2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Six individuals will be awarded for their Professional Achievement, Christian Service or as Honorary Alumni during the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Since 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Awards has recognized graduates from Chaminade Julienne and its four predecessor schools, Notre Dame Academy, Chaminade, Julienne and St. Joseph Commercial. This year’s honorees are:

Donald (Don) Boeke ’58, Professional Achievement: Don, the owner of The Egyptian Custom Body and Paint on East 3rd Street in Dayton for more than five decades, has gained national recognition for his talent.

“I’ve been a custom car guy my entire life,” Don said. “It was likely instilled in me at birth.”

In 2011, he was recognized by his peers in the auto art trade in Detroit as a Motor City Auto Art MAVEN, a Lifetime Achievement Award for automotive art design. Other accolades include being inducted into the  “Mack Brush” Pinstripers Hall of Fame and being named a “Dayton Original.”

Bro. Donald (Don) Geiger ’51, Professional Achievement: Bro. Don decided during his junior year at Chaminade to join the Society of Mary. He also had a passion for the sciences and spent nearly five decades teaching plant biology courses to undergraduates and graduates at the University of Dayton.  

Bro. Don has earned several honors including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society,) the 2011 Partner of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund, and the University of Dayton's Outstanding Faculty and Distinguished Alumni Award.  Additionally, for his work to turn excavated land into a prairie at Mount St. John/Bergamo, the prairie was named “Brother Don Geiger Prairie.”

Gerald (Jerry) Sharkey ’61, Professional Achievement: In addition to a decorated teaching career in Catholic Schools, Jerry left a mark on the aviation history in Dayton. His passion for the Wright Brothers, Dayton’s history and conservation was the driving force behind the creation of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. 

Jerry also served as the president of the Aviation Trail. While Jerry passed away in 2014, his legacy lives on through the guests who visit the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.

Deacon David Klingshirn ’56, Christian Service: David was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and served as the resident deacon at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati for more than a decade. Although a pharmacist by profession, David also founded the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 1995 and was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Ohio Citation in the Field of Music and the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce in 2000.

“We should all do God’s work and I saw it as recognizing the talents that God gave people,” Klingshirn said.

Tom and Barb MacLeod, Honorary Alumni: Although Tom and Barb MacLeod were not Eagles, their involvement with the school has continued well past their children’s, Emily ’92, Thomas ’93, and Sally ’92, graduation from CJ.

Tom served on the school’s Board of Trustees and finance committee for nine years and Barb worked with longtime coach and former athletic director Jim Place for several years. It’s through her work at the school that Barb developed a lasting relationship with Sister Damien Grismer, SNDdeN.

Since 2000, with the MacLeod's support, CJ began to award a scholarship in Sister Damien’s name to graduates of CJ.  They continue to maintain their deep connection to CJ today and a few times a year, Barb will bring Sr. Damien back to CJ to engage with students.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held on Sunday, May 22 at Chaminade Julienne.

Posted May 21, 2016