2012 CJ Distinguished Alumni Awards

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School honored the 2012 class of Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees during an awards dinner at NCR Country Club on September 27.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, first started in 1997, are intended to honor graduates of CJ and its four predecessor schools (Notre Dame Academy, Chaminade, Julienne, and St. Joseph Commercial) who have made significant impacts on their communities and professions. The awards ceremony is a celebration of the entire CJ community, highlighting the past as the foundation for the future.

Five new members were recognized Thursday evening:

Richard A. Zimmer, ‘51, posthumously received the Professional Achievement Award. Dayton’s longest tenured city commissioner, Zimmer served the city for 21 years—spanning four decades from 1978 to 2005—before passing away in April 2010 at age 77. The North Findlay Street Bridge was dedicated in honor of the former commissioner in March 2011

Deborah A. Denise ‘69, also received the Professional Achievement Award. Denise is the executive vice president of production and executive producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks. Denise, who grew up in Assumption parish, attributes her love of the arts to her time at Julienne and on the stage at Chaminade.

Fr. Thomas Schroer, S.M., ’60, received the Christian Service Award. In 2011, Fr. Thomas celebrated his golden jubilee with the Society of Mary, having dedicated 50 years to religious life. He was ordained a Marianist priest in 1972 and holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Richard ’67 and Leslie Iannarino received the CJ Community Award. The couple—proud parents of CJ alumni Sandi ’88; Dominic ’92; and Michael ’94—has  given more than 35 years of service and support to the school in several different capacities.

Dr. Steven M. Kleinhenz received the Honorary Alumni Award. Dr. Kleinhenz has given his time and talent as the physician to the Chaminade Julienne Eagles football program for more than 25 years. He and his wife Heather are the proud parents of CJ alumni Molly ’97; Ben ‘99 (Julie ‘99); Nick ’02; and Chris ’07.

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