students are counselors at Camp Open Arms and their friendship and support of these children is amazing. The best thing about camp for these kids is they don’t have to go to the hospital for the day. It’s amazing how a small gesture like a group hug can make such a huge impact on these children. You become personally attached, you can’t help it.”

Giving back to the community is a way for Tom to make a difference. Tom is in the true spirit, a "Man for Others."

2010 John C. Lynd, '58
2008 James T Maxwell, M.D., '67
2007 Thomas Rodenhouse, M.D., '58
2006 Daniel J. Mason, '85
2005 P. Robert Fox, '60
2004 R. Wayne LeChase, '61
2003 Thomas Trevett, '60
2002 Geoffrey Rosenberger, '71
2001 Mark Siewert, '67
2000 Daniel Warmenhoven, '68 and Daniel Wegman, '65
1999 John DiMarco, '60 and Jack Doyle, '59
1998 John Podsiadlo, S.J., '58
1997 Thomas Mooney, '59
1996 Ferdinand Smith, '63
1995 David Larimer, '62
1994 Thomas Nientimp, '59
1993 Robert Thomas, '70
1992 Patrick Horvath, '78

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