The 1955 Awardees

Hon. Edmund W. Flynn
Politician, Judge
LLB 1915
Providence, RI

Edmund Flynn, chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1935 through 1957, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Parker House Hotel, Boston MA, on May 9, 1955.

A graduate of Holy Cross and Georgetown Law, Flynn served as a state representative in Rhode Island following in the tradition of his brother, Jack (L'1910) , the former governor of the state. On January 1, 1935, a parliamentary maneuver by Rhode Island Democrats known as the "Bloodless Revolution", forced Republicans out of key legislative leadership positions. With Democrats firmly in control, Gov. T.F. Green vacated the Republican-backed Rhode Island Supreme Court and installed Flynn as its chief justice.

Flynn served 22 years as chief justice, the longest tenure for any chief justice since the court was founded in 1747. He died in 1957 at the age of 67.


Hugh H. Hussey, MD
Physician, Dean
AB 1932, MD 1934, Honorary degree 1964
Washington, DC

Dr. Hugh Hussey, a thirty year member of the faculty at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA on May 9, 1955.

Hussey received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown and began teaching at the medical school following his residency. At the time of his award, he was chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and later served as the dean of the medical school from 1958-1963.

A former chairman of the board of trustees of the American Medical Association, Dr. Hussey left Georgetown to work for the AMA from 1963-1976, and later taught at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.


Most Rev. Jeremiah F. Minihan, D.D.
Priest, Bishop
AB 1925, Honorary Degree 1954
Boston, MA

Jeremiah Minihan, auxiliary bishop of Boston from 1954-1970, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA on May 9, 1955.
Minihan, a native of Haverhill, MA, attended Georgetown on a football scholarship, where he competed alongside former Haverhill teammate and John Carroll awardee Jack Hagerty (C'25). Minihan passed on an NFL career to enter the priesthood, and was ordained in the Boston archdiocese in 1929.

Elevated to monsignor in 1936, he was appointed an auxiliary bishop by Pope Pius XII in 1954, with pastoral authority of Massachusetts parishes north of Boston. Bishop Minihan died in 1970.

The Georgetown football program honored Bishop Minihan with the establishment of the Minihan Award, presented to the student who, in the opinion of the coaches, has made an outstanding contribution to the team.


Hon. Antoni N. Sadlak
Congressman, Judge
AB 1931
Rockville, CT

Antoni Sadlak, a U.S. Congressman from Connecticut from 1947-1959, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA on May 9, 1955.

Sadlak grew up in Rockville, CT and enrolled at Georgetown Law, graduating in 1931. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Department of Justice and the Connecticut Department of Education before being elected to Congress in 1946. He served six terms in Congress and later served as a probate judge in this home town, where he died in 1970 at the age of 61.