Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

Saint Mary's presents this award to an alumnus/a for outstanding achievements in their chosen profession. The award reflects career achievements with particular focus on the Lasallian values of mentoring and making an impact on others.

Eligibility:  
The awardee must be an alum of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (graduating with a degree)

2021 Awardee:
Dr. Thomas Clasen '78, Ph.D.
AwardsAn epidemiologist, is professor of environmental health and interim chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, where he holds the Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair in Sanitation and Safe Water. Clasen has led more than $50 million in research in household-and community-level environmental health interventions in low-income countries and has published more than 185 peer-reviewed papers. His research includes randomized controlled field trials to assess the health impact of water, sanitation, and household air pollution interventions; systematic reviews of water quality and sanitation interventions to prevent diarrhoeal disease and enteric infection; assessments of environmental interventions in emergency and outbreak response; and cost and cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions. His current research includes a multi-country trial to assess the health impact of LPG stoves; a large-scale trial of a program to provide water filters and improved cookstoves to lower-income populations in Rwanda; a trial to assess the impact of interventions to improve child feces management in India; and an evaluation of a slum redevelopment intervention in Fiji and Indonesia. Clasen was the chief scientific adviser to the World Health Organization in developing the first set of Guidelines for Sanitation and Health. He holds an MSc (Control of Infectious Diseases) and Ph.D. from the University of London; he also holds a J.D. (Law) from Georgetown University. Prior to transitioning to public health, Clasen practiced international corporate law for 20 years. 

2021 Alumni Awards Video


Past Recipients:

Thomas J. Mulvaney '59 – 1966

Rev. Paul Halloran '49 – 1967

James Carroll '53 – 1968

Dr. John Kearney '55 – 1970

Dr. Hugo Keim '56 – 1971

Dr. William Rock '59 – 1972

Dr. John Sbarbaro '58 – 1973

Gen. John Hennessey '42 – 1974

Judge C. Bernard Carey '56 – 1975

Dr. John Hoffman '51 – 1976

Dr. Robert Hoffman '56 – 1976

Most Rev. George Speltz, DD '32 – 1977

Judge Michael Bilandic '47 – 1978

Dr. Joseph Kraft '43 – 1979

Br. Laurence Walther, FSC '44 – 1981

John Parmer '50 – 1982

Thomas Meagher '53 – 1983

Bernard Semler '38 – 1984

Dr. Lorin Nevling, Jr. '52 – 1985

Eugene Figliulo '46 – 1986

Mike Morsberger M'97 - 2019

Thomas Barger '30 – 1987

Kenneth Wakefield '42 – 1987

Thomas Johnston '43 – 1988

Anthony J. Adducci '59 – 1989

Edward M. Allen '50 – 1990

Carl Calabrese '41 – 1991

Br. Leonard Courtney, FSC, Ph.D '37 – 1992

John M. "Jack” Sharkey '53 – 1993

Dr. Hugo C. Pribor '49 – 1994

David B. Collins '70 – 1995

George J. Murtaugh '61 – 1996

John H. Ehlert '67 – 1997

Dr. Jon J. Kabara '48 – 1998

Br. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, '59 – 1999

Dr. Charles Giammona Jr., Ph.D. '70 – 2000

Robert K. Hentzen '57 – 2001

Robert H. Wheeler '67 – 2002

Dr. Randall W.A. Davidson '53 – 2003

Sen. Michael Johanns '71 – 2004

Jerome "Jerry" Colletti '69 - 2019

Dr. Thomas Clasen '78 - 2021

Patrick A. Salvi '75 – 2005

Phillip Corcoran '76 – 2006

Charles Wolande '76 – 2006

Joseph Ross '67 – 2007

Edward Zabrocki '63 – 2008

Justice Thomas Kilbride '78 – 2009

Dr. Jane (Weydert) Homeyer '86 – 2010

Dr. Donald Truhlar '65 – 2011

Dr. Roger Lucas '65 – 2012

Pablo Gaito M'06 – 2013

Holly Hall M'11 – 2013

Janeé Harteau '03, M'06 – 2013

Scott Thomas M'05 – 2013

Kathy Wilde M'92 – 2013

Paul Meyer, J.D. '64 – 2014

William G. Jungbauer '75 – 2015

Merle Wilberding ’66 – 2016

Dick Drogosz '61 - 2017

Dr. Bobbie (Smith) Gostout CST'78, '83 - 2018