The 1969 Awardees
John G. Babbitt
College 1929, did not graduate
John Babbitt, former state senator from Arizona, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 25, 1969.
Born in Flagstaff, AZ and raised in Los Angeles, Babbitt attended Santa Clara and Georgetown before returning to Los Angeles to complete his education at Loyola University in 1929. As such, he is one of a small number of John Carroll Award recipients who did not complete a degree at the University.
Babbitt took over management of his family's extensive ranch holdings in 1942 and led its efforts until 1984. He succeeded his brother James Babbitt in the Arizona state senate upon James' untimely death at the age of 42 and served in the senate from 1944 through 1950, later serving 16 years on the University of Arizona Board of Regents, twice as board president. He was the uncle of Bruce Babbitt, a former governor of Arizona and the U.S. Secretary of the interior from 1993 through 2001.
John Babbitt died in 1993 at the age of 85.
Dr. Peter A. Badamy MD
Physician, Alumni Volunteer
BS 1932, MD 1934
Dr. Peter Badamy, former president of the Georgetown University Club of Rochester, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 25, 1969.
A lifelong son of Rochester, Dr. Badamy served two terms as president of the local club, where he chaired the committee that hosted the John Carroll Awards there in 1962. He served one term on the Alumni Association Board of Governors from 1959 through 1962.
Dr. Badamy died in 1985 at the age of 77.
Jacob E. Bindeman
Attorney, Civic Volunteer
LLB 1937, LLM 1939
Jacob E. ("Jack") Bindeman, former chairman of the D.C. Elections Board, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 25, 1969.
Bindeman was born in Baltimore, attended Central High School in the District, and received his LLB and LLM degrees from the University, one of the last classes where students could enroll in law school without an undergraduate degree. He served as attorney for forty years at the firm he founded, Bindeman and Burka, and variously served on a number of local civic boards in Washington, including the Public Welfare Advisory Council, the D.C. Republican State Central Committee, and the D.C. Elections Board, of which he served as chairman from 1969 to 1971.
A member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors, he served on that board from 1965 to 1969, the last two years as its vice president. He later served on the board of directors of the Washington Capitals hockey club.
Jack Bindeman died in 1979 at the age of 66.
John L. Cecil
Attorney, Business Executive
LLB 1935, LLM 1937
Los Angeles, CA
John Cecil, a former banking executive, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 25, 1969.
Born in Fredericktown, KY in 1909, Cecil received a bachelor's degree from catholic University in 1930 and law degrees from Georgetown in 1935 and 1937. Following his law degrees from Georgetown, Cecil served as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1946 through 1962, serving as Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.
In 1962, Cecil was named Vice-President and Secretary of Western Bancorporation in Los Angeles. Formerly known as the banking arm of Transamerica and later as First Interstate Bank, the holding company enjoyed great success in Cecil's tenure there, growing to $10 billion in assets during the 1960's. In 1974, he became the corporation secretary for the Western Asset Management Company, serving on its board until his retirement in 1993.
Cecil served on the boards of regents at both Georgetown as well as Los Angeles-based Mt. St. Mary's College, and served on the executive committee of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1975 through 1986.
A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy in World War II, John Cecil was buried in Arlington National Cemetery upon his death in 1995 at the age of 86.
William T. Dooley, Jr.
Business Executive, Alumni Volunteer
St. Louis, MO
William T. ("Bill") Dooley, a former president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 25, 1969.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Dooley received a degree in chemistry from Georgetown in 1943 during the accelerated curriculum in the midst of World War II. Following a degree in meteorology from UCLA and studies at the Air Intelligence School in Harrisburg, he was assigned as a photographic interpreter, studying photos of weather patterns to support troop movements.
" Trained in meteorology, my father's role with the 109th was to perform interpretation of the photos the pilots brought back. A camera buff, he had his own with him all the time.
"My father recounted that it was the Group which found the "tip of the German spear" when the weather cleared during the Battle of the Bulge, also that it had a role in the finding of the intact bridge over the Rhine at Remagen," wrote his son at a family web site. "He was at Buchenwald two days after his liberation of the camp; some of his photos are almost identical to those in the museum there."
Returning home after the war, Dooley received a degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and joined the family business, the Lewis-Howe Company, rising to the position of executive vice president. The firm was founded by Dooley's uncle, who invented the antacid known as Tums. Lewis-Howe was later sold to Smith Glaxo Kline, but remains in St. Louis, producing over 60 million bottles annually.
Dooley served on the Board of Governors and Board of Regents of the University, helping to bring the John Carroll Awards to St. Louis in 1967. In the years following the 1969 award, Dooley was elected to serve as president of the Alumni Association from 1972 through 1974, whereupon the awards returned to St. Louis at the conclusion of his term.
Bill Dooley died in 2004 at the age of 83.