The 2004 Awardees
Robert L. Andrews
Business Executive, Alumni Volunteer
BSBA 1968, JD 1971
South Salem, NY
Robert Andrews, a New York based financial advisor, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Park Hyatt Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA on April 24, 2004.
A 1968 graduate of the School of Business Administration and a 1971 graduate of the Law Center, Andrews partnered with his brother Vincent Andrews (B'62) to provide financial counsel to corporations, foundations, and high net worth individuals for over forty years.
A member of the Board of Governors of the Georgetown University Alumni Association from 1995 through 2004, Andrews has served on numerous University committees, as well as being a veteran leader for the Class of 1968's undergraduate reunion efforts.
Hon. Mary Lupo
Mary Lupo, a retired judge from Palm Beach County FL, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Park Hyatt Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA on April 24, 2004.
Lupo grew up in New York, where she earned her bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattanville College and a master's degree in mathematics at John Hopkins. She taught after college but when her husband entered Georgetown Law, she earned a scholarship and entered law school instead. In 1977, she became the first woman to become a county judge in Palm Beach, FL. From 1984 through 2004, she was a state circuit court judge.
Judge Lupo was thrust in the national conversation in 1991, when she served as the presiding judge in a criminal trial against Dr. William Smith (M'92), whose middle name--Kennedy--was as much on trial as Smith was. The nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Smith was accused of sexual assault following a night of parties attended with the senator and other guests. The case was the first criminal trial ever broadcast on national television, predating the O.J. Simpson trial by four years, and Judge Lupo was cited for her no-nonsense approach to the case. Dr. Smith was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
Judge Lupo and her husband, Ed Ricci (L'73, a 1999 John Carroll awardee) are active volunteers in the Georgetown alumni community, and have endowed a professorship in juvenile justice to the Law Center.
Dr. Thomas D. Rizzo
Physician, Alumni Volunteer
MD 1956, AB 1958
Dr. Thomas Dignan Rizzo, a New York based orthopedic surgeon and a founding member of the School of Medicine's Board of Visitors, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Park Hyatt Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA on April 24, 2004.
Born and raised in New York, Rizzo attended Fordham Prep before matriculating at Georgetown. In a unique academic situation, he received his MD degree two years before his undergraduate degree. "He was a cum laude graduate from Georgetown University and Georgetown Medical School in 1958 and 1956, respectively," said Dr. Rizzo's obituary. "The discrepancy occurred when he was accepted to medical school early, prior to completing his undergraduate studies."
Following Georgetown, Dr. Rizzo completed his residency in New York and served on the staff of Lawrence Hospital as an orthopedic surgeon until 2009. He served as a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Georgetown School of Medicine's Board of Visitors, which he helped found.
Dr. Rizzo served on the of Governors of the Georgetown University Alumni Association from 1970 to 1973. He was a recipient of the medical school's Founders Award in 1998.
Dr. Thomas Rizzo died in 2010 at the age of 79.
Mark J. Siskin
Attorney, Alumni Volunteer
Mark Siskin, an Atlanta attorney and former president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Park Hyatt Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA on April 24, 2004.
A 1971 graduate of the school of Foreign Service, Siskin received his law degree from Emory University in 1974 and has practiced law in Atlanta since. He is a partner in the firm of Zion, Tarleton, and Siskin.
" He has served on the alumni association's Board of Governors since 1991," read the 2004 announcement of his award " [Siskin] has served as an admissions interviewer since 1976, has been president of the Georgetown Club of Georgia, has served on several reunion planning committees for the Class of 1971 and as a member of the Third Century Campaign Gala Steering Committee, and has been co-chair of the  John Carroll Awards Weekend Committee. He also has served as president of the DeKalb County Bar Association, and he is on the board of directors of the metropolitan Atlanta division of the American Heart Association."
In the intervening years, Siskin has continued to be an active servant leader within the alumni community, with warmth and good cheer. In 2004, he served a two year term as president of the Alumni Association, followed by an ex-officio position with the Board of Regents and Board of Directors, and remains active in numerous student and alumni outreach programs.
Hon. James R. Zazzali
AB 1958, LLB 1962
James R. Zazzali, former chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the Park Hyatt Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA on April 24, 2004.
Born in Newark, NJ in 1937, Zazzali earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown before returning to Newark to practice law. He served as an assistant Essex County prosecutor, general counsel to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority from 1974 to 1981, and was state attorney general from 1981 to 1982. His role as attorney general was short lived--when Gov. Thomas Kean won the governor's race in 1982, he promptly replaced Zazzali with Irwin Immelman, the attorney who represented Kean in a recount of the election results.
Following a number of years in private practice, Zazzali was nominated to the state supreme court by Gov. Christine Whitman and served until his retirement age of 70 in 2007.
" Chief Justice Zazzali, the son of a labor lawyer and a labor lawyer himself, never forgot the plight of the worker," wrote David M. Straus of the Rutgers Law School in 2007. "In the corporate law context, the Chief Justice, in a practical fashion, generally sought to level the playing field for aggrieved investors, consumers, and property owners seeking redress against corporate entities and municipalities. In short, Chief Justice Zazzali's civil jurisprudence reflects his sympathy for the "little guy." By taking care of the Garden State's underdogs, Chief Justice Zazzali was more than a caretaker."