The late James “Lou” Gorman ’53 was honored at the 54th annual President’s Dinner at Stonehill on Thursday, May 29th, receiving the President's Award for Excellence. One of Stonehill's highest honors, the award honors individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to public life, business, and to the arts and sciences.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Gorman family was Lou’s nephew Tom Dougherty. A member of the Stonehill Class of 1953 and synonymous with the Boston Red Sox, Gorman was one of the College’s greatest ambassadors. The Red Sox general manager from 1984-1993, he served as the organization’s executive consultant for public affairs prior to his death in April of 2011.
In reading the award citation, Stonehill President John Denning, C.S.C. said, “A gentleman to his core, Lou had our utmost respect because of his friendship, reliability, commitment and that positive spirit he brought to everything he did…Because Lou lived a life filled with unfailing generosity and unflagging energy, we want to add one extra honor to his long list of awards.”
This past August, it was announced that a $2 million grant from the Yawkey Foundation in support of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex expansion project will be used to establish the Lou Gorman ’53 Pavilion inside the building. The exhibition space in the new building will be designed to display and honor Gorman’s commitment to the Boston Red Sox and Stonehill, featuring his sports memorabilia and highlighting his long-lasting and influential career in baseball.
Three items which will permanently be on display in the Gorman Pavilion will be his three World Series Championship rings, two of which he received with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007 as well as his 1966 ring with the Baltimore Orioles. All three rings were in display at last night’s dinner in addition to the Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy.
Gorman was the first Stonehill alumnus to receive both the Outstanding Alumnus Award (1979) and the Alumni Service Award (2000). In addition, he served several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 1999, Stonehill gave Gorman its Moreau Medallion which was presented to 50 individuals whose loyalty and service contributed to the success of the College during its first half century.
He also received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from the College in 2002 and, in 2003, he received the College's highest honor, the Lux et Spes Award, named after the College's motto, which means "Light and Hope."
The annual President’s Dinner marked the first for Fr. Denning as host since stepping into the presidency at Stonehill last July. Proceeds from the dinner will go towards the College’s fundraising campaign in support of its Sports Complex expansion project, which will add 50,000 square feet of space for athletics, health, fitness and exercise.
To make a gift in support of the Sports Complex Expansion Project, visit here.