The 1968 Awardees
Louis B. Fine
LLB 1925, Honorary Degree 1968
Louis Fine, a past president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association from 1966-68, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 9, 1968.
A lifelong resident of Norfolk, VA, Fine graduated from Maury High School in 1920 and enrolled directly into law school at Georgetown when it was still possible to do so without a college degree. Fine received his law degree in 1925 and practiced law for 71 years, serving as the founder of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the president and founder of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. A member of numerous civic boards, he was a member of the board of visitors of Old Dominion University, served as a civil court judge, and taught constitutional law at the former Norfolk College of Law.
A past member of the Board of Regents, Fine was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors from 1958 -1961 and returned to serve as its treasurer from 1964-66. In 1966, he was named president of the Association, and was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 1968.
Fine served in the Alumni Senate for a number of years after his term as president, and retired from his legal practice in 1996, two years before his death at the age of 94.
Aaron Goldman, a, Washington entrepreneur and longtime alumni volunteer, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 9, 1968.
Born in Washington and a graduate of Central High School, Goldman graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1934. Unable to find work after graduation, he took on a temporary position at a small vending machine company in Cheverly, Maryland known as the G.B. Macke Company. Joining with fellow Georgetown alumnus Meyer Gelfand (F'1940), Goldman bought the company, which grew to as many as 10,000 employees and $280 million in revenue before it was acquired in 1981. The company served as the food service provider at Georgetown's student cafeterias in the 1960's and 1970's.
Goldman served on the D.C. Commissioners' Council on Human Relations from 1960-1963, of which the Washington Post wrote that he was "a most conscientious and devoted champion of civil rights and racial equality". In 1988, the Goldman family endowed a professorship for a visiting Israeli professor to teach at Georgetown.
Aaron Goldman served as a member of the University's Board of Regents and was a former board chairman of WETA-TV. He died in 2000 at the age of 87.
Rev. Gerard J. Campbell, S,J.
Past President, Georgetown University
Gerard Campbell, S.J., 45th president of Georgetown University from 1965 through 1968, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 9, 1968.
Rev. Campbell entered the Society of Jesus in 1939. With BA and MA degrees from Loyola-Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Princeton, Campbell was ordained in 1951 and spent six years in his intended calling, that of a history professor, at Loyola College in Baltimore. In the summer of 1963, the Jesuit provincial assigned him to Georgetown and the position of Executive Vice President the heir apparent to the role of University president. During his brief but inpactful tenure, he led the University's first capital fundraising campaign , added lay members to the University's Board of Directors, and signed the 1967 Land O'Lakes Accord, which called for academic freedom within Catholic universities. He also set in course the move to admit women into the College by 1969.
In 1968, Campbell retired from the presidency to return to teaching. Over the next three decades he taught in the Jesuit novitiate, served at Holy Trinity Church, and retired in 2004 to spend his final years in the Georgetown Jesuit community. He died in 2012 at the age of 92.
Gen. J. Harry Labrum
Harry Labrum, a prominent member of the legal and educational community in Philadelphia, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 9, 1968.
Labrum graduated from the Law School in 1925, serving as a prominent insurance lawyer in Philadelphia for many years. Called into action in World War II, Labrum served in the Signal Corps and rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Army Reserves following the War.
In addition to his legal work, Labrum served as president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Philadelphia Board of Education, for which a middle school was named in his honor. He held honorary degrees from three universities.
Gen. Labrum died in 1970 at the age of 74.
Rev. Msgr. John J. Slater
John Slater, a volunteer leader in the Georgetown Club of Erie, Pennsylvania, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 9, 1968.
Slater graduated from the College in 1946 and joined the seminary, taking his vows as a priest in 1952. He served for many years as the assistant to the president at Gannon College and served as the school's director of public relations.
While in Erie, he reactivated the Georgetown Club there and served on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association from 1963 to 1966. He later served as a parish priest and was elevated to the title of monsignor in the years before his death at the age of 82.
Rev. Anthony J. Zeits S.J.
Anthony Zeits, S.J., a Jesuit teacher and administrator at Georgetown in the mid 1960's, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 9, 1968.
A 1943 graduate of the College, Zeits joined the Society of Jesus in 1949, serving at administrative posts at Loyola College and Wheeling College before arriving at Georgetown in 1962, serving as director of the Annual Fund, the interim executive director of the Alumni Association following the death of Dr. James Ruby, and for three years, the director of the Student Personnel Office, today known as the Office of Student Affairs.
At the time of the award, Rev. Zeits was president of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. He later served as treasurer of the Jesuits' Maryland province and a teacher at Loyola High School in Baltimore.
Rev. Zeits died in 1995 at the age of 82.