Concordia University Chicago’s Distinguished Alumni Awards annually honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their fields of endeavor, their communities, their churches, and who exemplify the University’s core values of Christian Faith, The Individual, Excellence, Integrity, and Service.

Since 1984, Concordia University Chicago has recognized graduates whose service to the church and community has brought honor to their alma mater. This award honors individuals who have enhanced the prestige of the University by virtue of their character, integrity, and personal accomplishments. They have achieved remarkable professional achievement as evidenced by a sustained and significant wide-spread reputation and recognition among colleagues for accomplishments and service to their vocation.


2020 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Don Christian BA '81 - Undergraduate
Theresa Straub MA '07 - Graduate

Celebrate this year’s honorees at Maroon & Gold
Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominate Alumni for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni - Undergraduate
  • Distinguished Alumni - Graduate
  • Spiritus Christi

CUC’s Alumni Association awards committee solicits award nominations throughout the year and reviews materials submitted for each candidate. The committee then determines those persons whose achievements most closely fit the criteria for the award and deemed most deserving of recognition. The selected individuals are then recommended to the Association’s Board of Directors and subsequently the University’s Foundation Board of Directors for action. Deliberations of the awards committee and the board are kept confidential. 

Selected awardees are expected to make every effort possible to attend and accept their award in person at Maroon & Gold, held annually on the last Saturday of September.

To nominate an individual for any of CUC’s Distinguished Awards, please review selection information and submit a completed nomination form and letters of support (strongly encouraged) from others who know the nominee and his/her accomplishments. Nominees may fit criteria for more than one award. Individuals are encouraged to discern and deliberate which award best fits selection.

Submissions must be received no later than December 1 to be considered for the next award cycle. (For example, submissions for 2021 must be received by December 1, 2020). Nominations may be submitted via email Alumni@CUChicago.edu or mail to:

Distinguished Awards
Attn: Office of Alumni Relations
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street River Forest, IL 60305

Download the Nomination Form

1984 - Roy G. Kaiser BS '54

1985 - James Aylesworth MA '78

1986 - Raymond L. Schilling BS '55, MA '64

1987 - Daniel J. Leikip BA '69, MA '75

1988 - Robert W. Smith BA '64, MA '71

1989 - Geraldine (Bock) Brazeal BA '70

1989 - John Brazeal BA '71, MA '77

1990 - Robert G. Miles BA '65

1991 - Ronald F. Zernicke BA '70

1992 - Guenther K. Herzog BS '50

1993 - Melba (Hueffmeier) Hanssen BS '63

1993 - Lloyd C. Foerster BS '49

1994 - Thomas L. Roemke BS '65, MA '72

1995 - Clifford T. Johnson BA '93, MA '02

1996 - Ralph L. Kohrs BS '58

1997 - Elizabeth (Wachal) Kurth BA '75, CAS '95

1997 - Mark A. Hasenwinkel BA '89

1998 - Steven T. Isoye MA '95

1998 - Fern Pfitzer BS '41

1999 - Barbara (Bramstadt) Korntheuer BA '74, MA '76

1999 - Mark Korntheuer BA '75

2000 - Judy (Werman) Christian BA '69, MA '96

2000 - Gerald L. Koenig BS '60, MA '65

2001 - Laura (Rahe) Latzke BS '66, CAS '82

2001 - C. William Hoesman BS '62

2002 - Allan C. Oesterreich BS '59

2003 - W. James Kirchhoff  BS '57

2003 - Beth E. (Pflug) Heiney BA '80

2004 - Lois Catrambone CAS '92

2004 - Leonard Berghaus BS '61

2005 - Kay Thunder-Haab BS '59

2006 - Walter Richter BS '31

2007 - Kenneth Black BS '58, MA '66

2008 - Judith C. Meier BS '62

2009 - Jeffrey D. Daley BA '66, MA '71

2010 - Louise Schini Weber BA '69

2011 - Yoko Y. Avramov MA '04

2011 - Jeffrey Hesterman BA '81

2012 - Philip J. Zielke BA '04

2013 - David M. Stocker BS '61

2013 - Carol (Fredericks) Ebeling BS '63

2014 - Kurtis D. Schultz BA '75

2015 - Arthur L. Preuss, Sr. BS '54

2016 - David H. Krubsack BS '58

2017 - Christopher Steinmann MA '08

2017 - Ellen (Boda) BA ’77 & John Miller BA ’76

2017 - Doris (Anderson) Knuth BA '74, MA '06

2018 - Tami (Kimball) DeVine BA ’96

2018 - David Buuck BA ’08, MA ’11

2019 - Colette Case BA '83

2019 - Pascale Creek Pinner, PhD '12

2020 - Don Christian BA ' 81

2020 - Theresa Straub MA '07