The 1971 Awardees
Dr. Harry J. Connolly, MD
Physician, Alumni Volunteer
BS 1934, MD 1938
Harry Connolly, a Baltimore area physician and former president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 1971.
Dr. Connolly served on the board at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, MD. In 1961, He was a member of the steering committee that formed the Georgetown Club of Baltimore, and served on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association from 1967 to 1970. In the years following the award, Dr. Connolly served as vice president of the Association from 1969-71, its president elect in 1973-74, and its president from 1974 through 1976.
Harry Connolly died in 1986 at the age of 73.
John L. Hagerty
Football Coach, Athletic Director
Foreign Service class of 1926, did not graduate
John L. ("Jack") Hagerty, head football coach at Georgetown University from 1932 through 1948, and director of athletics from 1948 through 1969, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 1971.
Born in Boston and raised in Dorchester, Hagerty was recruited by a fellow New Englander, Lou Little, to play football at Georgetown. An all-East halfback, Hagerty was captain of the formidable 1925 team that finished 9-1, one point short of an undefeated season. Following graduation in 1926, Hagerty played six seasons for the New York Giants when he retired to accept the head coaching position at Georgetown.
Hagerty's tenure at Georgetown marked a second golden era for the sport at the Hilltop. His 1938 and 1939 teams were undefeated, and the Hoyas' 23 game unbeaten streak was not ended until Boston College defeated the Hoyas 19-18 before 34,000 at Fenway Park. The Hoyas accepted a bid to the 1941 Orange Bowl, falling to Mississippi State, 14-7.
"There can be no set system of ranking football coaches," said famed sportswriter Grantland Rice. "However, in my opinion, Jack Hagerty of Georgetown belongs high up on this list among the very best that football knows."
Hagerty left coaching to serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II and returned to Georgetown for three more seasons. Following alumni pressure to improve upon the team's post-war fortunes, Hagerty stepped aside as coach and became Georgetown's athletic director in 1948, serving in that role for 21 years until his retirement in 1969.
Jack Hagerty died in 1982 at the age of 78.
Dr. Henry Heim DDS
Dr. Henry Heim, a Washington based orthodontist and dental school lecturer, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 1971.
Heim was raised in Hempstead, NY and received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross before enrolling in Georgetown's dental school in 1950. Following his DDS from Georgetown and post-graduate training at Tufts, he practiced in the Washington area for the remainder of his career, serving as national treasurer of the American College of Dentists and president of the D.C. Dental Society. He also served a dental lecturer at Georgetown and Howard.
A former chairman of the Alumni Annual Fund, Heim served on the Board of Governors of the Georgetown University Alumni Association from 1965-1968.
Dr. Heim died in 2012 at the age of 85.
William D. McCue
New Britain, CT
William McCue, the president of family-run mortgage lending company in New Britain, CT, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 1971.
McCue founded the McCue Mortgage Company as to service residential mortgage loans. It later grew into mortgage lending. The elder McCue retired from the company and turned over the company to his son, William J. McCue (AB 1968), who leads the company to this day.
Hon. Frank J. Murray
AB 1925, LLB 1929
Frank J. Murray, a former U.S. federal judge for the District of Massachusetts, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 1971.
Born in Mansfield, MA in 1904, Murray received his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown before pursuing a career in private practice in Boston. He served as corporation counsel for the City of Boston from 1941-1945 and an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1946 through 1967.
On Feb. 21, 1967, the 63 year old Murray was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson to the U.S. District Court and was confirmed by the Senate on April 5, 1967. He served on the court through 1977, and assumed senior status on the bench until his death in 1995 at the age of 91.
Hon. James C. Shannon
Attorney, Politician, Judge
James C. Shannon, former governor of Connecticut and a former associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 1971.
Shannon, a native of Bridgeport, CT, received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown in 1918 and a law degree from Yale in 1921. He served as city attorney for Bridgeport from 1923 to 1932, and then began a successful private practice, representing the Connecticut Federation of Labor.
In 1946, Shannon was elected lieutenant governor of the state of Connecticut. On March 7, 1948, governor James L. McConaughy died in office, elevating Shannon to governor. Shannon served through early 1949, having lost the 1948 election to the president pro tempore of the state senate, Robert Parsons.
Shannon was named to the Connecticut Superior Court , serving from 1953 to 1965. In 1965, he was appointed to the Connecticut Supreme Court, but served only one year because he reached the retirement age of 70.
James Shannon died in 1980 at the age of 83.