Les Borsay (‘67B) received first prize at the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for a sermon on church unity that was also published in
William H. Gray III (‘70M) received an honorary doctorate from Montclair State University during the commencement ceremony last May. He is the president and chief officer of the College Fund (formerly the United Negro College Fund) and previously served as a pastor of Union Baptist Church in Montclair. In 1978, he succeeded his father as pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, a post he currently holds.
David Abalos (‘72D) was honored as a “Shining Star” at the East Windsor/Hightstown Mayors’ Shining Star Charity Ball in Hightstown, New Jersey, in October. The event benefits the Better Beginnings Day Care Center, which has served children, families, and the local community for thirty-three years. The center provides affordable multicultural and bilingual childcare for preschool- age children, along with programs in substance abuse prevention and violence reduction, and parent workshops. Priority is given to protective service children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Abalos was cited for his outstanding support of the center’s people and programs.
James J. McConnell (‘75M) was named the recipient of the Mount Carmel Guild’s Monsignor Joseph C. Shenrock Community Service Award in October. He and the parishioners of St. James Parish of Pennington, New Jersey, were honored for their longtime commitment and dedication to the guild. He recently retired after serving as pastor of St. James for twenty-one years. The prestigious award is named in honor of
Joseph Shenrock (‘73M), the longtime vicar of social services for the Diocese of Trenton and the current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Whiting, New Jersey. “Father Jim” and St. James Church were lauded for “the thousands of pounds of food donated to the guild’s food pantry, the work of dozens of volunteers, and the parish’s ongoing financial support,” according to Harriet A. Flynn, president of the guild’s board of trustees.
James F. McIntire (‘89B), director of the Center for Spirituality and Disability, received an Access Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities on October 3, 2000. The award recognizes businesses, agencies, and individuals who have made an outstanding effort and commitment to increase access for people with disabilities. His article “Changing Attitudes, Changing Spaces: Welcoming People with Disabilities” appeared in the September/October issue of
Congregations: The Alban Journal.
DeForest B. Soaries Jr. (‘89B) received an honorary doctorate from Montclair State University last May. He is a native of Montclair and currently serves as New Jersey’s Secretary of State.
Myesha D. Hamm (‘01B), an M.Div. senior, received the Fruit of the Spirit Holy Ministry Award at the Granville Academy’s sixteenth annual graduation dinner in Princeton last April. She was one of six outstanding individuals honored at the event.