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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Receives Sword of Loyola
at 67th Annual Stritch School of Medicine Awards Dinner

CHICAGO, November 20, 2017 – Loyola University Chicago bestowed its highest honor to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich at the Stritch School of Medicine 67th Annual Awards Dinner on November 18 at the Hilton in downtown Chicago.

More than 500 people attended the event, which celebrated a theme of “Living a Life in Service to Others” and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical student scholarships.

“Stritch is known and honored for training great physicians and innovators who measure personal success by an ability to improve the world for others,” said Steve A. N. Goldstein, MD, PhD, dean, Stritch School of Medicine. “At Loyola, we believe that the highest caliber students, from all backgrounds, should have access to a Stritch education. This is why scholarship funds are so important.”

Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, presented the Sword of Loyola to Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. Since 1964, the Sword of Loyola has been conferred on individuals who exhibit exceptional dedication to humanitarian service.

The night also recognized 14 high school students who are members of the Stritch Junior Service League, a volunteer group that performed hundreds of service hours at Misericordia, the Ronald McDonald House, a soup kitchen, community garden, and many other locations. More than 1,500 young men and women have participated in the Stritch Junior Service League since its inception in 1950.

Twenty-four members of William and Mary Ryan’s family have been Stritch Junior Service League members, including three this year. The Ryans and their six children and spouses served as event chairs. One of their granddaughters is a third year medical student at Stritch and Mr. Ryan is a grateful patient of David Wilber, MD, this year’s Stritch Medalist.

The Stritch Medal recognizes outstanding accomplishments of a Loyola graduate or faculty member who exhibits dedication to research, education, and patient care.

Dr. Wilber is the George M. Eisenberg Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Program. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 publications, including studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of American College of Cardiology.

“I am humbled to receive the Stritch Medal,” Dr. Wilber said. “I have found personal satisfaction in my care from identifying individual patients whose quality of life I could improve.”

The Stritch School of Medicine Annual Awards Dinner was started by Cardinal Samuel Stritch in 1950 as the Cardinal’s Dinner and renamed in 1960. The original goal was to raise funds to support the only Catholic medical school in Chicago.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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